Australia Sevens have been anything but consistent in the 2018-19 HSBC World Sevens Series. And head coach Tim Walsh is particularly frustrated at the second-rate performances his team have been displaying on the pitch, while hoping they can turn it around at the Hong Kong Sevens next weekend.
“Sevens is about playing with consistency and winning key moments. We haven’t done either of those terribly well, which is why we’re where we are,” Walsh said, referring to the Wallaby 7s’ sixth place in the world series standings.
“It’s really important to believe in what we’re doing and results won’t go our way sometimes and they will other times. At the moment less of them are going our way. That’s where the frustration lies. Sixth is a true reflection of where we’re at.”
— AU 7s (@Aussie7s) March 28, 2019
Inconsistent performances ensured Australia finished sixth in the Las Vegas Sevens tournament followed by a ninth-placed finish in the Vancouver tournament. However, they face a tough time in Hong Kong and may even struggle to qualify for the main cup competition from their “Group of Death” preliminary round.
The Aussies are in Pool C with Fiji, New Zealand and Kenya and need to produce their best rugby if they are to secure a top two place and compete in the main event. Third place or below means they can finish no higher than ninth.
Walsh, meanwhile, has named his 13-man squad for the Hong Kong Sevens: Nick Malouf, Simon Kennewell, Jeral Skelton, Lachy Miller, Lewis Holland (captain), Ben O’Donnell, Tim Anstee, Liam McNamara, Henry Hutchison, Dylan Pietsch, Maurice Longbottom, Joe Pincus, Brandon Quinn.