USA Dominates Fiji to Advance to 5th Place Final at Canada Sevens

The HSBC Canada Sevens was held on March 7-8, 2020 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The USA opened pool play with a 19-5 win over Samoa, defeated Scotland 28-12, and concluded pool play losing 29-7 to Australia to finish second in Pool D. The USA met South Africa in the Cup Quarterfinals, losing 26-10 and the USA defeated Fiji  40-14 in the 5th place semifinal. The Eagles Sevens will meet England, who beat Spain, in the 5th place final at 8:31 pm ET.

The USA vs Fiji Recap

Fiji opened the match by not kicking the ball the required 10 meters. This gave the ball to the USA to attack. Maka Unufe ran inside Fiji’s 22-meters. An offload by Unufe to Barrett had him being held up by Josua Vakurunabili and gave the USA a 5-meter scrum.

Cody Melphy went up the middle for a try under the posts with Melphy slotting the extras to lead 7-0.

A kick chase by Vakurunabili was interfered with by Martin Iosefo and resulted in his being sent to the bin and a penalty try to level the match at 7 all.

The USA answered back with a short-handed try by Carlin Isles after a breakdown with Melphy converting to lead 14-7. It was Isles 206th try. Danny Barrett added a third USA try with Melphy’s kick good again to lead 21-7.

Fiji attacked with no time of the clock, but a knock-on ended the half.

Second Half

The USA claimed the restart and went side to side before an offload to Malon Al-jiboori resulted in a try in the left corner with Melphy perfect on the day, 28-7.

Fiji claimed the restart with Waisea Nacuqu finishing and Napolioni Bolaca converting, 28-14.

The USA attacked from a scrum with Kevon Williams finding a gap, but the offload was not handled by Perry Baker. Fiji tried to answer back, but a knock-on turned the ball over for a USA scrum. Baker tried to step a man and soon after Fiji was penalized and the USA had a lineout at Fiji’s 22-meters. Ben Broselle then finished with his first try on the HSBC Sevens Series in the left corner, 33-14.

From the ensuing restart, Madison Hughes gathered a loose ball with Hughes converting for a 40-14 victory.

The USA will face England, who beat Spain, in the 5th place final at 8:31 pm ET.

USA: 1. Carlin Isles (Wing, 56) 2. Malon Al-Jiboori (Prop/Hooker, 9) 3. Danny Barrett (Prop, 53) 4. Maceo Brown (Center,13) 5. Cody Melphy (Halfback, 5) 6. Kevon Williams (Halfback/Wing, 26) 7. Naima Fuala’au (Halfback, 7) 8. Maka Unufe (Center, 42) 9. Stephen Tomasin (Hooker, 36) 10. Madison Hughes (C) Halfback, 51) 11. Perry Baker (Wing, 46) 12. Martin Iosefo (Center, 45) 13. Ben Broselle (Center, 6)

STAFF

Head Coach Mike Friday
Assistant Coach Anthony Roques
Strength & Conditioning John Hood
Performance Analyst Dave Gardner
Athletic Trainer Brian Green
Team Manager Scott Novack

VANCOUVER SCHEDULE

Pool D – Saturday, March 4 & Squad Preview
vs Samoa W 19-5
vs Scotland W 28-12
vs Australia L 29-7

Sunday, March 5
vs South Africa L 26-10
vs Fiji W 40-14 – 5th place Semifinals

vs England or Spain – 5th place Final, 8:31 ET

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