Aussies rugby hopes hanging by a thread

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Australia's men's rugby sevens run is inactive live aft a topsy-turvy opening day, but a immense trial awaits against New Zealand connected Tuesday greeting if they are to guarantee a harmless transition to the quarter-finals.

The Aussies were expected to easy relationship for South Korea connected Monday night, and they did conscionable that with a 42-5 triumph successful lukewarm evening conditions successful Tokyo.

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Dylan Pietsch runs distant for a effort against South Korea. (Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Lachie Miller scored 2 tries, portion Maurice Longbottom, Dietrich Roache, skipper Nick Malouf and Dylan Pietsch besides got implicit the line. Former Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi was astatine his damaging champion successful a uncommon quality successful the abbreviated signifier of the game.

Australia needed a triumph implicit the Koreans to support their hopes live of finishing successful the apical 2 successful their excavation – and thereby guaranteeing progression to the adjacent signifier of the tourney – following a 29-19 nonaccomplishment to Argentina earlier today.

But they present look the daunting task of having to sound implicit the classy All Blacks sevens squad successful their last excavation clash which kicks disconnected astatine 11.30am AEST connected Tuesday.

If they suffer to the Kiwis, Australia volition request to trust connected points differential arsenic 1 of the 2 best-placed 3rd placegetters successful excavation play to marque the quarter-finals. It's wherefore the large borderline of triumph implicit South Korea mightiness beryllium crucial.

Australia person not beaten New Zealand since the 2018 Singapore Sevens and person been connected the extremity of a fig of thumpings from the Kiwis, who are 1 of the favourites to triumph golden successful Tokyo, this year.

New Zealand hammered Argentina 35-14 connected Monday nighttime to beryllium astatine the apical of Pool A.

Australia's Lachie Anderson makes a tackle against South Korea. (Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Australia volition trust connected Kerevi to bring immoderate physicality against the All Blacks sevens side.

It was lone erstwhile Kerevi came onto the tract against Argentina that Australia fought backmost from a fearfulness commencement successful which they fto successful 4 unanswered tries to beryllium trailing 24-0.

Two tries from Josh Turner and immoderate Kerevi people gave Australia a precocious sniff of triumph earlier Argentina scored the past effort of the game.

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