Australian Sevens captain celebrates win

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Sydney University rugby player and Australian Sevens captain Ed Jenkins has major cause for celebration after scoring the match winning try in Australia’s come from behind victory over Samoa in the final of the Tokyo Sevens.

“It is definitely very special,” said Jenkins, who scored the try that levelled the scores at the death.

The winning kick was landed with calm authority by 19-year-old Matt Lucas, playing only his second IRB Sevens event.

“We have a young bunch of guys so to get that winning culture amongst us is great.

“We didn’t play too well yesterday against New Zealand in the last pool game, but we knew we could come out today and give the tournament a shake-up and we sure did.”

Jenkins was part of the side that won Australia’s last Cup title, in London in 2012, and has risen to the challenge of leading the team this season.

“It’s very sweet. To lead the players out there in the final with just eight players, with one reserve, it is very special and something the boys will remember,” he added.

“It will give the boys great belief, a young side, to get that win with them is going to be great leading into Glasgow and London.”

With seven of nine rounds played, Australia may not be among the principal challengers for the overall HSBC Sevens World Series, but in winning the Tokyo Sevens they have announced themselves as key contenders for the future.