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Mike Friday’s crew improved to 4-0 at the Silicon Valley 7s Sunday, beating Fiji 24-5 in the cup quarterfinals. The Eagles were dominant throughout the contest, as they have sharpened during the course of the competition.
Up next is the semifinal against England, who pounded Samoa in the other semifinal. The semifinal round kicks off at 3:54 PT.
The Eagles got on the board first thanks to a penalty deep in the Fijian end. A set piece play saw Folau Niua thread a long pass directly into the hands of an uncovered Kevon Williams, who sprinted in untouched. The conversion was missed, 5-0.
Martin Iosefo scored on the USA’s next possession. Joe Schroeder made a big charge up the middle of the field, and Niua kicked a grubber ahead for Iosefo, who gathered the ball and dotted it down under the posts. Niua slotted the easy kick – 12-0 with three minutes to play.
Schroeder scored the third try, playing a big part in the entire possession. He won an attacking lineout, and after a single phase from the set piece, the ball was fed to the debutant on the same wing it just came from. With one defender bearing down on him, the former college cheerleader uncoiled his 6’5” frame into the end zone.
Niua could not get the long-distance kick through the wickets, making it 17-0 to the USA with just enough time for a restart, and Netani Vakyalia took the kick and exploded down the touchline for the score in the left corner. With his yellow card expired, Batine returned to attempt the conversion, but failed to further cut into the lead.
Iosefo opened scoring in the second half, but credit for the try should go to Tomasin, who drew the Fijian defense and left the finishing pass for Iosefo while being lifted and dumped by a tackler. Niua slotted the touch line conversion, pushing the lead to 24-5.
Fiji couldn’t muster a second score, and the USA did well enough to hold on for the win. The loss drops Fiji to 1-1-2 on the weekend.