Spectacular Stanaway makes Sydney Sevens

Thursday January 18, 2018 Written by Published in Rugby Union

The spectacular form of Cook Islander Teddy Stanaway at the Bayleys Nationals Sevens tournament has cemented his place in the All Blacks Sevens squad, which heads to the third leg of the World Sevens Series in Sydney this week.

 

Last week the 28-year-old starred for Bay of Plenty in Rotorua, after putting his hand up to get in a bit more game time.

He was a constant menace in attack for his side, even scoring a hat-trick in BoP’s Cup defeat to Taranaki.

That loss consigned them to the Plate division, but again his class was on display early as he crossed for a try only 30 seconds into the semi-final match.

BoP steamrolled Manawatu in that clash, 26-7, and squared off against Auckland in the Plate final.

Stanaway opened the scoring in the final when he was put into space near halfway, put a kick in for himself, raced around the defender, regathered and scored in the corner.

After half-time he dotted down once again after time to cement the 31-7 rout.

Sydney will be Stanaway’s second consecutive tournament for the All Blacks Sevens side, after he featured in four games at the Cape Town leg, which New Zealand eventually won 38-14 against Argentina.

All Blacks Sevens squad: Kurt Baker, Caleb Clarke, Scott Curry, Sam Dickson, Andrew Knewstubb, Vilimoni Koroi, Luke Masirewa, Tim Mikkelson, Sione Molia, Joe Ravouvou, Teddy Stanaway, Regan Ware, Joe Webber.

 

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