Defeat at the death for rugby sevens against Aussies

DEFEAT: Wales' Luke Morgan in action in the rugby sevens at Ibrox

DEFEAT: Wales' Luke Morgan in action in the rugby sevens at Ibrox

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IT WAS the same old story for Welsh rugby against Australia as the sevens team were beaten at the death at Glasgow 2014.

The Welsh burst into a 19-0 first-half lead in the Commonwealth Games quarter-final with tries from ex-Newport Gwent Dragons man Will Harries and Lee Williams and Luke Morgan.

Two conversions came from Gareth Davies but his third attempt hit the post and that was to prove crucial in the end.

Australia responded with a try just before half-time and Wales led 19-7 at the interval.

The tension notched up when the Aussies scored another to reduce the deficit to 19-14 and Wales blew a golden opportunity to close out the game when Morgan failed to score in the corner.

The Australians made Wales pay by going the length of the field and scoring a decisive try in added time.

It denied Wales the chance of a medal and a semi-final against New Zealand.

“That was heartbreaking and the worst way to lose,” said captain Adam Thomas.

“Against the Aussies you know they are fit blokes and they will play for 14 minutes.

“We were hoping for a good start and that would carry us through.

“To lose in any form of the game like that is devastating. Let alone the quarter-finals of the Commonwealth Games.

“We could have scored at the end so we had a chance.

“I don’t know how we did not get over and that would have been game over. But that’s the way it goes.

“This has been an amazing personal experience. It’s my last involvement before I go off to Cardiff Blues.

“It would have been nice to finish with a medal but it was not to be.”

Wales went on to beat Kenya in the plate semi-final but were agains beaten after the final hooter by England in the plate final.

There was better news for Pontypool squash ace Scott Fitzgerald in Glasgow, however, as he beat Zambia’s Mwinga Lengwe in the plate semi-final at the Scotstoun Sports Campus.

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