Australia's Liam McNamara, centre left, gets the better of United States rival Maka Unufe during the Vancouver Sevens tournament.
Australia's Liam McNamara, centre left, gets the better of United States rival Maka Unufe during the Vancouver Sevens tournament. DARRYL DYCK

Australia to take on Fiji in sevens tournament

RUGBY UNION: Australia's men's side has booked a Vancouver Sevens cup quarter-final against world and Olympic champions Fiji after going two from three in pool play.

Andy Friend's side beat France 12-7, belted Japan 36-7 before being outclassed by the United States 29-5.

Young gun Liam McNamara notched a hat-trick of tries against Japan while Lachie Anderson's star continues to rise after some impressive performances.

"Again the young blokes are the ones leading the way for us," coach Friend said.

"I'm pleased for those young fellas but just really disappointed with how we finished the day against USA.

"We just couldn't get our way into the game against USA. We said possession is everything and we turned it over so before we knew it we were out of the game at 24-0."

Friend said the Australians have the game to beat Fiji.

"They are definitely beatable, we know that," he said

"We challenged them in Vegas last week and ran them close but let in a couple of easy tries.

"We will definitely have to lift our performance based on that last game against USA though.

"The team that turns up mentally prepared to put their body on the line tomorrow will win this one."

The quarter-final against Fiji will kick off at 6.14am this morning.

In other quarter-finals, South Africa will take on Canada, USA plays Argentina and New Zealand will line up against England.

News Corp Australia


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