‘I fell over the line well, didn’t I?’: Hooper scores maiden sevens try on perfect day for Aussie men and women


Michael Hooper has made light of his first try for Australia’s national sevens team on a landmark day in his bid to play at the Olympics.

The Wallabies great, who’s switched to rugby’s short format in a bid to go for gold in Paris, dived over for his maiden score at the Singapore Sevens on Friday as both the Australian Olympic-bound men and women’s teams flourished. 

The men defeated World Series-leading Argentina 26-19 in their opening fixture, with Hooper making just a brief cameo appearance at the end, but the 32-year-old was in the starting lineup which then beat Canada 21-14 to effectively seal a quarter-final spot.

A moment to remember ????

Michael Hooper scores his first #HSBCSVNS try ????#HSBCSVNSSGP | @Aussie7s pic.twitter.com/zaz1znGkwj

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The 125-times capped former Wallabies captain was set up for the easiest of first-half scores with a neat offload from the outstanding Dietrich Roache from a scrum play, as he popped up in a familiar support role to plough over for a first sevens try to go with his 22 in the international fifteens game.

“I fell over the line well, didn’t I?” joked Hooper.

“That’s all I had to do – two metres out and I just had to fall over the line, so if Dietrich can give me a couple more of those offloads, I’ll be happy.”

Australia’s Michael Hooper scores a try against Canada on day one of the HSBC SVNS at National Stadium on 3 May, 2024 in Singapore. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World Rugby

That was far from all he did, with Hooper also winning a key turnover in the second half as John Manenti’s side went on to prevail with other scores from Nick Malouf and Hayden Sargeant.

The win against a strangely sluggish Argentina outfit had been even more impressive, with James Turner going over for a double and Ben Dowling and Nathan Lawson also scoring before a late rally from the Pumas.

“Today we just wanted to get through out two matches really clean, be clinical and smart on pour defence which sets up our game,” said Hooper.

“With Argentina, we had to have really strong defence against great ball carriers, and the same against Canada, we fought back well into this one.”

Australia captain Madison Ashby races away from the Great Britain defence for a try in Singapore. Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World Rugby

The Australian women, who are level at the top of the world series table alongside their serial New Zealand rivals, started their campaign by beating Brazil 27-10, featuring a hat-trick from Faith Nathan, and followed up with a superb eight-try 44-0 win over Great Britain.

Nathan grabbed two more tries while Maddison Levi made her total three for the day as she now moves to third all-time for most World Series tries for Australia.

Rugby is a game of fine margins ????

Look how close Maddi Levi was to running out of play ????#HSBCSVNS | #HSBCSVNSSGP | @Aussie7s pic.twitter.com/job3HEXLep

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Australia came into a tournament without their slawarts, captain Charlotte Caslick and Sharni Smale, for the first time in six years, with both being rested.

Yet they demonstrated there’s plenty of young talent coming through as 21-year-old Sidney Taylor scored her first try for Australia against the British.

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