Sunday, November 5, 2017

Silicon Valley 7s: Eagles Cruise Past Fiji

Photo: Connie Hatfield
The U.S. solidified their status as one of the favorites to make it to the final at the Silicon Valley 7s with a 24-5 victory over Fiji in the Cup quarterfinals. It wasn't easy but the U.S. were in control for most of the match. They had the better of the possession and using their pace out on the wing were able to make good things happen.

Having Kevon Williams on the wing certainly helped. The speedster continued to make his case for first team selection by picking up the team's first try. It was simple stuff that found Williams with a gap on the sideline that he exploited.

The second try of the day came with a bit of luck. Folau Niua put in a grubber kick. It looked like the Fijian defense would be there but with the greasy pitch he wasn't able to hold on allowing Martin Iosefo to pick up the ball and touch down. With the conversion the U.S. were up 12-0 and in full command.

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Next it was Joe Schroeder's turn to make an impact. He's been the revelation of the weekend. At times you're not always sure what he's doing but every match he's made an impact with solid running and tackling. In this match he was rewarded by scoring a try in the corner to increase the lead to 17-0.

It was all about possession for the Eagles because keeping the ball away was incredibly important. The few times they did allow Fiji to have the ball it resulted in a score for the islanders, which they did just before halftime to make it 17-5.

Iosefo started things off well for the Eagles in the second half with a try to push the lead to 24-5. Fiji threatened after that but tough defense from the Eagles, as exemplified by a grubber recovery from Steve Tomasin, kept Fiji off the board and preserved the win.

Up next for the Eagles will be either England or Samoa at 7:16 p.m. et/4:16 p.m. pt.

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