Friday, 20 July, 2018

Blitzboks extend Sevens lead despite Las Vegas semi-final exit

New Zealand sevens star Sione Molia showed his speed and sidestep to score the decisive try in their Las Vegas tournament SPORT New Zealand sevens star Sione Molia showed his speed and sidestep to score the decisive try in their Las Vegas tournament
Marty Perkins | 07 March, 2018, 00:17

United States of America stormed into the final in Las Vegas on Monday, upsetting the Olympic champs 19-7 in their semi-final clash.

The Springbok Sevens side will not be dwelling too much on their failure to successfully defend their title in Las Vegas and will rather look at what they need to do to return to winning ways in Vancouver this week.

The tournament saw many interesting results, with the United States of America becoming the fifth team to win a tournament in the 2017/18 World Series.

Argentina will be up against South Africa in the 1st semi final match with hosts US clashing against Fiji in the 2nd semi.

Fiji collected 17 log points and are on 79 while Australia remains in fourth overall on 72 points. They then beat Russian Federation by a core of 19-12.

"We are looking for consistency and given the number of new faces and some injuries, we did well in that regard".




"We had a poor opening match against Wales on Friday and did not play our best rugby against Argentina on Sunday‚ but did well in the other matches. We have to take in the positives because we have some very tight games and fix a little bit of the mistakes that we have had and I believe we will be good to go in Vancouver", Ambaka said.

"We want the new guys to play against the likes of Fiji‚ England and New Zealand to see if they can make the step-up".

Perry Baker scored twice against Fiji in the Las Vegas Sevens semifinal.

Then the one against Argentina, we were not clinical enough, not enough attention to detail and we got one or two technical areas wrong that cost us the game.

They returned fired up and it showed in the scoreline, as de Carpentier bagged his second try as well as Bowen and Mitchell, who also scored five conversions, went over.

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