World Rugby Sevens Series: Wales edge towards survival

Afon Bagshaw
Afon Bagshaw scored Wales' second try in their victory over Japan at Twickenham

Wales secured a vital win against nearest rivals Japan in their bid to remain in the top 14 of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Richie Pugh's side went into the penultimate round of the series in 14th spot, three points ahead of Japan.

They beat Japan 17-0, but lost 33-7 against Scotland in the semi-finals.

Pugh's side left Twickenham lying 13th in the standings, above fellow strugglers Kenya and Japan ahead of the series finale in Paris next weekend.

"We've picked up the most points out of all the bottom three teams and the performances within those results have given us a lot to be please about," said Pugh.

Wales had lost to Australia and series leaders the United States before victory over Spain in Saturday's pool matches.

Wales squad: Luke Treharne (capt), Owen Jenkins, Ethan Davies, Cai Devine, Afon Bagshaw, Joe Jenkins, Joe Goodchild, George Gasson, Cameron Lewis, Dafydd Smith, Reuben Morgan-Williams, Ben Cambriani, Tom Rogers, Morgan Williams.

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