Vancouver Sevens: Aussies win Challenge Trophy

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by Beth Newman

Australia has won the Challenge Trophy in Canada, 35-21, over tournament hosts Canada.

Simon Kennewell added to its Canada tally with the first try of the game, sparked by a quick lineout from  Henry Hutchison.

Dylan Pietsch ran in the second for the Aussies with a superb solo try but anada hit back just shy of half-time to narrow the margin to seven points.

A Jeral Skelton break set Hutchison up for the Aussies’ third of the match and John Porch added another with five minutes to go, opening up a seemingly unassailable lead.

Canada weren’t done fighting , scoring a reply late in the half, but Pietsch sealed the game with a try.

The in-form Aussie was sent to the bin after full-time and Canada scored a final score but it was too little too late.

The Aussies enjoyed wins over Kenya and Wales earlier in the day to make the Challenge Trophy final.

Jeral Skelton was impressive in Vancouver. Photo: World RugbyThe Aussies were in a tight tussle with Wales in their semi-final but strong efforts from Skelton and Kennewell helped them keep the Welsh at arm's length.

Wales opened the scoring in the second minute but Kennewell answered with two tries in three minutes to put the Aussies on top.

Another two Welsh tries evened things up but  a try to Nick Malouf, coupled with Skelton and Pietsch's late scores ensured the 

Skelton has been the Aussies' best so far on day two, recreating some of the form he showed in last month's Sydney 7s, with a hat-trick against Kenya

Australia had no troublt making it through that quarter-final against Kenya, taking a 47-7 win.

Dylan Pietsch added his own hat-trick to the mix in that clash while Kennewell crossed twice.

Australia were relegated from the Cup competition after an unpredictable pool day, with losses to France and New Zealand costing them a shot in cup quarter-finals.

New Zealand bowed out to Fiji in the quarters, with France, the USA, Fiji and South Africa the final four in the Canada tournament.