Aussies finish fourth at Singapore Sevens



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    Australia started finals day at the Singapore Sevens with a bang but faded to finish fourth as Canada stormed to their first-ever title win.

    After topping their pool with three straight victories, Australia recorded their biggest win of the world series season on Sunday with a stunning 19-17 triumph over South Africa in the quarter-finals.

    However, they failed to back up that victory over the series leaders when they were hammered by the United States 40-7 in the semi-finals and then pipped 14-12 by England in the bronze medal match.

    It was a honourable tournament result for Australia after senior players Ed Jenkins and James Stannard were forced out with injury on Saturday and capped a solid fortnight following their third-place finish in Hong Kong.

    Lachie Anderson’s try with 20 seconds remaining against South Africa and John Porch’s conversion secured Australia’s two-point win, breaking the Blitzbokke’s run of appearing in seven straight finals this season.

    Against the US, Australia – aiming to qualify for their first final of the world series this season – missed a whopping 17 tackles in the six-tries-to-one defeat.

    Australia opened the scoring with a clever Porch try in the second minute before the US completely dominated proceedings, enjoying a glut of possession helped by skilful execution at the restarts.

    In the tournament decider, Canada broke through for their first title triumph with a 26-19 win over the US.

    The US earlier upset Fiji, who claimed the Hong Kong Sevens title last weekend, in a 24-19 quarter-final triumph while Canada accounted for England 17-5 in the semi-finals.

    Australia remain in sixth spot in the series standings on 94 points, with a chance to reel in fourth-placed New Zealand (110) and the US (101) with two rounds remaining.

    The next tournament will be held in Paris on May 13-14 followed by the series finale in London the following weekend.

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    • Roar Guru

      April 17th 2017 @ 9:56am
      Machooka said | April 17th 2017 @ 9:56am | ! Report

      Well done Oh Canada on your first title… excellent news.

      Good effort from this young Aussie side as well 🙂

      • April 17th 2017 @ 12:46pm
        ClarkeG said | April 17th 2017 @ 12:46pm | ! Report

        The Aust side appear to be on the up but this series is tough.

    • April 17th 2017 @ 12:55pm
      ClarkeG said | April 17th 2017 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

      This was a gripping tournament.

      Three of the 1/4 finals produced upsets. USA over Fiji, Aust over Sth Africa, Canada over NZ.

      There would have been a fourth but for some bizarre 90 secs of refereeing that assisted England in getting over Kenya.

    • April 17th 2017 @ 5:22pm
      Jameswm said | April 17th 2017 @ 5:22pm | ! Report

      Has anyone ever taught these guys to tackle? The semi was embarrassing.

    • April 17th 2017 @ 9:53pm
      Daveski said | April 17th 2017 @ 9:53pm | ! Report

      A lot of ground troops cover, massive cardio test, guys like Baker with speed to burn. Agree it was a shellacking in the semi and not in keeping with the rest of their performances these last two weeks. Did you watch any of their other matches James? If you did, then you don’t need me to tell you that your comment is pretty ill-informed and ignorant.

      • April 18th 2017 @ 1:25pm
        jameswm said | April 18th 2017 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

        No I didn’t. So tackling well in one or two games means you don’t have to tackle well in the others, does it? They made basic mistakes all game. Kick returns anyone? They were all over the place – that game.

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