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Australia win rugby 7s Challenge Trophy

Australia have finished ninth at the Vancouver leg of the men's world rugby sevens after a win over Canada in the Challenge Trophy final.

Australia win rugby 7s Challenge Trophy

Australia have finished ninth at the Vancouver leg of the men's world rugby sevens after a win over Canada in the Challenge Trophy final.

JOHN PORCH of Australia runs the ball during the Rugby Sevens match between Australia and Jamaica of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Robina Stadium on the Gold Coast, Australia.
JOHN PORCH of Australia runs the ball during the Rugby Sevens match between Australia and Jamaica of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Robina Stadium on the Gold Coast, Australia. Picture:Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Australia have defeated hosts Canada 35-21 to win the Challenge Trophy at the men's world rugby sevens series in Vancouver.

The Australians brushed aside the disappointment of finishing third in their pool to miss out on progressing to the Cup quarter-finals by winning three matches on Sunday to finish ninth in the sixth leg of the 10-event season.


Simon Kennewell and Dylan Pietsch scored first-half tries for Australia before Canada hit back to trail 14-7at halftime.

The Aussies put the issue beyond doubt with Henry Hutchison and John Porch scoring tries early in the second half.

Canada scored another two tries, either side of Pietsch's second five-pointer, but it was too little to late as the green and gold cruised to victory.

Earlier on Sunday, Australia defeated Kenya 47-7 and Wales 33-22 to advance to the Challenge Trophy final.

Australia were relegated from the Cup competition after an unpredictable pool day, with losses to France and New Zealand after a win over Spain.

South Africa scored a 21-12 win over surprise finalists France to win the Vancouver tournament.

New Zealand bowed out to Fiji in the quarters with the Kiwis winding up fifth and the Pacific Islanders third.

The US were fourth, England finished sixth while Argentina and Samoa shared seventh.

Australia are sixth in the overall standings on 65 points while the US (113 points) extended their lead at the top from New Zealand to seven points.

Fiji are third on 101, followed by South Africa on 89 and England on 80.

The series heads across the Pacific for stops in Hong Kong from April 5-7 and Singapore on April 13-14.

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