The Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens team has fallen at the quarter final stages of the HSBC Dubai Sevens, going down to Samoa 14-19.
On day one, Australia went undefeated, accounting for Scotland, Ireland and the USA to ensure Australia topped Pool B. The quarter final saw an emotional Samoan team overcome the gold jersey in a physical clash, that left Australia frustrated on not making the top four.
The Aussie Men’s Sevens will re-group ahead of the second round of the Series in Cape Town next weekend.
Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach, Tim Walsh said: “We had a good opening two days and I was impressed with the whole squad in making sure we topped our pool.
“Against Samoa two contrasting styles hit each other and it came down to who could nullify the other’s attack. We had our chances and winning Sevens means taking those chances and Samoa were able to do that today.
“We’ll get into our recovery and make sure we bounce back stronger for Cape Town in round two.”
Qantas Australian Men’s Sevens results, Dubai
Australia 43 defeated Scotland 14
Australia 45 defeated Ireland 21
Australia 24 defeated USA 12
QF: Australia 14 was defeated by Samoa 19
- Trae Williams and Josh Turner earned their first caps for Australia on the HSBC Sevens World Series.
- Henry Hutchison topped the Aussie scoring for Dubai with 20 points.
- Nick Malouf Captained Australia the absence of the injured Lewis Holland.
- Australia scored 20 tries and 12 conversions for 126 points in Dubai.
- This weekend was the 50th time the Dubai Sevens has been held and was the opening round of the HSBC Men’s Sevens World Series.