LIVE: Hamilton 7s Day one

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Welcome to RUGBY.com.au’s LIVE coverage of the 2018 Hamilton 7s.

The Aussies have three pool matches to play today, with the first kicking off against Spain at 10:58am AEDT.

You can watch all the action LIVE on FOX SPORTS but we will update our LIVE blog at the end of each Australian match with all the latest reaction, analysis and colour from the ground.

11:20am – Australia 21 Spain 5

Australia are on the board but they didn’t have it all their own way against a Spanish side that played with plenty of attacking flair.

Spain claimed the opening kick off but soon gifted the ball back to the Aussies with a wayward, forward pass.

Australia took full advantage, setting up shop in the Spanish 22 before Tom Lucas dropped the ball inside to Ben O’Donnell, who sliced the line and scored the first points of the match under the posts.

The Aussies were scrappy in their ball handling and passing for the remainder of the first term, Spain scoring a showtime try 90 seconds after the half time siren to trail 7-5 at the break.

Coach Andy Friend gave the Aussies a serve in the half time huddle and it worked wonders, as the Australians settled into their work before Lucas set up another try.

This time he split the line himself, drew the final defender and put Tom Connor away for his first World Series try.

Tom Lucas starred against Spain. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleySpain threatened to return serve but some willing Australian defence ensured Lucas would have the final say.

He set up Lachie Anderson for the sealer with a carbon copy of the move that put O’Donnell in, securing a scrappy win.

10:30am – Jersey presentation

The jerseys have been presented, not long now until the Aussies get their Hamilton campaign underway.

10:28am – Aussies in the zone

Here’s a little something to get the competitive juices flowing prior the opening pool match.

10:20am – Aussie fixtures

Here’s when the Aussie boys will take to the field today.

10:58am AEDT – Australia vs Spain

2:02pm AEDT – Australia vs Wales

5:50pm AEDT – Australia vs Fiji



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