Australia’s men’s rugby sevens team are out of medal contention in Tokyo following a comprehensive 19-0 loss to defending Olympic champions Fiji.
The Aussies had plenty of possession but found it hard to make any inroads into a staunch Fijian defensive line.
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Fiji got on the board in the fourth minute when skipper Jerry Tuwai produced a trademark burst of speed to score under the posts for a 7-0 advantage.
Australia had a huge chance to go into halftime level, but Lachie Anderson dropped the ball over the line in the right corner after some nice footwork and speed in the lead-up from Maurice Longbottom.
In the second half, Fiji stayed in control with some brutal defence, including a bone-jarring hit on Henry Hutchison that led to a try to Aminiasi Tuimaba.
The elusive veteran Tuwai also crossed for his second try.
Ultimately, the Aussies were left to rue their opening day defeat to Argentina, which added to a win over South Korea and a loss to New Zealand, consigned them to third place in Pool A and a harder quarter-final draw.
Australia will play South Africa tomorrow to decide the minor placings, the best possible result being fifth. Australia finished eighth in Rio.
Fiji will face Argentina in the semi-finals while Great Britain and New Zealand will clash in the other semi.
The women’s tournament starts on Thursday when Australia – the defending Rio Olympic champions – come up against host nation Japan and China.
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