The Aussie 7s Men’s side have claimed top spot at the London round of the World Rugby Sevens Series, beating New Zealand in a golden point victory in London.
The win is a huge boost for the side’s Commonwealth Games preparations, and gives the Australians a huge chance of winning the World Series title in the final round at Los Angeles in late August..
The side qualified for the final after beating series leader South Africa and Samoa, leading to a re-match with New Zealand after their Pool C defeat on Saturday.
Henry Paterson produced one of his best performances in the final, scoring two tries which took the game to golden-point extra time.
Australia was able to regain possession from the restart, which led to a break by series star Corey Toole who was able to find Paterson for the match-winner, sealing his hat-trick in the process.
Captain Nick Malouf said: “I’m just so proud of the performance from our boys.”
“We spoke about getting to work and putting in a tradesman-like performance and some of the efforts throughout the day, I cannot be prouder of everyone’s effort.
“We’ve worked so hard for this so I’m glad we’re finally got the reward that I feel like we’ve deserved.
“We’ve still got LA to go but it’s a good result for all the hard work we’re putting in,” Malouf added.
“This is the first Cup final that I’ve or anyone in this group has won. We looked at some photos of ‘Chucky’ (James Stannard) winning it in 2010 through the week so we knew it was possible – so to come out here and do it is incredible.”
The victory vaults Australia to second place on World Series ladder, sitting just two points behind South Africa.
The next task for the squad is the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham at the end of July, before travelling to Los Angeles for the final round of the World Series in August.
Aussie Men’s 7s London Results
Men’s Pool C
Australia 19 defeated by New Zealand 24
Australia 26 defeated Canada 5
Australia 28 defeated France 19
Cup Quarter Final
Australia 21 defeated South Africa 17
Australia 28 defeated Samoa 14
Australia 19 defeated New Zealand 14