USA Sevens: Team reaction

(IRB.COM) Saturday 12 February 2011
 USA Sevens: Team reaction
Kenya's Collins Injera crossed for his 100th World Series career Sevens try

Reaction from the teams on day one at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas, the fourth event of the HSBC Sevens World Series - including those to have reached the Cup semi finals with wins at the end of a lengthened first day of play.

Kyle Brown, South Africa capt - first Cup semi of the season

"Let's just hope they make the next few tournaments four games on day one - it seems to be working for us! The guys picked up the momentum from the first game this morning and kept pushing it throughout the day so we're looking forward to tomorrow."

Ben Gollings, England capt - 2,500 career pts & through to Cup semis

"Today we played it right. We rested players when we needed to bt still got the results and that was the key. Kenya have got massive support here, they are a good team to play against and they proved that. It was a good win for us and we're through to the semi tomorrow.

"If it was (my 2,500th point) it's sensational, I'm pretty happy with how things are going. As long as the boys keep scoring the points and we keep winning I don't really mind."

Gordon Tietjens, NZ coach - through to Cup semis

"We were pretty erratic in a couple of the games today and the guys were pretty disappointed so to have four games in one day and finish like we did was awesome.

"They (Argentina) gave us a bit of a fright (by scoring first). I thought they played well against England so it was a really good result, our defence won us the game, we put a lot of pressure on them and they spilt a lot of ball and that turned into tries for us.

"It's actually quite a breather to know that you've already got a quarter final under your belt and you've either got one game or two (tomorrow). We certainly want two and we'll have to see how it goes."

Iliesa Tanivula, Fiji coach - through to Cup semis

"We were under a lot of pressure after last week when we lost to them in the semis but we managed to sit down, have a good talk about it and I guess the guys were really hungry for it. We were desperate and the guys were hurting. Credit to Samoa, they're a good experienced side, very physical, but to come out on top is great."

Collins Injera, Kenya - passes 100 World Series career tries

"I scored my 100th try and I feel very happy about that, to be the first guy from Kenya to hit the 100 mark, it's a milestone for Kenyan Rugby and to do it against New Zealand was great. I really savoured that moment.

"It feels great to reach what is our first quarter final in a while and we're happy that we have some more (World Series) points on the board.

"We're definitely taking one game a time and we now have England to focus on - we want to be in the Cup final because we have a big Kenyan crowd here in Vegas, but we're taking it one game at a time."

Matt Hawkins, USA captain - beat Japan to end day one on positive note

"It's crucial, we've got to go away now and rebuild for tomorrow and the fact that we ended with a win makes a huge difference to that.

"We can take some positives out of today and look forward to tomorrow. The biggest lesson you learn is that when you get to that top level (opening losses against South Africa and Samoa) you can't make mistakes. You make mistakes and they're going to capitalise and put the points on. We know that and we've just got to knuckle down a little more mentally.

"Bowl or whatever it is, tomorrow we just want to go out there and win, go 3 and 0.

"There's no words that can describe playing in front of our home crowd. We have a lot of friends and family which have been around us all week and that makes us relaxed. When we hit the pitch we understand a little bit more (here) what we're doing and who we're doing it for as far as the US flag goes. It makes a huge difference."

Video: Postcard from Vegas with Matt Hawkins & Paul Emerick

Las Vegas Sevens

Round 5
13-15 February 2015
Sam Boyd Stadium
City: Las Vegas
Capacity: 36,800

Pool A
Pool B
Pool C
Pool D
  • Cecil Afrika
  • South Africa won the USA Sevens
  • Zack Test, USA