Aussie coach sees highs and lows in sevens campaign

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The Red Roses will face World Series champions South Africa in the quarterfinals on Sunday, after the Blitzboks were stunned by the United States of America 24-12 in their final pool game to finish second in their group.

Scotland were big and physical, and showed impressive handling skills as they came back, buoyed by their performance in Paris when they lost to world series winners South Africa in the final.

Richard de Carpentier had a try disallowed because he put a hand in touch, but England went into halftime 7-0 up.

Fiji barely fired a shot in Paris last weekend, bowing out at the quarterfinal stages, and they didn't get off to a strong start in London, losing to Canada in the first game of the day as Canadian legend John Moonlight crashed over for his 100th career try in the last minute, to claim the win 22-19.

They were losing 21-0 at half-time in the quarter-final but fought back remarkably to secure a 24-1 success before defeating U.S. 19-14 in the semis with a last-second try.

Scotland retained their London Sevens title with a 12-7 victory over England in the final at Twickenham.

Sitting sixth on the series standings, the young Australian outfit are aiming to finish the season on a bright note after a mixed post-Olympics campaign.

Douglas and Hirayama scored tries in the New Zealand loss, which put Canada into a must-win situation against Japan. It is a special day for the England Sevens programme and it's exciting as we look to the future.

England had reached the final by beating overall Series champions South Africa 17-12 in the quarter-finals and ruthlessly dispatching Canada 24-5 in the last-four.

A Scotland victory certainly seemed an implausible outcome at half-time in the quarter-final, when Calum MacRae's team trailed 21-0. A try from Simon Kennewell was merely a consolation and U.S. marched on to the semis in style, 31-14.

England needed last-gasp tries by Dan Norton to beat Australia 19-12, and by Alex Davis to beat Samoa 24-19. The first quarter-final of the day was barely two minutes old when the tournament and series top try scorer Perry Baker got the ball in his hands, and with a few yards of space, he executed brilliantly as he's done so many times in a US jersey.

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