Written by RUGBYMag Staff    Saturday, 25 January 2014 21:55    PDF Print Write e-mail
Record Crowd, Quick USA 7s Wrap
Tournaments - USA Sevens Tournament

Canada delighted their many fans by coming back from a 14-0 deficit to beat France and advance to the semifinals of the USA 7s in Las Vegas.

Still a big crowd for the USA 7s, despite the date begin moved from February to January. Dobson Images.This was just the latest in a string of thrilling games. Samoa came back from a 10-0 deficit to overhaul Australia, a team that had fashioned its own dramatic comeback the day before.

South Africa looked unstoppable in a tournament they might be calling their own, as they thrashed Argentina 36-0 behind the three-pronged attack of Cecil Afrika, Seabelo Senatle, and Branco du Preez.

And the day ended with New Zealand taking care of business against England 24-7, using a lot more kicking than you normally see, and getting three tries from Waisake Naholo.

So the semifinalists are South Africa, Samoa, Canada, and

In the lower brackets, the USA once again lost a nailbiter, 12-7 to Wales. They will be in the Shield semis Sunday against Uruguay.

Winning their Bowl QFs were Kenya, 24-0 over Spain, Wales, 12-7 over the USA, Scotland, 31-7 over Portugal, and Fiji, 38-14 over Uruguay.

The attendance for Saturday was another USA record for most fans at a single-day American rugby event, with 31,664 fans seeing the action, up a modest 1.4% from the Saturday crowd from 2013.

This was greeted with positivity from Tournament Director Dan Lyle, who said the early January date led organizers to believe attendance might drop a shade. Still, the total attendance for the first two days of the event is 43,711, up about 1,000 from the 2013 two-day total of 42,639 (up 2.5%).

A strong crowd on Sunday could help the event exceed 70,000 for the first time ever.

And those fans will see the following schedule:

9:20am Shield SF Spain v Portugal
9:42am Shield SF USA v Uruguay
10:04am Bowl SF Kenya v Scotland
10:26am Bowl SF Wales v Fiji

10:48am Plate SF Argentina v Australia
11:10am Plate SF France v England
11:32am Cup SF South Africa v Samoa
11:54am Cup SF Canada v New Zealand