USA thrash Argentina to take Las Vegas Sevens crown

The United States beat Argentina 28-0 in the final of the Las Vegas Sevens on Sunday for only their second ever win in Rugby’s Sevens Series.

Danny Barrett scored two tries, while further scores from the fleet-footed Perry Baker and Carlton Isles topped an impressive win for the US team, their first since London 2015.

“It was such a team effort and we worked so hard for so long,” said Barrett, who was voted player of the tournament. “Three-straight years in the semifinals, to get knocked out and to come this year I can’t really tell you how (good) it feels.

“The group of guys came together and got it done on home soil, our second Cup final victory ever. It feels great to be home.”

Argentina, appearing in their 14th Sevens final had won twice on US soil before, but were unable to resist the power and pace of the US team, who went unbeaten through the weekend.

They had earlier beaten England 17-12 in the quarter-finals and Olympic champion Fiji 19-7 in the semis.

The pacy Baker ran in two tries against Fiji and scored again in the final, taking his try total to 158.

Argentina had made the final after beating Kenya 17-12 in the quarters and series leaders South Africa 12-10 in the semis.

In the bronze medal match, Fiji beat South Africa 26-22, while New Zealand beat Australia 17-12 to claim fifth place.

South Africa remains in the lead in the series after five rounds with 92 points, with New Zealand second on 82 and Fiji third with 79.

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