Saturday, November 4, 2017

Silicon Valley 7s Round Two Recap

Photo: Connie Hatfield

Round two of the Silicon Valley 7s is finished and we know a few of the quarterfinals. Australia are in with a 2-0 record as are Chile and the United States. There will still be plenty to play for in round three after two draws in round two. Both the match between Fiji and Japan and England and Samoa ended in draws. Also, Ireland's win over Canada evened up Pool A.

Arguably the most entertaining match of the round was the first one. Fiji didn't look comfortable in their round one loss to Australia and for the large chunks of the match they didn't look comfortable against Japan either. For their part the Japanese were clinical against China and for much of the match had the better of Fiji. The match yo-yo'd back in forth several times with each team taking a lead. Japan at one point looking like they were going to go on to the win. Despite being down a man with a player sent to the bin Fiji were able to storm their way back and with less than two minutes to go held a 26-21 lead. Then, with no time left Japan finally found the tryzone after repeated attempts to tie the game at 26-26. They even had a chance to win it but the kick was off.

In the other match of the pool Australia cruised to a 47-0 win over China. Australia have been one of the most impressive teams so far while China have looked lost in the field.

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Samoa struck first in their match against England. As the pitch began to dry out from the earlier rains teams were able to to do more with the ball and the overall passing improved. That was especially evident in the England-Samoa match where both teams opened up. Eventually it would be Samoa that would take full advantage with their second try. Still, England stayed patient and eventually worked their way back into the match with two converted tries of their own. After the stalemate it came down to a penalty for Samoa on England's 22. Rather than choosing to go with the set play Samoa went for the drop goal to try and get the win but it was wide and the match ended in a 14-14 draw.

Liam Underwood started things for Canada where they left off in round one with a try. Unfortunately for them that momentum didn't last long as they had a player sent to the bin for tackling in the air. They were able to take the time off the card and limit what Ireland were able to do to take a 5-0 lead. Canada were able to hold Ireland off for much of the match but with possession Ireland finally were able to shine through with a try four minutes from time. The conversion was up and good to give Ireland a 7-5 lead. They would add another to extend to 12-5. The restart then went their way with a fortunate bounce (probably a knock-on) to seal the match. Final: Ireland 19-5 Canada.

Chile continued their impressive form with another very good first half against Tonga. They scored four straight tries and put a Tongan in the bin to lead 22-0 at halftime. They only kept it going in the second half as Tonga looked dejected after two big defeats. A red card for a dangerous tackle a minute from time didn't help their cause either. In the end Chile would win 39-0.

In the final match of the round the U.S. beat New Zealand 24-12. A recap of that match is here.

Pool B

Fiji 26-26 Japan
Australia 47-0 China

Pool A

Samoa 14-14 England
Ireland 19-5 Canada

Pool C

Chile 39-0 Tonga
U.S. 24-12 New Zealand

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