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Monday, November 20, 2017

Afternoon Notes: Eagles Call In Fawsitt, MLR Signings

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Eagles Call In Fawsitt

Dylan Fawsitt has been one of the best hookers in America every since arriving from Ireland a few years back. First it was a stop at Life before playing with Old Blue. Now that he's eligible he can also add an Eagles call-up to his resume. Fawsitt is joining the team in Georgia ahead of their match and will provide depth at hooker. It could also mean that either Joe Taufete'e is headed back to Worcester for the week or that there is an injury somewhere. Also joining the team is Samu Manoa who played for Toulon last week. There could also be several other comings and goings.

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Mary Washington, St. Joe's Advance To DI-AA Fall Final

St. Joe's have gone on a surprise run to advance to the DI-AA fall final. They will face Mary Washington in the final. St. Joe's started the weekend with a tight 13-12 win over Tennessee in the quarterfinals. Nicholas Ballas got the scoring started for the Hawks before Noah Niumataiwalu added to that to make it 10-0. Tennessee got back in it with Travis Vickers scoring a try but a penalty from St. Joe's would give them all the margin they needed despite a final try from the Volunteers. Then on Sunday St. Joe's beat a very good Bowling Green team 29-10. On day one Bowling Green edged James Madison 10-7.

Mary Washington had a much easier road to the final. They crushed Rowan 43-12 on day one and then beat Kentucky 38-7. The big win over Kentucky was a little surprising given that the Wildcats had beaten Western Michigan 59-25 just the day before.

The fall final will be held in two weeks at Furman University.

Life Beats Stars In A Pair Of Matches

The Stars select program made the trip to Georgia last weekend to take on the Life men's and women's team in a pair of matches. In the end Life picked up two wins although the Stars made them work for them. In the women's match Kaitlyn Broughton had four tries for Life as they won 40-19. In the men's match it was a much more even affair throughout. The teams traded tries early with Life leading 14-10 after a dozen minutes. They would extend that lead before the Stars put in a comeback to tie the match at 24-24 into the second half. The turning point came when the Stars were shown a yellow card. Life was able to chip in a couple of tries to push the match out of reach. It would end at 50-31 for Life.

Full credit needs to go to the Stars for arranging these matches and making them work. It's a lot easier to travel with 7s teams because you get a lot of games in a short period of time. 15s takes more work for one long match. 

Seattle Saracens Heating Up

After a sluggish start the Seattle Saracens are continuing to creep up the standings with positive results. Their latest result was a 36-20 win over James Bay. Seattle had to make the trip over to Vancouver Island for the match, which is never easy but they were able to find the energy to finish it out. The match was relatively even for most of the match with it within two at 22-20 with just twenty minutes to go. That's when Seattle began to pull away with a couple of late tries. The reserve team lost 32-15.

With the win Seattle are now seventh in the standings and have the hope of moving up even more as the season progresses. Given where they were at the start of the season it's an improvement. Seattle are only two points behind James Bay for sixth place but are also only two points ahead of Meraloma.

U.S. vs. Germany: Eagles Player Grades

Our player grades are in for the Eagles match against Germany.

Mike Te'o, 80 minutes (6): It wasn't the loudest game from Te'o and he didn't have a lot of opportunities to show his skills from the fullback position. A couple of times he had less than stellar kicks but his running was strong.

Blaine Scully, 72 minutes (7): He was once again one of the Eagles best players on the day. It's hard as backs to gain rhythm when you haven't really played together much but he was able to marshall his players well and get them on the same page.

Marcel Brache, 80 minutes (7): We though this was his best game in an Eagles shirt. He was able to make good meters on every carry and his defense was strong. Even though the level of the opponents wasn't as strong as what the Eagles are going to face regularly you like to see players like Brache take full advantage.

Bryce Campbell, 80 minutes (5.5): Another solid game from Campbell. It's maybe not his most spectacular game but he was solid enough.

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Eagles Abroad: Weekend Review

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As we mentioned on Friday it was always going to be a quiet weekend for Americans overseas. Many of the Americans in Europe were with the Eagles as they defeated Germany. That list includes Greg Peterson, Blaine Scully, AJ MacGinty, Joe Taufete'e, Andrew Durutalo, Dino Waldren, and more. That didn't leave many players playing for their clubs. One that did was Samu Manoa who started and played 80 minutes for Toulon. It was thought that he'd be available for the Eagles for both of their matches but he's only going to be available for their match against Georgia this weekend. Another player who had an opportunity to play after not being selected for the Eagles was Chris Baumann but he was an unused substitute for Leicester. Other players to play include Chris Wyles, Ronnie McLean, and Dave Ryan. .
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Opening Kick

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It was a sluggish start but the Eagles were eventually able to turn their match against Germany into a rout.

If you missed the match you can check out our match commentary or the highlights.

Blaine Scully chatted about the win after the match. 

The Eagles 7s went down to Mexico to build homes recently.

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