Tom Lucas of Australia dives over for a try against Spain in Las Vegas.
Tom Lucas of Australia dives over for a try against Spain in Las Vegas.

South Africa outclass Australia in Vegas

AUSTRALIA has been outclassed 29-17 by world champions South Africa in the cup quarterfinals of the Las Vegas Sevens, while Fiji, the United States and Argentina are also through to the semifinals at Sam Boyd Stadium.

It was 12-all at halftime thanks to two John Porch tries but the series leading South Africans dominated the second stanza before a late consolation score by rookie Jeral Skelton.

Australia will next square off against Kenya in the fifth place semifinal at 7.50am on Monday AEDT.

"There was a lot of that game we were happy with, going into the break at 12-all, but you drop the opening kickoff in the second half and you're right on the back foot," Australia coach Andy Friend said.

"I thought there were some tough calls against us at crucial moments, but we don't want to make excuses.

"Our execution, our speed of support, and accuracy on the ground wasn't good enough.

"We definitely had our chances.

"We've got to get through Kenya tomorrow to give ourselves a chance to grab fifth, which is the best we can do now."

Australia earlier beat Samoa 24-7 in their final pool game to progress to the quarters.

In the other cup quarters, Olympic champions Fiji pipped New Zealand 14-10, the United States edged England 17-12 and Argentina beat Kenya by the same margin.

South Africa leads the overall series with 77 points after four events, followed by New Zealand (69), Fiji (62) and Australia (60).

CUP SEMIFINALS

Fiji v United States (Monday 8.12am AEDT)

Argentina v South Africa (Monday 8.34am AEDT)


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