Australian rugby sevens coach Andy Friend.
Australian rugby sevens coach Andy Friend. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Plenty to work on, says Aussie Sevens coach

RUGBY UNION: Australia Sevens coach Andy Friend said his players must improve on certain aspects of their game after finishing sixth in the Las Vegas round of the World Sevens Series.

The Aussies went down to England 10-7 in a playoff for fifth after earlier defeating Argentina to reach fifth-sixth decider on the final day.

"Overall, we're disappointed to get sixth position, however I am really proud of the effort of the guys,” Friend said.

"We need to get better at finding that winning edge.

"We're playing some good rugby but we're just not doing enough to get over the line of the top teams and we need to be better at that.

"I thought we had done everything we needed to (against England).

"Credit to England, they had 20 seconds and 80 metres to go and they got there. We did that to Scotland the other day, that's the game of sevens.”

In the final, South Africa denied Fiji a third straight victory in Las Vegas.

The Blitzboks, who have been in every final of this world series, won 19-12 after earlier almost being defeated in the semi-finals to the USA.

The hosts led 12-10 at half-time but with the lead changing more than once in testing conditions, South Africa eventually secured the victory 20-17, ensuring yet another cup final berth.

The Fijians defeated New Zealand in the other semi, with the USA defeating the Kiwis for third place.

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