Australia qualifies for the Rio 2016 Olympics after yesterdays impressive performance beating Tonga 50-0 in the final
AUCKLAND: MONDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2015: Samoa Sevens Rugby still have a chance to earn their spot at Rio 2016 and will go through to the Final Olympic Qualification Tournament following a shocking loss to Tonga in the semis of the Oceania Sevens in Auckland yesterday.
Other nations they’ll face in that tournament include Tonga, Uruguay, Chile, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Russia, Germany, Ireland, Hong Kong, South Korea and Sri Lanka.
Samoa were widely expected to win their way through to the final and give Australia a serious run for their money in yesterdays final however she settled for third place.
A determined Tongan performance described by the TV commentators as a tsunami that ran the full 14 minutes left the Samoan side looking very ordinary given their performances the previous day.
An impressive Australian side took out the 2015 Oceania Sevens tournament and gained automatic qualification for Rugby Sevens at the 2016 Rio Olympics after thumping Tonga 50-0 in the tournament final.
Australia thumped American Samoa in their quarter-final 52-0 before earning a place in the final with a 36-0 semi-final win over Papua New Guinea.
Samoa and Tonga both dominated their quarter-final appearances with one-sided wins over Nauru and Solomon Islands respectively.
However it was in their semi-final that the plot took a twist as Tonga came out firing and ultimately thumped four-time champions Samoa with a margin of 41-5.
Australia then came up against Tonga for the second time in two days when they played them in the final, having defeated them comprehensively in the pools stage, 49-0.
Unfortunately for Tonga any confidence they accrued from their upset win over Samoa was swiftly destroyed.
Australia were up 30-0 at half time, and led 50-0 when the game ended, a powerful display. Ultimately, the side conceded just seven points in six matches at the tournament.
It’s the third time Australia has won the Oceania Sevens tournament, along with victories in 2010 and 2012.
Australia has automatically qualified for the Rugby Sevens event at the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The Australian women’s side also successfully qualified for the Olympics at the tournament.
Fijiana, the Fiji Womens team also qualified to be alongside their male counterparts in Rio after dominating the Oceania Tournament in Auckland in the weekend.