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Team USA defeated New Zealand 17-0 in the quarterfinals of Canada Sevens Sunday at BC Place in Vancouver, putting them in the medal rounds for the second-straight tournament. The Eagles will play either England or Kenya in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. ET live on ESPN3.
New Zealand’s opening kickoff went into the in-goal, resulting in a midfield free kick for the USA. The first pass of the pest play, however, was knocked on by Matai Leuta. The All Blacks would dominate possession in the first half. With just two-and-a-half minutes left, the Kiwis had completed 24 passes and the Eagles just one. Despite constantly defending, the Eagles didn’t give anything away.
That changed with a very threatening run from Perry Baker. He was cut down just short of the try line, but he tried to squeeze and offload and it was snuffed out by the All Blacks. Baker looked to be away on the sideline a minute later, but he was bundled into touch.
Early in the second half, head coach Mike Friday subbed Carlin Isles on, sliding Baker down to center. On their second touch in the backline together, Baker spun through a tackle and sliced through the Kiwi line, dishing to Isles to finish off the first score of the game. Folau Niua converted – 7-0 with three minutes to play.
Danny Barrett slammed home the second score in pretty short order. Kevon Williams attracted two defenders and squeezed off a pass just before contact, but it was swatted by a defender. Barrett scooped it up anyway, thumping a Kiwi en route to his 66th try on the Series.
Williams appeared to dot one down right on full time. He stepped through two would-be tacklers deep in the 22, but was tackled just short of the line. As he bounced off the turf from the initial takedown, Williams grounded the ball right on the line.