The Land Rover NT Mosquitoes finished Day One of the National 7’s Championships in stunning fashion with a 59-0 victory over Tasmania to record the largest score across both the Men’s and Women’s Divisions.
After having lost narrowly to Australian Universities and ACT earlier in the Day the Mosquitoes finished third as per their seeding in Pool C but were the best placed third team and therefore 7th overall and qualified for the Cup Quarter Finals.
The campaign started slowly against Australian Universities who posted three tries from turnovers before Wise Sekitoga scored on half time to trail 22-5 and then scoring 3 tries to 1 in the second half to fall short by 27-26.
Scorers Game 1; W Sekitoga, L Nabuliwaqa, R Butcher, S Cakau Tries R Butcher 3 Conv.
The Mozzies were again slow off the mark in Game Two against the ACT who got away to a 15 point lead before a piece of Setefano magic brought the halftime score to 15-7.
ACT scored early in the second half to hold a 20-7 lead before 2 quick late tries got the Mozzies back to 20-19 with a Butcher conversion from the sideline to take the lead. The kick went wide and ACT secured a late try after full time to win 25-19.
Scorers Game 2; S Cakau, Z Phillips, V Mehn Tries R Butcher 2 Conv
The Mozzies dominated the match against Tasmania from the outset and rattled up nine tries. Australian Universities topped Pool C after defeating ACT 10-7.
Scorers Game 3; R Butcher 3, Z Phillips 2, R Mulholland, V Mehn, B Parkes, P Springhall Tries R Butcher 7 Conv.
The Mosquitoes take on NSW this morning with the winner advancing to the Semi Finals of the Cup while a loss will send them to the Plate Semi Finals.
Top 8 finishing order in the Men's Division - 1. Queensland Red, 2. NSW, 3.Australian Universities, 4.Victoria, 5. ACT 6. Queensland White 7. Northern Territory 8. National Indigenous
The Goannas will line-up against Victoria in the Semi Finals of the Bowl after losing their three matches on Day One.
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