Saturday, March 5, 2016

Falcons, Froggies Into Men's Elite Final

The Falcons have booked their place in the Men's Elite cup final with a 17-10 win over a tough Daveta side. Even before the match began the U.S. set the tone. Rushing out on to the pitch Peter Tiberio stole the ball at midfield preventing Daveta from doing their typical pre-game ritual of huddling around the ball.

That attitude continued early in the match. A break from Tiberio, who was not only outstanding in the match but all weekend, put the Falcons meters from the line. A penalty on Daveta, another thing that would repeat throughout the match, allowed the U.S. to run a set play that found Matai Leuta on the wing for the score in the corner. 5-0 to the Falcons.

One of the reasons the U.S. were able to take an early lead is that they starved Daveta of possession. However, when Daveta had the ball they were dangerous with the ball in hand. That quickly led to two tries, including one when the U.S. were down a man with Leuta injured, to lead 10-5 at halftime.

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In the second half the U.S. were able to find width and make Daveta pay. Once again off a set piece the U.S. found ConRoy Smith for a try in the corner. A few mintues later Smith was able to freeze the defense and race in for what would be the winning try.

In the first semi-final the Froggies got on the board less than a minute into the match to take a 7-0 lead. Germany came right back with several long minutes of possession but they couldn't turn it into points. The Froggies regained possession and nearly scored themselves but they too came up empty. The back and forth was finally broken when Germany scored just after the halftime hooter to make it 7-5 at halftime.

A yellow card to Germany less than a minute into the first half gave the Froggies a man advantage that they would use to score their second try. They would then add a third a minute or so late to take a 21-5 lead. A try from Germany with three minutes left would give them hope but despite more minutes of possession time ran out giving the Froggies the 21-12 win.

The final will be at 6:19 p.m. et/3:19 p.m. pt.

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