Aussies sail into Las Vegas semis

The Qantas Australian Men's Sevens scintillating form in Las Vegas has seen them set up a Cup Semi-Final blockbuster against South Africa (tomorrow morning AEDT).

Andy Friend's charges swept aside the challenge of England (36-7) in Pool B before seeing off Argentina (26-12) in the Cup Quarter-Finals.

Qantas Australian Men's Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: "Yesterday I was really impressed with our ball carrying and our attack and today it was our defence that won the day. The boys worked really hard and backed each other up all the time.

"We had a couple of good performances against two very strong sides in England and Argentina. The boys are playing for each other and everyone understands their roles. It's simple, but effective."

On the Semi-Final clash against joint series leaders South Africa, Friend added: "South Africa have played well this tournament and are clearly a quality side. We had a good win against them in Sydney so we know we can get one over on them but we'll need to do everything right.

"We'll have to aim up physically, but there's also the technical side too. The ball carrying, being strong over the ball. We're all excited by the challenge ahead."

In the Cup Quarter-Final, Australia dominated the opening seven minutes with Argentina unable to cope with their opponents defensive shape and attacking verve. Brilliant ball control across the park involving Con Foley, Allan Fa'alava'au and Quade Cooper released skipper Ed Jenkins who scored the 98th try of his World Series career.

Allan Fa'alava'au added a second shortly after when he powered over on the left and Cooper released Sam Myers who extended the Aussies' advantage to 19 points at the break.

Dangerous winger Axel Muller reduced the arrears midway through the second period for the Pumas, but Myers capitalised on a period of broken play to confirm the win. Joaquin Riera pulled a try back for Argentina after the siren but it proved no more than a consolation for the South Americans.

Australia earlier had rounded out pool play with a polished 36-7 win over a beleagured England outfit. Cameron Cowell's chip and chase gave the English an early edge but from then on it was all Australia.

A delicate kick from Tom Kingston found Henry Hutchison to dot down before Kingston himself bustled his way to the try line after a series of penalties. The Aussies entrenched themselves in opposition territory for all of the second period and tries from Hutchison, Pat McCutcheon, Quade Cooper (his first in the HSBC Sevens World Series) and Ed Jenkins were just reward for a complete display.

The other Cup Semi-Final at the Sam Boyd Stadium tomorrow morning will see world champions Fiji take on hosts USA in what promises to be another mouthwatering tie.

FOX SPORTS Channel 502 will broadcast Finals Day from the Las Vegas Sevens LIVE tomorrow morning from 5.20am AEDT.

Qantas Australian Men's Sevens results in Las Vegas, USA, 5-6 March

Australia 26-0 Scotland, Pool B

Australia 35-5 Japan, Pool B

Australia 36-7 England, Pool B

Australia 26-12 Argentina, Cup Quarter-Final

Qantas Australian Men's Sevens fixture in Las Vegas, USA, 7 March

Australia v South Africa, Cup Semi-Final, 8.12am AEDT

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