The Land Rover Northern Territory Mosquitoes delivered the upset of the tournament when they the defeated the NSW Waratah 7s 19-17 in a Cup Quarter Final of the National 7s in Adelaide yesterday.
The Mozzies were down 17-12 on full-time when Zac Phillips scored in the corner with the sideline conversion from Robbie Butcher clinching a memorable victory.
The win took the Mozzies to a Semi Final berth against Australian Universities two hours later and a rematch against a team that had defeated them by a solitary point the day before.
The side looked flat and lacked enthusiasm and were well beaten by the students 32-7 before going down 31-7 to the ACT in the playoff for third.
A fourth-place finish was a great accomplishment for the team who finished tenth in the 2015 tournament.
Queensland defeated Universities 31-19 in the Cup Final.
The Mozzies best for the weekend were Bobby Nurse, Vinny Mehn and Robbie Butcher.
Victoria defeated NSW to win the Plate Final after Western Australia defeated Australian Services in the final of the Bowl.
The Mosquitoes under coach Tim Atkinson now have two months to prepare for their next assignment – the Coca-Cola Hottest 7s in the World in Darwin.
In the Women's Competition the Goanna’s tasted victory in the Semi Final of the Bowl with a 20-5 win over Victoria before going down 29-0 to Australian Universities in the Bowl Final for a 10th placed finish overall.
Queensland Red defeated NSW (Dark Blue) in the Cup Final. The Reds had an NT link with Darwin born Kiri Lingman (daughter of Wylie and Shelley) in the team.
The Goannas are also headed towards the Coca-Cola Hottest 7s in the World with a $20k Prize Pool for the Women from a total Pool of $80k
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