Written by RUGBYMag Staff
Saturday, 11 February 2012 22:27
USA 7s Bowl, Shield Semis Set
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The Bowl and Shield semifinalists have been decided as day two of the USA 7s tournament comes to a close.
After a frustrating 14-12 loss to Argentina to begin the day, the USA rebounded in the playoffs. The Eagles got their first victory of the tournament over France, a 21-5 win that relegated their opponents to the Shield competition.
The game didn't start as auspiciously as it began. After five minutes of scoring deadlock, France's Paul Albaladejo and USA's Folau Niua were sinbinned. Les Bleus took advantage of the chaos and sent Julien Jane across the tryline for the 5-0 lead.
But it would be the only lead - and points - France would enjoy. The Eagles regrouped and took the lead just before the half, when Zack Test finished off an American offensive and Shalom Suniula converted.
Suniula proceeded to convert Niua's and Peter Tiberio's second-half tries for the Bowl semifinal berth.
The Eagles will face Australia, who destroyed Brazil 50-0. The South Americans were winless coming into knockouts but the Aussies delivered the biggest point differential. The most impressive aspect of Australia's victory was the diffusion of points. Seven different players dotted down, resulting in the lead point scorer - Allan Fa'alava'au - accounting for only 10 points on two tries.
Brazil will have the opportunity to play more level competition tomorrow, as they prepare for France.
The upset of the day occured in the Japan v Scotland game. The Scots played both England and Kenya well during pool play, while Japan struggled against New Zealand and Samoa.
But Japan was ready for Scotland and ran out to a 10-0 lead on two tries from Ryo Tsuruta. Snapped to attention, Scotland responded during the final three minutes of the half, sending James Fleming across the line twice for two tries. Colin Gregor was able to convert both scores for the 14-10 lead into the half.
The game was decided a little over a minute into the half when Kazushi Hano scored Japan's third five-pointer of the match. Try though they might, Scotland couldn't put those go-ahead points on the board and lost 15-14.
Japan moves onto the Bowl semifinals against Canada, which had their way with Uruguay in their 29-0 bowl quarterfinal win over Uruguay. Japan would be wise to focus some attention on Taylor Paris, who logged a hat trick in Canada's bowl semifinal berth.
Canada 29-0 Uruguay
Japan 15-14 Scotland
USA 21-5 France
Australia 50-0 Brazil
Australia v USA
Japan v Canada
Brazil v France
Scotland v Uruguay