Sunday, March 13, 2016

Vancouver 7s: Eagles Crush Wales, Plate Final Next

Photo: Summit Lights Photography

Shaking off the frustration of their Cup quarterfinal loss to Fiji the Eagles pummeled Wales 38-12 to advance to the Plate final where they will play Samoa at 7:58 p.m. et/4:58 p.m. pt. Straight from the start the Eagles were aggressive and clinical, outplaying Wales in nearly every aspect of the match.

Even though they ended the match with a dominant win Wales had the first chance of the match and even had a shout for a try in the corner. However, the referee called it back from an infraction and on the ensuing scrum the U.S. went through a couple of phases until Martin Iosefo burst through the defense before finding Danny Barrett who found Perry Baker for the try. Iosefo has been one of the main reasons the U.S. has had a strong tournament. His explosive running has given the U.S. an added element missing with Maka Unufe and Zack Test out.

Soon after their first try the U.S. were on the board again. Good work from Barrett at the breakdown allowed Perry Baker to poach the ball before throwing it out to Folau Niua for the score. With only a couple of minutes played the Eagles were up 12-0.

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The Eagles third try came as Baker was seemingly trapped on the sideline. However, a gap opened up in the defense and he was away to increase the lead to 19-0. The Eagles then went into the half up 26-0 when Niua put in an amazing kick over the top while under pressure that Iosefo picked up for the score.

A try from Madison Hughes extended the Eagles lead in the second half to 31-0 before Wales put up a slight comeback. They scored two tries as a result of more possession to close the gap to 31-12 but a last second try from Nate Augspurger increased the final margin to 38-12.

The Eagles have to be happy with their performance and will now move up to fifth in the Series standings and move alone into fifth place.

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