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Repeat Week Good And Bad For USA 7s In Vancouver

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Repeat Week Good And Bad For USA 7s In Vancouver

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A week later and things aren't all that different for the USA Men's 7s team.

The Eagles played the same three teams in the Vancouver 7s that they played at the LA Sevens. They beat the same two opponents—Samoa and Scotland—and lost to the same opponent—Australia.

There were some differences. The Eagles didn't fall badly behind in their two wins. Against Samoa, Perry Baker sidestepped and slid on the wet turf to score in the opening two minutes, Maceo Brown scored after that, and Martin Iosefo after that. Samoa scored at the end, but they weren't in the game as the Eagles dominated ball.

Against Scotland, they were even more in control. Twice they sent Maka Unufe up the middle, and while Scotland inched closer, a brilliant piece of work from Madison Hughes, and another score right off the restart, for Stephen Tomasin, finished the Scots off.

Throughout those games, the Eagles defended well, and were very quick to poach the ball. While Baker and Carlin Isles didn't get a lot of space, the USA team made up for it.

And then it all kind of fell away against Australia. The Aussies controlled possession, beating the USA at their own game by winning restarts again and again. The USA players started to get frustrated, and that's never good. Australia looked comfortable, and also found much success simply fending off USA tacklers. The Eagles needed to get lower and under those fends, and instead just made a lot of work for themselves.

So it's the same again this week as last, with the USA playing South Africa in the quarterfinals. They were hard-done-by last week in that game, but to make it close again they have to play a lot better.

Hosts Canada made the quarters, too, after shocking both France and Fiji before dismissing Wales to go 3-0. Playing in front of almost 40,000 fans, the Canadians will face Spain in the QFs on Sunday.

Reigning HSBC Canada Sevens champions South Africa continued their fine form following their victory at the previous round in Los Angeles, taking a hat-trick of wins to top Pool A.

The Blitzboks were too strong for invitational team Japan (12-0), Argentina (17-5) and England who they beat by a convincing 38-0 score, running in six unanswered tries. England had already claimed their place in the quarter-finals courtesy of whitewash victories over Argentina (31-0) and Japan (29-0).

Series leaders New Zealand, who entered the sixth round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series four points ahead of South Africa at the top of the standings, topped pool C with a perfect record of three victories on day one.

The All Blacks Sevens overcame Kenya 29-0, Spain 31-0 and Ireland 33-24. Spain secured their place in the quarter-finals for only the seventh time in series history courtesy of a hard fought 28-26 win over Ireland. It is Spain’s first quarter-final appearance since Sydney in 2019.

For the second tournament in succession Australia topped their pool with maximum points following back-to-back wins against Samoa (40-12), Scotland (33-19) and USA (29-7). The USA finished as runners up in Pool D to secure their place in the quarter-finals following earlier wins over Samoa (19-5) and Scotland (28-12).

Olympic Champions Fiji assured themselves of a quarter-final birth in the final game of the day, overcoming France 26-17 to claim second place in Pool B and set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash with New Zealand.

The full quarterfinal lineup:

South Africa vs USA
New Zealand vs Fiji
Australia vs England
Canada vs Spain