The third leg of the Aon Uni 7s Series saw The University of Queensland secure their third consecutive tournament win after defeating Macquarie University in the gold medal match at their home ground on Sunday afternoon.
In an incredibly fast-paced final, Macquarie University gave the two-time champions a run for their money, but ultimately the experience of the Queenslanders shone through, with The University of Queensland defeating Macquarie University 12-7.
The victory all but ensures The University of Queensland will take out the inaugural Aon Uni 7s Series with one round remaining at Bond University.
Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp said: "Each university’s student-athletes are showing solid performances with significant improvement from round one in Launceston, but The University of Queensland has emerged as a formidable opponent with their third straight win in a row.”
"As the Series comes to a head, we are seeing the abundant talent of university student-athletes, determined to forge a pathway to represent Australia on the international rugby sevens stage.”
In the bronze medal match, University of Canberra took an early lead against Bond University but Bond levelled the score early in the second half. With scores locked at 12-12, Bond University found the match winner with Katie Heffernan crashing over the try line to give Bond University a 19-12 victory.
The University of Queensland player Grace Kaihau said: “It feels pretty good; this tournament was about backing up and working hard for each other and that’s what we did in the end."
“Usually if things start getting messy we just try and keep composed. We have experienced players like Emilee Cherry out there who keep us composed."
“It’s pretty crazy (to win three tournaments), we still have to come out though and play like we have nothing to lose as we know the other teams are chasing us.”
Macquarie University Captain Emily Chancellor said: “We’re pretty disappointed with that game to be honest. I think we gave them too much ball, we made some silly execution issues. We’ve done one better than we have in previous tournaments and we are really happy with that."
“We’re out for the win, (in round four) we know UQ have pretty much done it now, but we’re going to make them finish on a loss.”
The inaugural Aon Uni 7s Series will conclude with round four at Bond University on the Gold Coast, kicking off Friday 29 September.
Check out the photos from day 1 and day 2.
Head to the Australian University Sport Facebook page to view the event live streams.
Aon Uni 7s ladder after round three:
1st: The University of Queensland - 60 points
2nd: Bond University - 52 points
3rd: Macquarie University - 48 points
4th: Griffith University - 38 points
5th: University of Canberra - 34 points
6th: The University of Adelaide - 30 points
7th: University of New England - 26 points
8th: University of Tasmania - 24 points
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