Fiji defeat Australia at the death

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by Matt Lewis

The Australian Men’s Sevens team have gone heartbreakingly close to defeating World Series leaders Fiji in the Cup Quarter Final, going down 17-15 in Paris. 

Australia came out of the blocks early in fine form, scoring two early tries to Pat McCutcheon and Henry Hutchison to jump out to a 10-0 lead in the opening four minutes. 

Fiji lacked possession early but once they had the ball in hand they pounced. Leone Nakarawa showed off his brute strength to strike first for the Fijians. Australia kept pressing as Hutchison crossed over for his second try of the half to give the Aussies a 10 point lead at the break. 

Fiji move one step closer to securing the World Series. Photo: Getty Images

Fiji broke away in the in the second half, showing off their speed and class to score two unanswered tries to steal the victory with just a minute remaining in the match. 

The Paris Sevens saw numerous upsets on day three with powerhouses New Zealand and South Africa going down in Cup Quarter Finals Argentina and Samoa respectively. 

Australia will now play Kenya in the Plate Semi Final at 10:41pm AEST live on FOX SPORTS.