Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Geraint John has lauded his charges after
they recorded their second top-three finish in consecutive weeks.
finished third in Port Elizabeth to go with their runner-up spot last weekend
in Dubai as John’s side cemented a top-four spot in the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens
Series standings. After seeing off the challenge of Fiji (31-19), they fell to
eventual winners and new series leaders South Africa (10-19) in the Cup
Semi-Final. Australia then saw off Argentina (34-19) in the 3rd/4th Place
outside back Pama Fou scored 11 tries for the weekend and was deservedly named
in the South African Sevens Player of the Tournament.
thought we played really well today,” said Head Coach Geraint John.
“The key for us after the last two weeks we have had is to keep on
building on what we have been working on. It’s been successful [the tournaments
in Dubai and Port Elizabeth], but we can’t give anything up now or we will have
other countries breathing down our necks.
the good tournaments we have had in the past two weeks are testament to the
whole playing squad, not just the 12 who are here. Everyone should take credit
for the work they have put in and the way in which everyone has pushed each
the Cup Semi-Final against South Africa, I felt we controlled the first half.
But the reality is that they are the benchmark side in the World Series at the
moment and any errors – however small – are capitalised upon. But I have to
praise the character of the boys to recover from that disappointment and put in
a performance full of character in the 3rd Place Play-Off against Argentina,
particularly with the tight turnaround.”
the performance of Pama Fou, John added: “He’s had a positive weekend,
that’s for sure. People will probably forget he could have had a few more tries
had he played the game against Zimbabwe (a 50-0 victory) on Saturday so he’ll
go away very, very confident from this.”
Aussies qualified for the Cup Semi-Finals after stunning previous World Series
leaders Fiji for the second week in a row. Despite falling behind early on, a
Pama Fou double and Cameron Clark gave the green and gold a healthy 12 point
advantage at the break. Back-to-back tries right at the start of the second
half from Vatemo Ravouvou and Savenaca Rawaca gave Fiji a narrow lead, but Pama
Fou completed his hat-trick before skipper Ed Jenkins capitalised on a cheeky
James Stannard grubber to seal a berth in the last four.
the Semi-Final itself against South Africa in front of a vocal local crowd, it
was Australia that dominated the opening stanza. Ed Jenkins finished off a sweeping
move to give the green and gold the lead before Pama Fou dotted down on the
left wing to double his sides advantage. Inevitably, the hosts came out fired
up for the second half and hit back with tries from Branco du Preez, Kyle Brown
and Werner Kok to put the tie out of reach.
a team fast threatening to become its bogey side in the World Series –
Argentina – Australia raced into a 19-point lead with tries from Pama Fou, Ed
Jenkins and Nick Malouf. However, three back-to-back tries saw the South
Americans level the scores. However, Pama Fou sealed his hat-trick as he bagged
another double – his 10th and 11th of a stellar weekend – to put his side back
in front. Tom Cusack finished off late on to seal a thrilling win.
at the Port Elizabeth Sevens, South Africa beat New Zealand (26-17) to take
over at the top of the World Series standings, while the USA shocked Fiji
(21-14) to win the Plate and finish fifth. Australia sit fourth on the ladder
and have opened up a six-point gap over fifth-placed Argentina.
next round of the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series heads to Wellington in New
Zealand on the weekend of 6-7 February as all competing countries go in search
of a top-four finish that will guarantee qualification for the Rio Olympics in
Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens results in Port Elizabeth, South
Africa, 13-15 December:
Australia 33-21 Portugal, Pool B
Australia 50-0 Zimbabwe, Pool B
Australia 21-31 Argentina, Pool B
Australia 31-19 Fiji, Cup Quarter-Final
Australia 10-19 South Africa, Cup Semi-Final
Australia 34-19 Argentina, 3rd / 4th Place Play-Off
Final placings for the South Africa Sevens (Top 6): 1. South
Africa (22 World Series points), 2. New Zealand (19 points), 3. Australia (17
points), 4. Argentina (15 points), 5. USA (13 points), 6. Fiji (12 points)
Current standings in the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series after
three rounds (Top 6): 1. South Africa (59 World Series points), 2.
Fiji (51 points) 3. New Zealand (47 points) 4. Australia (46 points) 5.
Argentina (40 points) 6. England (37 points)