Dublin, Jan 28, 2018: Australian has won the HSBC Sydney Sevens beating defending tournament and current sevens series champions South Africa 29-0 in the Cup Final at Allianz Stadium. Argentina finished third after beating USA 31-10 in the Bronze Final (Australia Win HSBC Sydney Sevens).
The victory emulated the women’s team who won earlier in the day ensuring it was an all-Australian sweep on the Australia Day long weekend in Sydney.
The Cup Final concluded three days of action at Allianz Stadium and saw the only two unbeaten teams do battle for the title. In the end Australia outplayed South Africa right from the kick-off scoring five tries while keeping the opposition scoreless with aggressive defence.
Australian Lachlan Anderson an emerging talent within the team was voted HSBC Player of the Final in what was a complete a team effort.
Commenting after the final whistle Anderson said, “It is still hard to take it in and it is pretty special, but we have been talking about this for a long time.”
“We started the work last July and drew a line in the sand as we hadn’t won for a while. We put the pieces in place and its great that we got the reward this weekend.”
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The Cup Final victory was Australia’s first since Tokyo in 2012 and moves them up to third in the HSBC Men’s Sevens Series standings behind South Africa and New Zealand.
Earlier in the day in the first quarter-final of the day USA dominated possession to completely shut out and knockout Pool A winners Fiji, while South Africa had too much physicality and class to beat Kenya. The Trans-Tasman quarter-final clash saw Australia surprise arch rivals New Zealand while Argentina continued their improvement with a win over England.
In semi-finals Australia thrilled their fans to make the final at home by beating Argentina who were finalists in Cape Town. South Africa imposed their authority as defending HSBC Sevens Series champions and were too strong for USA.
The 5th place play-off saw New Zealand beat Fiji 31-7 while France beat Wales 29-12 in the Trophy final. —- Worldrugby