Hosts USA will meet New Zealand in the Cup semi-finals after defeating North American rivals Canada 20-0 at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas, their first semi-final since the 2010 Adelaide Sevens in front of 34,593 fans. The defending series champions New Zealand proved too strong for Australia thanks to a Joe Webber hat-trick in a 28-5 win in their semi-final while Fiji will meet South Africa in the first semi after proving too strong for France 31-12 with Savenaca Rawaca scoring four tries in the win. The current series leaders South Africa, in search of a third successive Cup win at the Sam Boyd Stadium, came from behind to beat England 21-14 thanks to tries from Branco Du Preez, Seabelo Senatla and Kwagga Smith.
Danny Barrett scored one of the best tries of the tournament in the USA’s win over Canada and his side will be looking to reach only a second ever Cup final. “We couldn’t have started a better way. It’s always our goal to keep an opponent to zero and it’s a tribute to how hard the boys work week in week out. We’re ready to give it a go against New Zealand and see what happens,” said Barrett.
Photo: USA’s Folau Niua goes over against Canada
Photo credit: World Rugby/Seras Lima