After a thrilling opening day at Allianz Stadium, the Sydney Sevens is set to continue with more scintillating rugby fun over the next 12 hours.
Rugby fans have witnessed a thrilling opening day here in Sydney, as some of the world’s best players went head-to-head in the pursuit of glory.
In sevens, everything can change in a nanosecond – and that was proven to be the case in several thrilling games on Friday.
The match of the day was arguably a titanic clash between Canada and Hamilton Sevens Men’s champions Argentina.
Los Pumas were trailing 5-12 at the half-time break, but rallied in the dying stages with a couple of tries – including one after the break – to win by five.
Home crowd favourites Australia were among the standouts in both the men’s and women’s competitions, as they recorded an undefeated opening day on their home track.
Led by try-scoring machine Maddison Levi, the women’s team finished Day One with an emphatic 46-0 win over Spain. Levi, who now sits atop of the World Series try scoring standings, added another four tries to her season tally in that match.
But it didn’t all go to plan for the men.
While they only played once, and won that clash against Great Britain, they wasted a few try scoring opportunities during the first-half.
Head Coach John Manenti was far from pleased with the 12-7 victory, telling reporters after the match that a performance like that isn’t “going to win us too many games.”
“I think we turned (the ball) over four times in the first half in possession, and I think three of them probably should’ve been tries,” Manenti said.
“We should’ve iced the game by half-time.
“They know that, they know that. I know they’ll be feeling very emotional around playing here today and being a little bit excited and wanting to really do well.
“That’ll be good to get that out of the system.”
With the business end of the tournament now nigh on the horizon, team will be eager to get more wins on the board as they continue to dream big.
RugbyPass is here at Allianz Stadium, and will keep updated on all the latest action throughout Day Two of the Sydney Sevens.
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