Australia’s latest rugby sevens assignment has ended in disappointment with back-to-back losses leaving them to languish seventh in the latest round of the world series in Las Vegas.
After breezing through pool play unbeaten, Australia title hopes were ended by Samoa in the quarter-finals before England claimed their fifth-place semi-final 33-14 on Monday (AEDT).
Australia led 14-7 with two minutes remaining in the first half after Henry Hutchinson iced a break by Simon Kennewell, but England then piled on 26 unanswered points to advance to the fifth-place final with Fiji.
Will Edwards levelled the scores on half-time before a Will Muir double made the game safe.
Muir nailed his second with a 60-metre break, capitalising on Australia playing a man down after Jesse Parahi was yellow carded for a dangerous tackle.
Ryan Olowofela completed the rout when he scythed past Ben O’Donnell to notch England’s fifth try.
Australia were edged 21-20 by Samoa on Sunday, who advanced to the Cup final by beating Argentina 33-19.
In the other Cup semifinal, new series leaders the United States pipped former frontrunners New Zealand 24-19.
The hosts then drubbed Samoa 27-0 in the final while New Zealand claimed third by beating Argentina 26-19.
England claimed fifth by shading Fiji 19-15.
Australia stay sixth in the series standings at the midway point of the 10-leg schedule, which continues in Vancouver next week.