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Men's Sevens  @ Sam Boyd Stadium
March 4, 20181:12 pm PDT
USA Sevens
Referee:  Richard Kelly
Cup Semi-Finals

Men's Sevens reach first ever Cup Final on home soil

LAS VEGAS, NV - No day-three fatigue from the players and fans here at Sam Boyd Stadium as the Men's Sevens took the field for the Cup semifinal against an exciting Fijian squad. Despite not being able to score in the first half, the United States completed a heart-pumping 19-7 win thanks to some flashes of brilliance from World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year, Perry Baker.

Having never played in a Cup final on home soil, the US were noticeably amped to race onto the grass from under the flamed-filled entrance. While the Fijian fans have been loud and well represented in Las Vegas this weekend, the US contingent was drowning. 

Looking to follow suit from Sydney where the Men's Sevens beat Fiji in the Cup quarterfinals, Folau Niua started things off with a kick into the wind where Danny Barrett was nearly able to reel it in for an early attack. The ball would knock on however and Fiji was able to reset. 

Coming down the left flank, the first chance fans had to roar was during a foot race between two of the fastest in the game. Alosio Naduva broke down the right flank for what seemed to be an easy try, until Perry Baker showed exactly why he was awarded Sevens Player of the Year in 2017. Baker was able to track Naduva down around the 5-meter line and carry him into touch, where the US would then win the line out and begin to clear from their own end.

Baker jumped up and begin to engage the home crowd with some serious enthusiasm. 

Despite the energy, the US had trouble gathering their attack in the first half with a lone threat for the line falling short due to a Niua pass forward. Sevuloni Mocenacagi of Fiji would dot down before the half and give his side the 7-0 halftime lead. 

Head Coach Mike Friday at the break, "It doesn't matter who scored first, it was always going to be a tight game. We just need to tighten up in our attacking structure. Stick to the plan and believe."

The second half kicks off, cue Perry Baker. 

From behind the US try line, Baker cut left and right keeping three defenders at bay before finding a small gap in the middle to race clear across the pitch for a try between the poles. If you could explain a player's potential in one play, that would be it.

Off a Fijian yellow card to Naduva, Niua took a big hit on attack but not before he could offload to Matai Leuta for a try and add his own conversion. USA now leads with just over 2 minutes left. 

At the breakdown, Maka Unufe would have to be helped off the field after taking a few minutes to recover on the grass. No info has been release yet on his status for the Cup final. 

With time dwindling, Baker swapped flanks to add another score on the right side and time would expire to usher the US into their first ever Cup final at home. 

The Men's Sevens take on Argentina after the South American powerhouse defeated World Rugby Sevens Series leaders South Africa in thriller. Kick off is set for 4:30PM PT and will be LIVE on ESPN 3.