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USA reign supreme in Las Vegas

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allblacks.com     05 Mar 2018     Getty Images

USA’s previous best finish on the circuit this year was fourth in Sydney, but they were a class above all-comers on their home turf this year.

With Perry Baker in hot form and Danny Barrett at his rampaging best, USA stormed through pool play with convincing victories over Samoa, Australia and Spain.

The home-side then showed how good they were in the playoffs by edging England 17-12 and outclassing the reigning Olympic champions Fiji 19-7 in the semifinal.

This set up a final clash with Argentina who were desperate to get their first title win this season after second and third place finishes in Cape Town and Sydney respectively.
But the South Americans weren’t even given sniff as USA repelled all of their attacking advances and nailed four scoring opportunities to win 28-0.

Speedsters Perry Baker and Carlin Isles both crossed the chalk while Danny Barrett confirmed his rising status as one of the premier Sevens players in the world with a brace of tries and the man of the match award.

Fifth place was the best the All Blacks Sevens could hope for after being edged by Fiji 14-10 in the Cup quarterfinal.

After taking out England 19-14 courtesy of a double from debutant Ngarohi McGarvey-Black, the All Blacks Sevens played off for fifth place against Australia.
Australia starved New Zealand of possession for most of the match but tries to Vilimoni Koroi and Sam Dickson gave the New Zealand side a 12-7 lead with time up on the clock. But Australia were in no mood to surrender and slowly worked their way 80 metres up field before scoring in the corner to send the match into extra time.

After three tense minutes of extra time play, Sione Molia broke out from deep in the New Zealand half to seal the game for the All Blacks Sevens.

The victory ensured a crucial 15 World Series points for the All Blacks Sevens to keep them in second spot on the series ladder.

The All Blacks Sevens now have a short turnaround until the next tournament in Vancouver on 10-11 March.