InDaily InDaily

Support independent Journalism Donate Subscribe
Support independent journalism


Australia finish third as NZ runs away with Rugby Sevens


Australia have been denied a third consecutive men’s rugby Sevens World Series final appearance, losing 28-19 to eventual champions New Zealand in the semi-finals of the inaugural Canada Sevens.

Comments Print article

Australia then finished third after beating Fiji 19-14 in the third-place playoff in Vancouver, where Quade Cooper’s up-and-down initiation continued.

He kicked a vital goal to give Australia the lead late, but also dropped the ball in space to hand Fiji a late first-half try.

“It was good to be out there,” he said.

“I’m feeling it right now … I’m going to search around now and see if I can find my lungs which I left out there.”

Cooper played the full match against Fiji, after only taking to the field with two minutes remaining in the semi-final against NZ and spending their 24-17 quarter-final win over Scotland on the bench.

In a positive sign just five months out from the Olympics, the tournament marked the first time Australia had reached three consecutive semi-finals since the 2002-03 season.

New Zealand went on to beat South Africa 19-14 in the final, marking their third win of the season.

Australia remain fourth in the overall standings, with four events to play in the 10-legged series.


Make a comment View comment guidelines

Local News Matters

Media diversity is under threat in Australia – nowhere more so than in South Australia. The state needs more than one voice to guide it forward and you can help with a donation of any size to InDaily. Your contribution goes directly to helping our journalists uncover the facts. Please click below to help InDaily continue to uncover the facts.

Donate today
Powered by PressPatron


Show comments Hide comments
Will my comment be published? Read the guidelines.

More Sport stories

Loading next article