Australia dumped out in Dubai Sevens
AUSTRALIA has been left lamenting a disappointing showing in the Dubai Sevens.
South Africa claimed the title by beating New Zealand 24-12 in the final, while Australia finished fifth after beating Samoa 22-17 in a play-off.
Earlier, the Aussies fell 26-19 to England in the cup quarter-finals before bouncing back to defeat Kenya 19-12 and Samoa.
"The positive side is that we finished with two wins but the disappointing side is that we came here wanting to be in the semi-finals and we didn't achieve that,” Australia coach Andy Friend said.
"We got to this point last year and then went to Cape Town and went very poor.
"So we have got to take this fifth spot and go into Cape Town and target a semi-final there.
"I thought Lachie (Anderson) (pictured) and Simon (Kennewell) were two of our better players today and it was good for Lewis Holland to get some minutes under his belt.
"That was a pleasing part of the tournament.
"We are seconds away from being in finals but we have to learn how to play those championship minutes and take those opportunities when they are there.
"That's where we have to be better and that's our target next weekend.”
The second leg in Cape Town is next weekend.