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Uprising experience helps Australia

Rashneel Kumar, In Wellington
Thursday, January 31, 2013

AUSTRALIA will rely a lot on the experience it gained at the Uprising Fiji International Sevens tournament in the Wellington 7s which starts tomorrow at the Westpac Stadium.

Coach Michael O'Connor fielded an Australian Thunderbolt team at the Uprising 7s earlier this month and won the plate competition.

O'Connor was impressed with his young gladiators and hoped they would put on a better performance in the third leg of the 2012/13 HSBC IRB Sevens World Series.

"From where we started (in the Uprising 7s) there was a lot of improvement from the side," O'Connor said.

"There were some encouraging signs because we started to get some teamwork together."

O'Connor pointed out defence had been their major downfall which they were hoping to improve on this weekend.

He said decision making around the ruck area was their biggest problem.

"In the past three IRB tournaments, we have let in more tries than we scored so defence is our main concern."

Meanwhile O'Connor, who has already began his preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games, is hoping to retain his young squad.

"Our average age is 20 and if we can hold these boys for couple more years they will be in a good shape by then."Australia is pooled with Fiji, Scotland and Portugal in Pool D