For the top teams in the Men's Elite 7s at the Las Vegas Invitational, Friday was an intense, yet mellow day.
The winning quarterfinalists all played just the one game, as those victories set up the semifinals and the final on Saturday.
The surprise team of the tournament, Belgium, continued to surprise, as they upended the Mana Utah Selects 33-0.
Said one Utah player, "they were really skilled, and we played hard, but we weren't together, and they made us pay."
In Belgium's bracket is the USA Falcons, and that was a team with talent and athleticism, but wasn't quite putting the rugby together. They did this time, hammering the Northeast Olympic Development Academy 38-7. The Falcons played a much more cohesive game and were led by a superb game from Garrett Bender. They were happy to have Mike Ziegler back on the field, as well.
In the other half of the bracket, Serevi Selects continued to gallop toward a berth in the final, shutting out a very strong Maple Leafs (Canada Development) team 33-0.
"The way we want to play is go out there and be clinical," said flyhalf Ben Gollings. "When you get up with a big score in the first half there's a chance that errors creep in, so we've worked to keep those errors out."
Serevi will take on the Lionheart 7s, who had all they could handle against the Jeff Reuther-led New Orleans Royale Selects in a 21-14 decision.