Saturday, March 10, 2018

Vancouver 7s: Williams The Hero As Eagles Beat Canada

Photo: David Barpal

A Kevon Williams try in one of the craziest endings you'll ever see in a sevens game pushed the U.S. over Canada 28-21 in the second pool play match at the Canada 7s. The U.S. are now assured of making the quarterfinals no matter their result against Australia who they play last in pool play.

The match was back and forth throughout with each team having their chances. With the match tied at 21-21 and the hooter sounded Canada looked as though they were going to come away with the win as they pushed within meters of the tryline. However, the ball popped loose, thanks to some strong U.S. defense, and Kevon Williams was there to take it 100 meters for the winning try.

Canada were riled up from the onset buoyed by their home crowd and the fact that they know they needed a win. That energy translated into an early try from Connor Braid. Once again it was Nathan Hirayama who was at the center of it for Canada with a sweet offload.

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After the try Canada kept coming. The speedy Justin Douglas was the next to take advantage to put Canada up 14-0. Not a lot was working for the Eagles early with the lineout off. They looked a little hungover from Vegas.

It wasn't to last for Canada as the U.S. came roaring back thanks to Perry Baker. His first try came as Folau Niua was able to direct play from the center of the pitch and put Baker free on the outside. The second came as Baker looked to be contained but he kicked ahead and recovered for the score to knot things up at 14-14. That added element of being able to kick the ball ahead and chase is one of the reasons why Baker earned Sevens Player of the Year last year.

In the second half the U.S. scored first as Leuta finished off some hard work from Ben Pinkelman and with the restart working the Eagles looked to be cooking. However, it was Canada that would get on the board next as John Moonlight pounced on a loose ball to even the score once again. That set up the final three minutes of madness where Williams ended it.

Now the U.S. will face Australia at 10:08 p.m. et/7:08 p.m. et for what is likely the top spot in the pool. 

1 comment:

  1. Williams the hero? I disagree. In all three tries the U.S. conceded, Williams missed a tackle. For me, Baker was the hero. It was his two very nice tries that led to the U.S. win.