France vs Japan – USA Sevens Rugby
24 - 14
Challenger Qtr FinalsSam Boyd Stadium03/04/201706:48 PMUSA Sevens

The first challenge trophy quarterfinal gave Japan a chance to shake off a dodgy start to the tournament and end the day on a high note. France had other plans. A quick converted try followed by a second French score thanks to Bastien Berenguel left Japan searching for answers. Those answers were not found before France added a third try of the half. But before things got too out of hand, Katsuyuki Sakai broke free for a try. His conversion ended the half with Japan down only ten points. After four minutes of back-and-forth play finally gave way to a fourth French try, this time for Jeremy Aicardi. Well after the clock went to zero, Japan used a French yellow card to score a final seven points, again thanks to Sakai. France moves on to pursue the challenge Trophy, and Japan will compete to avoid yet another last-place finish. France 24, Japan 14.