UQ can feel the Uni 7s pack closing
IT will a case of the hunters and hunted when the the final round of the Aon Uni 7s Series kicks off on Friday at Bond University on the Gold Coast.
Uni of Queensland have won the first three rounds of this inaugural series and in doping so are yet to be beaten in their 15 starts.
But the chasing pack, led by hosts Bond University and Macquarie Uni Rays, are keen to put a dent in what has been a pretty impressive season.
All matches will be streamed LIVE on rugby.com.au from 1.30pm on Friday and 10am on Saturday.
The weekend will see “Super Saturday” descend on Bond University Rugby Club with a carnival of Rugby from the Aon Uni 7s Finals, through to the Finals of National U16s Championship, the Junior Gold Cup and the NRC clash between Queensland Country and Melbourne Rising.
Australian Women’s Sevens Head Coach Tim Walsh said: “UQ have been consistently performing at a very high standard over the whole series. Every win is one closer to a loss and I know all the other teams are wanting the prize scalp of UQ.
“The challenge for the other teams is to rise to the occasion and finish on a winning note.
“With the nature of Sevens and the quality of teams in this series, if you are not on your game then you can be beaten by anybody.
“The standard has risen every tournament and teams have built strong combinations and worked out strategies to exploit each other’s weaknesses.”
Bond University Executive Director of Sport, Garry Nucifora said: “Bond University is heavily invested in, and supportive of, the inaugural Aon 7s series, and has done a lot of work in recent years to develop women’s rugby from a grassroot, community level through to an elite level,” he said.
“The women who will be representing Australia in the women’s sevens at the Commonwealth Games next year on the Gold Coast will all be here at Bond this weekend, and playing their hearts out to be crowned the inaugural Aon Women’s University Sevens Champion.”
Australian University Sport CEO Don Knapp said: “The University of Queensland has proven itself as a formidable opponent in the Series with three straight wins in a row.
“The student-athletes representing the eight competing universities demonstrate the abundant talent within the university dual career education and sport pathway.
“With the last round hosted at Bond University this weekend, I’m sure the teams will all want to up-end The University of Queensland for their shot at the inaugural title.”
Aon Uni 7s Series Ladder:
1. University of Queensland 60 points
2. Bond University 52 points
3. Macquarie University 48 points
4. Griffith University 38 points
5. University of Canberra 34 points
6. University of Adelaide 30 points
7. University of New England 26 points
8. University of Tasmania 24 points