Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 09 February 2013 11:20    PDF Print Write e-mail
All To Play For USA 7s Saturday Play
Tournaments - USA Sevens Tournament


Things were a little wild in the chilly desert wind Friday night at the USA 7s.

England, the all-conquering England of a week ago, lost their opening match to an explosive Fijian team 26-17.

Samoa is 2-0. Allan Hamilton photo.Pool A seemed to then implode a little bit. England were stunned by Portugal 21-5, while Fiji continued winning, edging a gritty Scotland 14-12, but in the process may have two players suspended for foul play. They are likely down to ten men for the remainder of the Las Vegas weekend.

Scotland won by the conversion and died by the conversion, beating Portugal by two and losing to Fiji by two.

It all comes down to Scotland v. England on Saturday afternoon. The winner has an excellent shot at finishing second. Portugal, and impressive 1-1, needs to beat Fiji, and if they do, Pool A could have three 2-1 teams.

In Pool B, Canada took up where they left off in Wellington, playing an aggressive game that takes opportunities and plays superb support rugby. They matched Kenya try for try and then, with time up, scored the clincher thanks to Nanyak Dala to win 19-14.

But South Africa, burned by a loss to Canada last week, weren’t about to let that happen again and dominated the Maple Leafs, keeping possession from their big backs and claiming a 17-0 lead before winning 17-5.

Along with a 45-0 rout of inexperienced Uruguay, South Africa are 2-0.

In Pool C New Zealand put aside the loss of captain DJ Forbes to injury and crushed France and Wales. Wales didn’t know what hit them, as Ben Lam scored three tries.

Argentina (1-1), Wales (1-1), and possibly still France battle for second. Argentina have yet to face New Zealand, and France are hoping to beat Wales, and make it a three-way tie for 2nd at 1-2.

In Pool D, Australia started their game against the USA by kicking for touch – a very 15s move that worked exactly as intended (defensive pressure in the USA end produced a turnover and a try). USA got nothing going until late and Australia won 26-7.

The Eagles were very close to beating Samoa, but went down in a thrilling tussle 12-7. Meanwhile Spain made everyone sit up and take notice. They almost beat Samoa, and then shocked Australia. Down 12-7 at halftime Spain scored three tries from Pedro Martin and Glen Rolls, the latter getting two, including the backbreaker with no time left.

Spain were tough at the breakdown and played excellent support rugby, and the crowd loved them.

So still much to decide on Day Two and then the quarterfinals come.


Pool A W L T PF PA PD TF TA TD PTS
Fiji 2 0 0 40 29 11 6 5 1 6
Portugal 1 1 0 31 17 14 5 3 2 4
Scotland 1 1 0 24 24 0 4 4 0 4
England 0 2 0 22 47 -25 4 7 -3 2











Pool B W L T PF PA PD TF TA TD PTS
South Africa 2 0 0 62 5 57 10 1 9 6
Kenya 1 1 0 24 26 -2 4 4 0 4
Canada 1 1 0 24 29 -5 4 5 -1 4
Uruguay 0 2 0 7 57 -50 1 9 -8 2











Pool C W L T PF PA PD TF TA TD PTS
New Zealand 2 0 0 61 5 56 9 1 8 6
Argentina 1 1 0 21 29 -8 3 4 -1 4
Wales 1 1 0 22 47 -25 3 7 -4 4
France 0 2 0 12 35 -23 2 5 -3 2











Pool D W L T PF PA PD TF TA TD PTS
Samoa 2 0 0 31 19 12 5 3 2 6
Australia 1 1 0 40 31 9 6 5 1 4
Spain 1 1 0 36 33 3 6 5 1 4
United States 0 2 0 14 38 -24 2 6 -4 2