VANCOUVER (AP) – South Africa and the United States are both unbeaten in the group stage and advanced to the quarter-finals of the Vancouver Sevens World Series tournament on Saturday, which many miss. top-ranked teams due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Vancouver was the last tournament held before the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in the remainder of the series being canceled in March 2020. Despite the series resuming after an 18-month hiatus, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medalists Fiji , silver medalists New Zealand, as well as Australia and Samoa are all absent due to travel restrictions linked to COVID-19.
The United States had comfortable wins over Chile 33-5 and Germany 26-7, with Malacchi Esdale scoring three tries in the two matches.
In their final group game, the United States got off to a quick start against the 2020 Olympic bronze medalists and welcomes Canada to take a 19-7 halftime lead thanks to Adam Channel’s brace. Martin Iosefo also scored a brace for the Americans as they took the 29-19 victory to advance to a quarterfinal against Kenya.
South Africa also did a light job of their pool opponents, beating Mexico 53-0 with Angelo Davis scoring four tries, before outscoring Spain 34-7 and African rivals Kenya 33-14 to win. comfortably the group and hold a quarterfinal with Spain, which advanced as one of the top two teams to third place.
Great Britain and Ireland also finished Matchday 1 undefeated, with rivals drawing 7-7 in the final group game to give the Irish the top spot in Pool C on the points differential and a game of quarter-finals against Hong Kong on Sunday.
Earlier, Great Britain beat Jamaica 24-5, before beating Hong Kong 31-5 to set up a tricky quarter-final game with Canada.
In the women’s Fast Four event, Great Britain comfortably won all three group matches and will face Mexico in the semi-finals on Sunday, with the United States taking on Canada.
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