If you wanted a lot of fans in the stands, you could hardly pick two better
teams for the USA 7s final than Samoa and New Zealand. Only the USA could
surpass these two teams in popularity.
The final did not disappoint, as two physical, speedy and artistic teams
met for a chance to take home the cup, and battled until after full time.... Read More
(photos to come)
Fiji overcame a lackluster start to oust South Africa 21-15 in the
South Africa’s Frankie Horne scored first, calming the raucous Fiji
supporters. Branco du Preez missed the conversion.
In the fifth-minute, Fiji took the lead by quick-tapping a South African
penalty. Nemani Nagusa drew a pair of defenders off of the penalty, and... Read More
(Photos to come)
Kenya outscored Argentina 21-7 to take the Plate title at USA Sevens
Argentina scored first with an Agustin Migliore try and Valentin Cruz
conversion, but it was Kenya the rest of the way. First Sidney Ashioya
dotted down and Nato Linus Simiyu converted.
Then it looked like would score, as he flattened an Argentine tackler and
sprinted into the try... Read More
Samoa came back to knock off Fiji in the most anticipated Cup semifinal,
with Fijian and Samoan flags outnumbering every other country’s in Sam Boyd
Fiji opened scoring when Waisea Nayacalevu streaked long-distance for a
try, converted, taking a 7-0 lead.
Fiji attacked again off of a scrum on Samoa’s 40-meter line. Keeping the
ball off of the... Read More
The Eagles fell 19-15 to Australia Sunday in the Bowl semifinals in Las
The first half, which proved to be a comedy of errors by both teams,
started with Shalom fielding the opening kickoff and running straight into
touch. Australia scored easily off the lineout, when Pama Fou ran through a
large gap in the US defense.
On... Read More
The big prize is off the table for Kenya, England, Wales and Argentina, but
valuable Series points are still on offer for the Plate champion.
Kenya, who has been electrifying all weekend, ran into the buzz saw named
Samoa in the Cup quarterfinals. Despite conceding three tries to the
monstrous Alafoti Faosiliva, Kenya was within striking distance the entire
match. Ultimately,... Read More
Samoa, South Africa and New Zealand are all still in the hunt for the Cup
heading into day three of the 2012 USA Sevens. Fiji, South Africa and New
Zealand have reached the semifinals undefeated, while Samoa is 3-1 so far,
having fallen to the All Blacks in both teams’ pool finale Saturday.
Samoa started that game well, looking like the well-oiled machine that won
the Cup... Read More
The USA 7s tournament topped 30,000 in paid attendance Saturday as 30,112
flooded Sam Boyd Stadium to watch the action.
This is the first rugby event on American soil to draw over 30,000, and
achieves the goal set forth by organizers, who are hoping for a similar
crowd on Sunday.
“It’s awesome this crowd,” said USA center Mike Palefau. “I used to think
Wellington and Hong... Read More
Canada lost 19-10 to Fiji in Saturday's USA 7s action. The result was just
enough to keep the USA in the hunt for a spot in the Cup Quarterfinals.
Canada needed to lose by less than 8 to ensure a possibility of a Cup
Quarter spot. They almost did it, defending against Fiji superbly and
working hard to force turnovers.
With the game almost over Nathan Hirayama squirmed out of... Read More
South Africa has Pool C all but wrapped up after two games Friday night.
The Springboks torched Uruguay 35-0 in their first game, with Cornal
Hendricks, Frankie Horne and Bernado Botha all scoring a try, and Cecil
Afrika dotting down two.
The night didn’t get any better for Uruguay, as Los Teros had an upset
ripped from them at the death against France.... Read More