The Australian Men’s Sevens will be looking to continue their World Series success kicking off in Vancouver this weekend.
Australia has opted to make one change to their side, which came third last week in Singapore with Nathan Lawson returning from injury to replace Stu Dunbar, who was unavailable for selection.
An in-form Henry Hutchison is also set to mark a milestone this weekend as he sits one try shy of the 100 Rugby Sevens World Series, seeing him tally up an impressive 500 points.
Two-time Olympian Hutchison, who has played in 37 tournaments, has starred alongside Corey Toole and Dietrich Roache to put Australia in medal contention at the Commonwealth Games later.
They could own a world title before that, John Manenti’s side sitting second thanks to two silvers and a third in five events this season.
Australia will kick off their campaign against tournament host Canada before taking on Spain and then-current World Series leaders South Africa in their opening pool stages on day one.
Fans can catch all the action LIVE on BeIN Sports as well as Kayo Sports as well as the following all of the game-by-game action below:
Australia 26 defeated Canada 10
The Australians have commenced their campaign with a win over Canada. The home side struck first, going back-to-back quickly to charge to an early lead. However, as the Australians warmed up, Corey Toole didn’t take long to find the posts to close the gap before halftime.
Josh Turner immediately responded in the second half to take the lead for the Aussies before Lawson made his return to the World Series known for crossing for a try of his own. As the men in gold continued to apply pressure, Maurice Longbottom would cross for Australia’s final try, securing the win at 26 to 10.
Australia 38 defeated Spain 0
Australia has again kept its impressive run, leaving Spain scoreless during their second Pool C clash. Corey Toole again opened the scoring for Australia before Josh Turner crossed to give the side the lead at the break.
However, it was the second half when the Australians applied the pressure. Lawson opened the flood gates for Australia as he rang the length of the field to cross for his second of the tournament. Before the program stalwart Henry Hutchison struck for his 100th World Series Try. Longbottom rounded out the scorecard for the Aussies, leaving them ahead 38-0 at full time.
Australia 19 defeated by South Africa 22
The Australian Men’s Sevens have fallen to South Africa during their final pool match of day one. South Africa opened the scoring; however, quick tries to Ben Marr and Matt Gonzalez say the Aussies lead 14-10 at halftime.
A linebreak from Corey Toole saw the Aussies again open up the South African defense allowing Nick Malouf to cross, furthering the Australian’s lead. However, the World Champions, South Africa, showed their class, controlling possession for the remainder of the second half to come back and pip the Aussies 19 to 22.
Australia 19 defeated New Zealand 12
The Men’s program has come back from a scoreless first half to defeat New Zealand and claim their spot in the World Series semi-final in Canada.
Australia trailed 12-0 at halftime before they commenced their second-half offensive. Ben Marr was first to cross for the Australians before Corey Toole crossed for back to back trying to claim the lead. However, it was the boot of Longbottom that proved the nail in the coffin for New Zealand.
Australia 12 defeated by Argentina 24
The Aussie Men have fallen during the Cup Semi-Final against Argentina, going down 12-24 in the team’s second-last match. Argentina scored first before Dietrich Roache quickly retailed for the Australians to level the score.
Josh Turner followed, dancing up the sideline to cross for a try of his own before Argentina again broke the Australian defense to level the scores at the break.
Argentina owned possession in the second half with a Yellow card seeing Aussie captain Nick Malouf sent from the field in the match’s closing stages, allowing visitors to capitalize and secure their 12-24 win.
Australia will round out the tournament at 10:28 am AEST, where they will face Samoa in the Bronze final.