GAME BY GAME: Aussies finish fourth in LA

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The Aussie Sevens have finished fourth in lA

John Manenti's side limped into the knockout stages after winning just one of their three pool games.

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However, they have come out on day two firing, dominating Ireland 31-7 to book their spot in the final four

They went down to New Zealand in the semi-final, with the Australians going down in the rematch with the Fijians 21-19

Manenti has named Stu Dunbar captain in place of the injured Henry Hutchison, with Hayden Sargeant to make his Sevens debut.

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

Australia Men 7 v Kenya Men 12

Australia has gone down to Kenya 12-7 to kick off their LA campaign.

Some great defence effort from Matt Gonzalez set up the opening try, forcing the turnover as James Turner found Tim Clements.

Kenya would level it up at the break as Denis Abukuse sprinted down the sidelines.

Abukuse made it a double after the break as he found space down the short side, eventually holding on for the win


Australia Men 24 v Japan Men 10

Australia has kept their knockout hopes alive with a 24-10 win over Japan.

Matt Gonzalez opened the scoring, slicing through the Japanese defence as he completes his return from injury.

Japan hit back, however, tries to Henry Paterson and James Turner gave the Aussies a convincing 19-5 lead at the break.

The Japanese went on the attack to start to second, with Turner proving the hero with a great try-saving tackle in the corner.

Maurice Longbottom flipped momentum as they defended their own line, producing a goosey and sidestep to run 70 metres to seal the win.

Australia Men 12 v Fiji Men 15

Australia has advanced to the knockout stages despite a 15-12 defeat to Fiji.

Japan's shock upset over Kenya ensured John Manenti's men only needed a narrow defeat to qualify for the final eight.

Early tries to Nathan Lawson and Maurice Longbottom had the Aussies on the verge of topping Pool C, taking a 12-5 lead over Fiji.

However, the Fijians struck with 90 seconds remaining to claim victory in wet conditions

Australia Men 31 v Ireland 7

Australia has produced an emphatic 31-7 win over Ireland to make it to the semi-finals against New Zealand.

James Turner showed his power to open the scoring, barging his way over the line. Turner would limp off the field, adding to the injury toll after Matt Gonzalez appeared to pick up a knock late on day one.

Maurice Longbottom extended the lead, diving on a loose Irish ball to continue the perfect start before scoring his second minutes later.

Ireland hit back via Jordan Conroy but Henry Paterson had to the perfect response to restore the 17-point lead.

Dietrich Roache picked up where they left off in the second half, capitalising on a Harry McNulty yellow card, putting the game out of reach just after the second half

Australia Men 17 v New Zealand 33

Australia will play Fiji for bronze after going down to NZ 33-17 in the semi-finals.

Henry Paterson continued his strong tournament, scoring the opening try that was instantly answered by the Kiwis and Leroy Carter.

Akila Rokolisoa extended their lead shortly afterwards as the New Zealanders controlled the half to take a 14-5 advantage.

Carter’s second was answered by a brilliant individual effort from Paterson, however the Kiwis were too strong as Roderick Solo sealed the win.

Australia Men 19 v Fiji Men 21

Australia has finished fourth after a 21-19 loss to Fiji.

Fiji opened the scoring in the first 20 seconds, stunning the Aussies.

Some sloppy play from John Manenti’s side gave Fiji their second of the half to take a 14-0 lead into the break.

Another loose ball allowed the Fijians to further stretch out their lead via Rauto Vakadanu.

Late tries to Maurice Longbottom, Nathan and Dietrich Roache got the Aussies back into the contest, however Fiji were ultimately too strong and claimed bronze.

Aussie Men’s Sevens team Los Angeles 7s

2. Stu Dunbar (C)

4. Dietrich Roache

5. Tim Clements

6. Henry Paterson (VC)

7. Josh Turner

8. Dally Bird

9. Matt Gonzalez

11. Maurice Longbottom (VC)

12. Nathan Lawson

14. James Turner

22. Trae Williams

23. Darby Lancaster

25. Hayden Sargeant*

*Denotes a debut

Australian Sevens Los Angeles Pool C Schedule UPDATED

*All times AEDT

Sunday February 26

Australia 7 def by Kenya 12, 5:43 am

Australia 24 def Japan 10, 10:41 am

Australia 12 def by Fiji 15, 3:34 pm

Monday February 27

Australia 31 def Ireland 7, 6:29 am - QUARTER FINAL

Australia 17 def by New Zealand 33, 9:36 am - SEMI FINAL

Australia v Fiji, 11:58 am - BRONZE MEDAL MATCH

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