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Rugby roars at University of Tasmania Stadium

The rugby action was fast and furious when the University of Tasmania hosted the first round of the Aon Women’s University Sevens Series in Launceston.

Held over two days at University of Tasmania Stadium on Friday and Saturday, the University of Queensland went home with the win, defeating Bond University in the final.

Despite finishing in eighth spot, the University of Tasmania Lions pushed hard against teams from strong rugby states. The Lions came out of Friday’s pool matches in fifth according to points for and against.

It was a tough start, but one to build on, particularly considering two out of three national rugby sevens players who were due to take to the field for the University of Tasmania were out injured.

Australian University Sport CEO, Don Knapp said: “The Series is off to a resounding start following a solid performance by The University of Queensland, taking out all five of its games to win Gold.

“The calibre of rugby and sportsmanship conducted these past two days confirms there is significant appetite for national league university competitions”.

“All eight participating universities fielded exceptional talent after months of training and preparation – I commend all teams on contributing to this historical, first national Aon Women’s University Sevens Series.”

The next two-day tournament will be held at Macquarie University in Sydney on 9 and 10 September 2017.

2017 Aon Uni 7s Series Ladder, Round One:
1st: University of Queensland, 20 points
2nd: Bond University, 18 points
3rd: Macquarie University, 16 points
4th: Griffith University, 14 points
5th: University of New England, 12 points
6th: University of Canberra, 10 points
7th: University of Adelaide, 8 points
8th: University of Tasmania, 6 points  

2017 Women's Aon Uni 7s Series dates:
Round 1 - University of Tasmania Stadium, Launceston, 25-26 August 
Round 2 - Macquarie University fields, Sydney, 9-10 September 
Round 3 - University of Queensland fields, Brisbane, 16-17 September 
Round 4 - Bond University fields, Gold Coast, 29-30 September 

Photo credit ARU Media/Karen Watson

Published on: 28 Aug 2017 12:29pm