Saturday, March 12, 2016

Vancouver 7s: Eagles Frustrated By New Zealand

Despite a large amount of possession the Eagles couldn't break down a tough New Zealand defense in a 17-5 loss to cap pool play at the New Zealand 7s. The Eagles will now face Fiji in the Cup quarterfinals tomorrow at 2:08 p.m. et/11:08 a.m. pt.

New Zealand will punish you if you make mistakes that was on show early. On a couple of occasions they forced the U.S. into small errors or were simply better (at least in the eyes of the ref) at the breakdown. It was a turnover caused at the breakdown that put New Zealand on the board first. Winning the ball back the All Blacks simply swung it out to Sione Molia for a 5-0 lead. 

The U.S. maintained the bulk of the possession after the try but still struggled to find a way through. On a couple of occasions it looked like they would make it but instead it was Molia that would add a second. Kurt Baker would add a third for New Zealand after the halftime hooter. 

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The second half was even more possession for the U.S. but credit to the New Zealand defense they didn't break. The Eagles finally got on the board when Perry Baker scored a long try to end the half. It was frustrating but it severed lessons for the team as they head into tomorrow.

Starters: Pinkelman, Barrett, Bender, Niua, Augspurger, Baker, and Iosefo

We spoke with assistant coach Chris Brown after the match. 

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