Tough draw for Gold Coast hosts

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:43
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Hosts Australia will play Samoa, Argentina and Scotland on Day One of the 2013/14 Sevens World Series opener.

Hosts Australia will play Samoa, Argentina and Scotland on Day One of the 2013/14 Sevens World Series opener, following the release of the Gold Coast tournament draw.

Skilled Park will host 16 international teams playing 45 matches on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 for the opener of the nine-round World Sevens Series.

Holders of the World Series and World Cup Sevens trophies, New Zealand take on the United States in the opening match of the tournament.

In their last meeting, at the World Cup in Moscow earlier this year, the USA lead the Kiwis into the final stages of a tense match only to lose after the final siren.

If this opening game is anything to go by, the tournament is sure to provide first-class play throughout the two-day tournament.

Boosted by an equal fifth placing in Moscow, the Australian squad is looking to kick off the season with a home-crowd advantage.

Australian coach Michael O'Connor acknowledged that Samoa and Argentina finished above the Australians last year, so it will be a very competitive pool.

"Argentina is coming off a very strong recent performance in Columbia at the World Games where they finished a close second to South Africa," O'Connor said.

"Scotland was one of the most improved sides last year, showing the benefit of an experienced player roster, combined with a full time centralised program. Scotland has had some significant wins over many of the top teams.

"Samoa must be one of the favourites to win the title, with so much local talent."

Aussie captain Ed Jenkins said the side was looking forward to getting back to the Gold Coast and that the draw would provide some tough matches.

"It's hard to know where teams are currently at with their pre-season training so our focus is solely on our own preparation at the moment and where we can improve our game," Jenkins said.

"Over the years we have had some great battles with Samoa and there is no doubt that it will be a very physical encounter as usual.

"Argentina has been a side to knock us out in crucial games over the past few years so we will have to be at our best if we are to beat them in a month's time."

Several much-anticipated match-ups on day one promise to give fans a taste of finals-like action.

Last season's runner-up South Africa faces World Cup runner up England in Pool B.

Defending Gold Coast Sevens champions Fiji heads up Pool C playing Wales, Portugal and Canada.


Pool A: New Zealand, Kenya, United States, Tonga
Pool B: South Africa, England, France, Spain
Pool C: Fiji, Wales, Canada, Portugal
Pool D: Samoa, Australia, Argentina, Scotland

There are currently no matches being played
Tue, 06 October 2015
Canada v Romania 15h45 Leicester
Fiji v Uruguay 19h00 Milton Keynes
Wed, 07 October 2015
South Africa v United States 15h45 London
Namibia v Georgia 19h00 Exeter
Fri, 09 October 2015
Pumas v Blue Bulls 16h00 Mbombela Stadium
Western Province v EP Kings 16h00 Newlands
New Zealand v Tonga 19h00 Newcastle
Sat, 10 October 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 12h00 Bloemfontein
Samoa v Scotland 13h30 Newcastle
Golden Lions v Griquas 14h00 Ellis Park
Australia v Wales 15h45 London
England v Uruguay 19h00 Manchester
Sun, 11 October 2015
Argentina v Namibia 11h00 Leicester
Italy v Romania 13h30 Exeter
France v Ireland 15h45 Cardiff
United States v Japan 19h00 Gloucester
Team P W D L Pts
Argentina Sevens 9 0 0 0 92
Wales Sevens 9 0 0 0 91
France Sevens 9 0 0 0 73
Scotland Sevens 9 0 0 0 48
United States Sevens 9 0 0 0 41
Kenya Sevens 9 0 0 0 40
New Zealand Sevens 9 3 0 0 167
Fiji Sevens 9 3 0 0 161
England Sevens 9 1 0 0 135
Samoa Sevens 9 1 0 0 133
South Africa Sevens 9 0 0 0 125
Australia Sevens 9 0 0 0 112
Canada Sevens 9 0 0 0 33
Spain Sevens 9 0 0 0 19
Portugal Sevens 9 0 0 0 18