Fantastic four reach Las Vegas semi-finals
February 12, 2012
Samoa lost out to New Zealand in th epool stages but both sides feature in the semi-finals © Getty Images
New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Fiji progressed to the semi-finals on the second day of action at the latest HSBC Sevens World Series event in Las Vegas.
In front of a 30,000 crowd at he Sam Boyd Stadium, defending Series champions New Zealand became the first side to book their place in the last four with a 12-7 victory against England. They came from behind for the second successive week against Ben Ryan's side, Tomasi Cama scoring the eventual winning try in the victory. Frank Halai had given Gordon Tietjens' side a 5-0 lead before Dan Norton's try made it 7-5, but Cama's effort put more distance between New Zealand and England in the Series.
The current Series leaders now face the defending USA Sevens champions South Africa after captain Kyle Brown's 50th World Series try helped Paul Treu's side to a 24-5 victory over Argentina in the second quarter final. Two of the crowd's favourites met in the third quarter final as an Alafoti Fa'osiliva hat-trick helped the 2009-10 Series champions Samoa in their 19-14 victory against a much improved Kenya.
Fiji, who are currently second behind New Zealand in the overall Series standings, set up an enthralling semi final with their Pacific rivals after coming from 5-0 behind to beat Wales 12-5 thanks to two tries from Setefano Cakau.
England will enter the Plate semi finals on day three of the USA Sevens after their defeat to New Zealand and will meet Argentina. Kenya will face Wales in the second Plate semi final.
Australia beat Brazil 50-0 in the opening Bowl quarter-final to book their place in the semis and will face USA. Taylor Paris scored a hat-trick to book Canada's place in the final four of the Bowl competition after a 29-0 victory against Uruguay. Sean Duke scored their first and Jeffery Hassler their fifth, meaning Geraint John's side will now play Japan on day three after two tries from Ryo Tsuruta and one from Kazushi Hano helped the Asian side record a dramatic 15-14 victory against Scotland.
Brazil will face Dubai Sevens runners-up France in the first Shield semi final on day three while Scotland will play Uruguay.
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