The battle for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title will go down to the final event after Australia defeated New Zealand with a golden-point victory to claim their first gold medal of the season in London.
History was made as HSBC Player of the Final Henry Paterson ran in a hat-trick of tries to lead the Aussie Sevens to their first Cup final victory over the All Blacks Sevens in 20 years.
Their victory came after Fiji took bronze, while the remaining title contenders South Africa and Argentina finished fifth and ninth respectively.
That series of results saw the Blitzboks reclaim top spot in the standings with 124 points, two ahead of Australia on 122.
Argentina are third with 118 points, while Fiji in fourth have 104 points.
This season, the best seven results will be used for the final Series standings, leaving the crown up for grabs ahead of the final event of the season in Los Angeles in August.
New Zealand issued a strong response after being knocked out at the Pool stage for the first time ever in Toulouse last weekend, reaching the final before narrowly losing 19-14 in extra-time.
Fiji’s bronze, which they claimed after a thrilling 31-26 win over Samoa, saw them medal for a fourth consecutive tournament.
But it was another disappointing day for South Africa, winners of the first four tournaments of the season, who blew a 17-point lead to lose to Australia in the quarter-finals on a weekend where they had a chance to wrap up the Series title if results went their way.
Sunday May 29, 2022
Challenge Trophy Quarters
11:30am USA vs Japan 26-24
11:52am France vs Kenya 31-0
12:14pm Scotland vs Wales 14-5
12:36pm Argentina vs Canada 28-7
12:58pm Fiji vs England 36-10
13:20 New Zealand vs Ireland 17-7
13:42 Samoa vs Spain 34-12
14:04 South Africa vs Australia 17-21
13th Place Semifinals
14:40 Japan vs Kenya 14-5
14:58 Wales vs Canada 21-22
Challenge Trophy Semifinals
15:20 USA vs France 31-19
15:42 Scotland vs Argentina 12-26
5th Place Semifinals
16:04 England vs Ireland 12-36
16:26 Spain vs South Africa 12-24
16:53 Fiji vs New Zealand 19-22
17:15 Samoa vs Australia 14-28
13th Place Final
17:47 Japan vs Canada 19-26
Challenge Trophy Final
18:37 USA vs Argentina 5-31
5th Place final
19:01 Ireland vs SA 5-14
19:28 Fiji vs Samoa 31-26
19:58 NZ vs Australia 14-19
Saturday May 28, 2022
11.10am Australia vs New Zealand 19-24
11.32am France vs Canada 19-14
11.54am Argentina vs South Africa 19-26
12.16pm Ireland vs Kenya 17-14
12.38pm USA vs Spain 10-26
1pm Fiji vs Wales 38-17
1.22pm England vs Scotland 19-17
1.44pm Samoa vs Japan 33-15
2.16pm Australia vs Canada 26-5
2.38pm France vs New Zealand 7-36
3pm Argentina vs Kenya 26-0
3.22pm Ireland vs South Africa 12-19
3.44pm USA vs Wales 33-19
4.06pm Fiji vs Spain 29-19
4.28pm England vs Japan 38-12
4.50pm Samoa vs Scotland 14-12
5.24pm New Zealand vs Canada 40-14
5.46pm France vs Australia 19-28
6.06pm South Africa vs Kenya 24-21
6.30pm Ireland vs Argentina 22-21
7.07pm Spain vs Wales 42-17
7.35pm Fiji vs USA 26-19
8.05pm Scotland vs Japan 24-7
8.33pm Samoa vs England 26-19