Australia come of age with a great win in Tokyo

Australia have used a lot of players in their sevens teams over the last 3 years. In fact, Australia have always had a high turnover of players ever since the IRB World Sevens Series began.

Australian Super Rugby teams regularly contract players from their national sevens ranks. It doesn’t seem to take long for prominent names to move on.

It seems that many from their Commonwealth Games team were only just becoming established on the sevens circuit when they moved on.

There are only 3 players are left from the last Australia team to have won an IRB World Sevens Series event in London in 2010.

What it means is that coach Michael O’Connor does a wonderful job of getting young Australian rugby players up to speed – to instil the toughness, belief and team cohesion required to win an event.

A week earlier in Hong Kong, Australia were beaten in the last seconds of their quarter final by a run away try from the Series fastest man, Dan Norton of England. The Australians were on attack and had England pinned down int heir own 22 but Norton got away out wide ont the left and any Cup aspirations went with him.

Australia looked competent but they were still a little raw, making errors on defense and the occasional bad decisions on attack.

6 days later on Day#1 in Tokyo, they won their first 2 pool games but lost to New Zealand 22-10 in their last match.

But the team regrouped on Day#2 and beat Wales (21-14), England (33-12) and Samoa (28-26) in an epic final – just one week after being put out at the Plate semi-finals stage in Hong Kong.

Congratulations are due.

2010 Commonwealth Games Team 2010 London Sevens winning team 2012 Tokyo Sevens Winners
Bernard Foley
Liam Gill
Brackin Karauria-Henry
Patrick McCutcheon
Luke Morahan
Nicholas Phipps
Edward Quirk
Brian Sefanaia
Clinton Sills
Kimami Sitauti
James Stannard
Jacob Taylor
Lachlan Turner
Daniel Yakapo
Bernard Foley
Ed Jenkins
Brackin Karauria-Henry
Sam Latunipulu
Jesse Parahi
Nick Phipps
Clinton Sills
James Stannard
Ed Stubbs
Jacob Taylor
Henry Vanderglas
Daniel Yakopo
Damon Anderson
Thomas English
Allan Fa’alava’au
Gregory Jeloudev
Ed Jenkins
Matt Lucas
Sean McMahon
Jesse Parahi
Jordan Tuapou
Shannon Walker
Daniel Yakopo

3 Comments

  1. This was a very good win for the youngsters. They did a Samoa on Samoa with the last drop kick going over(a moment usually saved for Lolo Lui).

    I was a bit disappointed with the loss but because I know Allan, I couldn’t help but be happy for him and his family(especially his dad, who is rugby mad).

    There’ll come a time when Australia will need to select a team that mostly sticks together for consecutive seasons as preparation for the Rio Olympics. They might have to do some sort of contracting scheme like England.

    • I was happy for the Australians and especially Mick O’Connor. The guy’s squad gets routed every year yet he manages to garner a team that does very well.

      They must have been gutted losing to England in Hong Kong in the last seconds after playing so well and they managed to pick themselves up a few days later, make way less mistakes and really take their chances – all 12 of them!

      I’ve seen Lolo Lui nail some wonderful conversions – up there with ben Gollings for consistency.

      I spoke to a prominent Australian rugby figure about the level of priority given to their sevens programme and he said that the ARU ‘didn’t give a shit about sevens’.

      They do tend to make players available for the Commonwealth Games but I doubt that adding 1-2 individuals who have been playing only 15s will be enough. Everyone else’s programmes will be based on moulding a champion, dedicated sevens team from now until Rio.

      It’s going to be interesting to see how things develop between now and Rio with 2013 7s World Cup in Moscow and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

      Australia’s Super Rugby teams aren’t performing very well & with a lot of injuries, we could see some of their Sevens guys plucked before the Glasgow and London tournaments.

      • You gotta feel happy for them for those reasons alone – as well as the fact that they’re so young too.

        There always seems to be a point during each Series where Australia tend to play really well. It shouldn’t come to much surprise that it’s usually somewhere during the last few tournaments when this happens.

        Lolo has nailed so many important drop-goals. It’s funny how commentators always bring up the kick he made in Wellington 07, but never mention a far more important kick that he made to seal the deal for the Series title in Edinburugh ’10.

        Surprising to hear that they don’t care with them being a medal chance. Maybe once they get closer to the Olympics, they’ll start to care – especially as they’re not certain to even qualify.

        I’m looking forward to the moves teams make from here until Rio. I can imagine some of the star stalwart players getting cut.

        You could be right about players getting called up, especially if they belong to the Reds’ region.

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