Sweltering Sevens competition underway18 January 2013
RUGBY SEVENS: The Australian men’s and women’s rugby sevens sides had an excellent start to the AYOF tournament on Friday morning.
The men’s side began its campaign in fine fashion, overcoming a tough Tongan outfit 21-12.
Bill Valetini opened the scoring within the first 2 minutes of the match for Australia which was then quickly followed up with a second Australian try only a few minutes later to Harry Jones.
Tonga hit back, however, engineering a strong play up the middle of the field to score under the posts, taking the half-time score to 14-7.
The start of the second half began at a bit of a slower rate than the first, however Australia were first to add to the tally with captain Jack Tuttle crossing over giving his side a 12-point lead.
Tonga got a consolation try on the bell leaving the full-time score 21-12.
The Australian women’s side had a convincing win in their first match of the tournament, hammering South Africa 52-7.
Incredibly, there were seven different try scorers for the Australian side with Tiana Penitani instrumental crossing over for a double and setting up another.
In other matches, Japan and China had convincing wins in the women’s draw and Japan defeated China in the opening men’s match 34-5.
Follow the AYOF on Twitter @AYOF2013 # AYOF2013 #RoadtoRio