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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Australia, U.S. Into Silicon Valley 7s Final


The Cup final at the Silicon Valley 7s will come down to Australia and the United States after they won their respective semi-finals. Australia opened up their Cup semi-final against Chile with a try less than a minute in. However, rather than being rattled Chile settled into the match, taking time off the clock. They nearly had a try as well off a set play from a lineout but the final pass wasn't there. Instead, Australia were able to go the length of the pitch a moment later to extend their lead. At the half they would lead 12-0.

The second half also belonged to Australia. Once again it was a try less than a minute into the stanza to extend the lead to 17-0. Another try pushed it to 22-0. By the end of the match Australia was capitalizing on every Chilean mistake. The match would finish at 27-0.

Finishing out the final pairing is the U.S. who also won 27-0 beating England. A recap of that match can be found here.

Take the jump to read more.

Plate

Down in the Plate semi-finals Fiji came from behind to beat New Zealand 26-15. New Zealand stormed out to a 10-0 lead and looked in charge. However, those mistakes that they've been making all weekend crept up once again and it allowed Fiji back into the match with a try. New Zealand did score again to lead 15-7 but Fiji kept going and it was near impossible that stop them after a certain point. They scored three typically Fijian tries to end the match as 26-15 winners.

The second Plate semi-final saw Samoa beat Japan. Japan actually went ahead first but disaster struck when a Japanese player was shown a red card for a dangerous high tackle. With the man advantage Samoa scored five unanswered tries before Japan scored once at the end to finish up 27-12.

Bowl 

Ireland are the Bowl champions. They beat Canada in a very hard fought match 19-12. It was actually one of the best matches of the round. Canada went ahead 5-0 before Ireland equalized. At times it was a testy match with each team annoyed with the other. Ireland had the better of the action thanks to quick ball and it paid off with a 12-5 lead. However, Canada didn't go down easy and scored at the stroke of halftime to level the match. The second half was equally intense with not much dividing the two teams. In the end it was an Ireland try that sealed the win at 19-12.

The 11th/12th place match went to China who beat Tonga 34-5.

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