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By ARU Media Unit
The Qantas Men’s Sevens are set to face Kenya in the Shield semifinal after a 26-21 loss to England in the Bowl quarter-final on day two of the Las Vegas Sevens.
The Australians got off to a strong start against England, scoring early through Lewis Holland to take a 7-0 lead following a successful conversion to Cam Clark.
The lead didn’t last long as England fired back to take a 14-7 lead at half time before going on to control the second half.
England scored another two tries in the second, while holding Australia scoreless until the late stages of the game.
The Qantas Men’s Sevens were able to notch 14 points toward the end of the half, with tries to Tom Cusack and Ben Adams, but it was too little, too late. Both second half tries were converted by Clark.
The Australians emerged from pool play in Las Vegas in third place, following a win over the United States and losses to Samoa and Spain.
The Australians opened the tournament with a 26-7 win over hosts United States. Tries from Jesse Parahi, Con Foley and Cusack, along with two conversions from Holland, took the Aussies to a 19-0 lead at half time.
Holland added a further seven points in the second half, converting his own try to take his team out to a 26-0 lead.
Their second game of the pool saw a confident Spain control the contest to claim a 24-14 win despite the Australians holding a 14-7 lead at half time.
Australia scored through Holland and Foley, with conversions to Clark, to take the lead at the break, but Spain bounced back with three unmatched tries in the second half.
In their final game of the pool stage, defending Las Vegas Sevens champions Samoa proved too strong, running in four tries to Australia’s one.
Samoa dominated for much of the game, with only a late consolation marker to Holland, who converted his own try.
The Qantas Men’s Sevens will face Kenya in the Shield semifinal at 4:42am on Monday 11 February with the aim of progressing to the final later that morning.
The final day of the Las Vegas Sevens will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2HD on Monday 11 February from 4am to 10am.
Qantas Men’s Sevens Las Vegas squad
Jesse Parahi (C)
Avoca Beach, NSW
St. Ives, NSW