USA Wins 5th at World Games 7s
Saturday Jul 25, 2009 in Elite Level Rugby USA 7s
(Ata Malifa helps USA to a win over Chinese Taipei with a try, Ian Muir photo.)
Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei – Revenge came for the USA 7s team, as they were able to turn the tables on Chinese Taipei and beat the World Games hosts 21-19 and garner 5th place at the International Olympic Committee event.
Jone Naqica was good on all three conversions, and he needed to be to stay ahead of Chinese Taipei, as both sides scored three tries.
Blaine Scully, Ata Maloifa and Jason Pye all scored tries to give the USA the victory. Wang Ju-An, Wang Kuo-feng and Chu Chih-Wei all scored for the hosts. Chu converted two, but couldn’t get that all-important third kick.
The big performers of the tournament were Portugal, which had earned an invitation as a core team for the 2009-2010 IRB World Series, and followed that up with a silver medal at the World Games.
Fiji won gold, beating Portugal 43-10 in the final. Ratuemosi Vucago and Nasoni Rokobiau both scored two tries in the final.
South Africa took bronze, 17-0 over Argentina.
All Saturday scores:
Argentina 19 USA 12
South Africa 39 Hong Kong 0
Fiji 28 Chinese Taipei 5
Portugal 17 Japan 0
USA 29 Japan 24
Chinese Taipei 17 Hong Kong 12
Gold Medal Semis
Fiji 21 South Africa 7
Portugal 19 Argentina 12
7th/8th Match Japan 19 Hong Kong 5
5th/6th Match USA 21 Chinese Taipei 19
Bronze Medal Match: South Africa 17 Argentina 0
Gold Medal Match: Fiji 43 Portugal 10