Aon Uni 7s Series: Stage set for thrilling day two in Sydney

Photo: rugby.com.au / Karen Watson

The stage is set for another thrilling day of competition at Macquarie University in Sydney tomorrow, after day one of the second event on the Aon Uni 7s Series calendar offered an avalanche of tries, plenty of drama and some great women’s footy.

Current competition leaders University of Queensland – following their series win in Tasmania a fortnight ago – have again laid down the gauntlet to everyone else, with three wins over University of New England (22-15), University of Tasmania (21-5) and Griffith University (21-10), maintaining their unbeaten run and leaving them on top of Pool A with a spot in the semi-finals.

Pool B saw a shoot-out for the top spot between Bond University and local favourites, Macquarie University, with both sides victorious in their opening two matches. That left the clash between them to decide who took bragging rights into day two, Bond opening up a 12-3 lead but a late try from Olivia Brooks converted by Aussie Olympic Sevens star Chloe Dalton, leaving the teams tied at 17-all, with Bond claiming first place on points differential.

One win and a draw was enough for Griffith University to edge out University of New England and round out the top four teams that will now play off for the medals – the same four sides that contested the semi-finals in Round One in Tasmania.

Elsewhere, Wallaroo Mahalia Murphy capped off her Uni 7s debut with a couple of tries for University of Adelaide, but will have to be content with contesting for a 5th place finish at best after her side finished third in Pool B.

Day Two kicks off at Macquarie University at 10.40am, with the Gold Medal Play-Off scheduled for 1.40pm as a curtain-raiser for the NRC clash between the Sydney Rays and Greater Sydney Rams at 3pm.

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Mahalia Murphy on the charge – Photo: rugby.com.au / Karen Watson

Results:

POOL A

University of Queensland 22 University of New England 15

Griffith University 39 University of Tasmania 10

Griffith University 19 University of New England 19

University of Queensland 28 University of Tasmania 5

University of Queensland 21 Griffith University 10

University of New England 35 University of Tasmania 10

POOL B

Bond University 25 University of Canberra 12

Macquarie University 31 University of Adelaide 5

Macquarie University 10 University of Canberra 5

Bond University 28 University of Adelaide 5

Bond University 17 Macquarie University 17

University of Adelaide 22 University of Canberra 20

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Day Two Fixtures:

10:40am – University of Tasmania v University of Adelaide – 5th place semi final

11:00am – University of New England v University of Canberra – 5th place semi final

11:20am – Griffith University v Bond University – semi final

11:40am – University of Queensland v Macquarie University – semi final

12:30pm – 7th place playoff

12:50pm – 5th place playoff

1:10pm – Bronze Medal Playoff

1:30pm – Gold Medal Playoff

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