The Australian youngster was in fine form at the HSBC Sydney Sevens over the weekend notching up some impressively big numbers across the tournament. O’Donnell was one of the key factors in Australia’s success with outstanding contributions in attack and defence. 

The pacey back was consistently brilliant across all three days, leading the DHL Performance Tracker on day two and three before finishing with an incredible total of 58 points. That consistency of performance is what the DHL Impact Player award is all about.

Rob Vickerman, sevens series commentator and DHL Rugby Ambassador, was very impressed by the Australian.

“Ben O’Donnell typified the performance of this young, talented Australian squad. They were relentless in their attack and committed in defence," he said.

It is evident that players wouldn't choose to go one on one with O’Donnell and at times, even if you have two on him it might not be enough. His ability to come off two feet and his strong fend make him a nightmare to defend. This is evident in his 10 line breaks and six tries for the Sydney tournament.

However, what set him apart from every other player last weekend was his hunger in everything he did. He carried a monster 27 times, made 18 tackles and offloaded the ball three times. He is a workhorse but a fancy one, that scores lots of tries.

After three rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018, Fiji's Amenoni Nasilasila and South Africa's Seabelo Senatla share the lead in the DHL Performance Tracker with 130 points, followed by Australia's Ben O'Donnell (123), Canada's Harry Jones (121) and Justin Douglas (117).  

 

DHL Performance Tracker - Sydney
PosPlayerTotalCountryTacklesBreaksOffloadsCarriesTotal
1TerenceBenjaminO'DonnellAustralia 7s58 Australia 7s 181032758
2PerryBakerUSA 7s51 USA 7s 111352251
3EroniSauFiji 7s50 Fiji 7s 21641950
4AmenoniNasilasilaFiji 7s47 Fiji 7s 20921647
5LewisHollandAustralia 7s46 Australia 7s 18631946
6JustinDouglasCanada 7s44 Canada 7s 16532044
7GlennBryceScotland 7s42 Scotland 7s 13461942
8HarryJonesCanada 7s42 Canada 7s 19331742
9SeabeloSenatlaSouth Africa 7s42 South Africa 7s 131011842
10MaxMcFarlandScotland 7s41 Scotland 7s 17701741