Aussie men fall just short of Singapore Sevens bronze

Try-time: John Porch scores the opening try of Australia's 40-7 semi-final loss to the USA at the Singapore Sevens on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images
Try-time: John Porch scores the opening try of Australia's 40-7 semi-final loss to the USA at the Singapore Sevens on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images

John Porch had the distinction of captaining the Australian men’s sevens side at Singapore on the weekend.

The former Farrer flyer led an injury-ravaged Aussie side in their bronze medal play-off against England.

The Poms unfortunately edged the Aussies out 14-12 to deny them a second consecutive bronze medal.

England dominated the opening minutes of the match, controlling possession and territory. That pressure eventually paid off as they opened up a 7-nil lead.

The Aussies hit back with just over a minute remaining after a great run from Charlie Taylor down the left touch to set up Liam McNamara.

Porch added the extras to lock up the scores at 7-all.

From a penalty quick tap after the half-time bell, Porch then threw a floating 25m pass on the fly out to try-scoring machine Henry Hutchinson to give the Aussies a 12-7 lead at the break.

England reclaimed the lead early in the second half. Out on their feet, the Aussies had a late chance to level, and potentially snatch the game, with a penalty about 70m out but they weren’t able to make anything of it.

After making his return from injury at Hong Kong the previous weekend, Porch left the field midway through the second half with an apparent injury, but was one of the Aussies’ best over the weekend.

“I thought we played some really good Rugby throughout the tournament,” head coach Andy Friend said.

“The last game against England we fought really hard but we just couldn’t finish it in the end.”

The Aussies currently sit sixth ahead of the next round at Paris on May 11-13.