The Australian Sevens rugby team finished seventh in Singapore on finals day. The team lost to world champions New Zealand and Fiji.
According to NineMSN, the Australian team lost to Fiji (19-14) in the quarterfinal and to New Zealand (31-7) in the semifinals. The Australian Sevens rugby team failed against Fiji despite being on good track for the most part of the first half. The team hit back using two of their converted tries. Credit goes to Sam Figg and James Stannard for their nine-point lead towards the break.
As the game went into its final stages towards the second period, a loose ball provided the Fiji team with their needed hope as Jasa Veremalua ran clear to the right.
Right after the kickoff during the game’s final play, Fiji won the ball and Kitione Taliga slammed the ball down to make way for the win in favor of Fiji.
Rugby.com reported that the inexperienced Australian team then lost to New Zealand in Plate Semis.
Despite their hard work against world champion New Zealand, Stephan Van Der Walt was the only one to score for the Aussies’ try of the game just before half-time, leaving a 5-point lead during the break. The next three unanswered second half of New Zealand tries ended the match heartbreakingly for the Aussies.
Although they ended up in the final place, the match provided the Australian team with good experience for players without experience including Sam Figg and John Porch.
NZ lost to Samoa in the Plate Finals while Kenya and Fiji went off to the Cup final. Argentina lost to South Africa in the finals, giving them the third place. Australia only has to hope that some of their injured star players will show progress in time for the Paris leg in less than a month.
The series is scheduled in Paris on May 13-15 and the London leg will be held later on May 21-22 for the last two rounds.