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Defending champs Samoa into US Sevens semis

Cup Quarter Finals action with Samoa over Scotland 12-5. [Photo: Barry Markowitz, courtesy Samoa Tuna Processors/Tri Marine]

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Samoa took another step toward retaining their USA Rugby Sevens crown, defeating Scotland 12-5 to book a Cup semi-final showdown with South Africa.

South Africa delivered another impressive performance in the quarter-finals, defeating Wales 26-0.

Pool winners New Zealand and Fiji advanced to the other semi-final in the fifth round of the IRB Sevens World Series.

New Zealand moved on with a 17-0 victory over Canada, while Fiji edged the United States 21-19.

The United States had booked their quarter-final berth in dramatic style earlier on Saturday, beating Spain 22-7 in the final pool match.

After enduring a tough opening day on Friday, the hosts needed to win by 14 or more points and rallied from 7-0 down with the help of two tries from Carlin Isles.

Nick Edwards got the decisive conversion with the final kick of the match, leaving Spain as the only Sevens core country yet to reach the Cup quarter-finals this season.

Fiji coach Timoci Wainiqolo said his side knew the hosts would be fired up in the quarter-finals after their victory over Spain.

"It was a hard game, USA were playing well, they are coming up," he said.

As the three-day format saw the last round of pool matches played Saturday, defending Samoa completed a perfect pool record, as did New Zealand and South Africa.



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