GAME-BY-GAME: Australia finish fifth in Singapore

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Sydney Sevens Tournament Breakdown

The Australian Men's Sevens have rebounded from a disappointing weekend in Hong Kong, finishing fifth in Singapore.

The placing furthers their hopes of automatic qualifcation for the Olympics, with currently the top five secured a spot at next year's event in Paris

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They started the tournament with a convincing win over nearest rivals South Africa, who finished 11th after a shock loss to Spain, before going down to New Zealand.

Australia beat Hong Kong to secure their spot in the quarter-finals, only to run into a red-hot Argentina.

Wins over Uruguay and South Africa secured valuable points with just two events remaining on the World Series.

Follow a recap of all the action, game by game below:

Australia Men 19 v South Africa Men 0

Australia has started Singapore on fire with a 19-0 win over South Africa.

A yellow card to Ricardo Duarttee opened the doors for the Aussies to strike, with Henry Paterson crossing untouched.

South Africa controlled the first half but the defence from John Manenti’s side ensured they went into the break up 5-0.

As the Aussies continued to fight, a brutal hit forced the mistake, allowing Nathan Lawson to race away to extend the lead.

A storming effort from Dietrich Roache sealed the emphatic win as they shut out the Commonwealth champions 

Australia Men 12 v New Zealand Men 24

New Zealand have taken a 24-12 win over Australia

The All Black Sevens stunned the Aussies early, scoring inside the first 30 seconds before crossing minutes later as Sione Molia scored a quick double.

A great flick pass from Henry Paterson put Nathan Lawson into space for the response, answered instantly by the Kiwis for a 19-7 lead at the break.

Lawson got his second after crawling his way over from the 5 metre line out with two minutes remaining, however the Kiwis were too strong as Lewis Ormond sealed the win 

Australia Men 48 v Hong Kong Men 0

Australia have dominated Hong Kong 48-0 to finish day one.

Josh Turner got the Aussies off to a perfect start, combining with Dietrich Roache for the opener.

Darby Lancaster burst away to instantly extend the lead, scoring twice as the Australians dominated the first half to take a 22-0 lead.

Dietrich Roache danced through the defence to continue the dominance after the break. Max Burey’s flick then found Nathan Lawson for his fourth try of the tournament.

Turner's 50th try on the World Series sealed the win after the siren as the Aussies advance to the quarter-finals

Australia Men 12 v Argentina Men 29

Australia has been eliminated by Argentina 29-12 in the quarter-finals.

Argentina dominated the opening minutes of the game, scoring two quick tries as they controlled the restart game.

Henry Paterson once agains stepped up when needed, reducing the margin after a great break from Dietrich Roache. Marcos Moneta had an instant response, grabbing his second to give Argentina a 10 point lead at the break.

Matías Osadczuk extend the lead after the break before Rodrigo Isgro sealed the win.

Matt Gonzalez scored late for the Aussies but it was too little, too late as they will fight for 5th, facing Uruguay in the semi-finals 

Australia Men 31 v Uruguay Men 12

Australia will battle for fifth after a 31-12 win over Uruguay.

Darby Lancaster lit the field up, dancing through the defence for the first try inside 90 seconds.

Uruguay then produced some magic to hit straight back, answered by two quick tries to Matt Gonzalez and Tim Clements to give the Aussies a 12-point lead.

Maurice Longbottom provided energy off the bench with a nice five-pointer after Uruguay reduced the margin to seven following a fortuitous bounce.

Nathan Lawson sealed the win with his fifth try in Singapore

Australia Men 24 v Great Britain Men 21

Australia has secured a crucial fifth place finish in Singapore with a 24-21 win over Great Britain.

Hayden Sargeant opened the scoring for the Aussies after a nicely work move back on the inside.

Dietrich Roache then stepped pass the defence for his 49th try on the World Series, answered by GB well after the half-time siren.

Roache turned provided to set up Darby Lancaster with the perfect offload.

Freddick Roddick reduced the margin for Great Britain before Lancaster’s second, an individual piece of brilliance, secured the win for the Aussies.

Australian Sevens Squad for Hong Kong

4. Dietrich Roache

5. Tim Clements

6. Henry Paterson 

7. Josh Turner

8. Dally Bird

9. Matt Gonzalez

10. Nick Malouf (C)

11. Maurice Longbottom

12. Nathan Lawson

15. Ben Marr

23. Darby Lancaster

25. Hayden Sargeant

30. Max Burey

Australian Sevens Singapore Schedule

*All times AEST

Men

Saturday April 8

Australia Men 19 def South Africa Men 0, 12:14 pm

Australia Men 12 def by New Zealand Men 24, 4:02 pm

Australia Men 48 def Hong Kong Men 0, 7:06 pm

Sunday April 9

Australia Men 12 def by Argentina Men 29, 2:40 pm - CUP QF

Australia Men 31 def Uruguay Men 12, 5:29 pm - 5TH PLACE SEMI FINAL

Australia Men v Great Britain Men, 8:31 pm - 5TH PLACE SEMI FINAL

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