Aussie men undefeated at Las Vegas Sevens
AUSTRALIA'S men's rugby sevens team have built on their much-improved performance at the Sydney Sevens by going through undefeated on day one of the Las Vegas Sevens.
Coach Andy Friend welcomed back the experienced trio of ex-captain Ed Jenkins, Tom Lucas and Nick Malouf for the tournament and their inclusions made an immediate impact, with each of them getting on the scoresheet.
Australia started their campaign with a come-from-behind 28-21 win over Scotland, with Jenkins scoring the matchwinner on the stroke of full-time.
Earlier, Malouf opened the scoring for Australia before impressive youngster Lachie Anderson scored two tries to bring them back into the game.
A try to Lucas and another two tries to Anderson helped secure Australia a 19-12 win over Japan in their second match.
Victory against Olympic champions Fiji on Sunday morning (7.50am AEST) will secure top spot in Pool D for Australia.
Australia's Olympic champion women's team, meanwhile, lost their final pool match in their Las Vegas Sevens campaign to arch-rival New Zealand 21-14.
After both powerhouses smashed Pool C rivals England and Brazil, Black Ferns superstar Portia Woodman scored two tries in the opening six minutes against the Aussies.
Emilee Cherry and Charlotte Caslick scored to bring Australia level at 14-all in the second half, only for NZ's Michaela Blyde to deliver the winning try. Aussie Chloe Dalton left the field injured in the second stanza.
New Zealand topped Pool C thanks to its win, booking a quarter-final against Russia (second in Pool A). Australia's second spot in the pool gave it a quarter-final against Fiji on Sunday morning (3.06am AEST).
Australia opened their Vegas tournament by crushing England 31-14. Cherry scored a hat-trick for the Aussies, after England notched the first try through captain Abigail Brown. Ellia Green finished with a double for Australia after coming off the bench.
Australia then recorded a thumping 38-0 win over Brazil, who were beaten in their opener by New Zealand 24-0. NZ beat England 27-5 in their second match.