Canada Sevens: Australia top pool with win over USA

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Australia have set up a quarter-final clash with England after topping their pool at the Canada Sevens.

For the second week in a row, the Aussies faced Scotland, Samoa and the USA in their pool matches and breezed through their opponents.

They will take on England at 6:03am AEDT on Monday, after the English finished second in Pool A behind South Africa.

Canada upset Fiji in their pool rounds in the biggest shock of the early stages, pitting Fiji and New Zealand together in the final eight.

South Africa meet the USA in the first quarter-final of day two and Canada takes on Spain after shocking the Fijians.

SCHEDULE

Canada Sevens Cup quarter-finals

5:19am - South Africa vs USA

5:41am - New Zealand vs Fiji

6:03am - Australia vs England

6:25am - Canada vs Spain

11:06am - AUSTRALIA vs USA

Australia have topped their World Series pool for a second straight week after beating the USA 29-7.

Lachie Miller had a hat-trick in the win and an involvement in another try as the Aussies made it two in a row against the Americans.

A Nick Malouf break opened up the chance for the first try of the game for Miller to score.

USA’s Stephen Tomasin managed a quick reply for the Americans, after Danny Barrett collected the restart.

A Malouf intercept opened up the chance for Australia to mount an attack and they moved the ball quickly left.

Lewis Holland threw a long pass to the edge and it bounced into Lachie Miller’s grasp for him to nab his second.

An tackle on the ground in the process saw the USA reduced by a man just before half-time.

The Aussies tried to make the most of their extra man but in a four-on-one overlap they fumbled the ball and that was the half.

Australia were dealt a blow just after the half with Joe Pincus seemingly dislocating his right shoulder just after the break but they didn’t let it put them off..

Henry Hutchison made it three for Australia, finishing off a superb Miller pass, giving the Aussies an eight-point lead.

Hutchison nabbed his double off the next restart, scooping up a loose ball from a Lachie Anderson tap and going over in the left corner.

Lachie Miller iced the game, only barely beating a rapid Carlin Isles chase to score his hat-trick.

Australia will meet the second-placed team in Pool A, most likely England or South Africa, in the quarter-final at 6:03am AEDT.

RESULT

Australia 29

Tries: Miller 3, Hutchison 2

Cons: Holland 2

USA 7

Tries: Tomasin

Cons: Hughes

7:53am - AUSTRALIA vs SAMOA

Australia will take on the USA for the top spot in their pool after a 40-12 win over Samoa

In a carbon copy of their early success in LA last week, the Aussies are two from two and face the Americans for an all-important pool win.

Tim Anstee nabbed Australia’s first score of the clash, in the second minute.

Lachie Miller turned on the afterburners to score Australia’s second and open a 12-0 lead in the fourth minute.

Their momentum continued to roll on from the next restart, with a Miller offload going straight into Lachie Anderson’s hands for the powerful player to score.

Joe Pincus made it four first half tries, breaking a tackle and burning the Samoan defence to stretch out australia’s lead.

Samoa clinched a much-needed score in the final seconds of the first half to get off the board but Australia still controlled the contest.

Josh Turner kicked the scoring off in the second half, plucking the ball from the base of a ruck to score.

Turner looked like setting up another one, for Trae Williams but the speedster fell over on the way to the line.

Australia managed to finish from the next phase, through Stu Dunbar.

Samoa nabbed their second of the game after a superb break from Paul Scanlan to show some of their quality.

RESULT

Australia 40

Tries: Anstee, Miller, Anderson, Pincus, Turner, Dunbar

Cons: Holland 4, Dunbar

Samoa 12

Tries: Filipo, Alosio

Cons: Matavao

4:45am - AUSTRALIA vs SCOTLAND

A Lachie Anderson double has helped Australia to a first-up 33-19 win over Scotland in their Canada opener.

Anderson nabbed two scores in the opening half to help the Aussies into a comfortable position at the break.

It was Scotland who opened the scoring, with Jamie Farndale score in the second minute before Anderson replied with his first.

Joe Pincus dotted one down for Australia's second, in the fifth minute and Anderson's second had the Aussies in a good spot.

Lachie Miller continued his hot form with the opening try of the second half but Scotland continued to fight.

Tom Brown scored Scotland's second and it took until the 13th minute for Australia to seal the game with a Tim Anstee try.

The Scots had the final say of the game with a try in the 14th minute but it wasn't enough to make a dent on the margin.

Australia takes on Samoa in their second match at 7:34am AEDT.

RESULT

Australia 33

Tries: Anderson 2, Pincus, Miller, Anstee

Cons: Holland 4

Scotland 19

Tries: Farndale, Brown, Rowe

Cons: Lowe, Elms