Saturday, March 12, 2016

Vancouver 7s: Eagles Pummel France In Opener

Seth Halliman couldn't help but smile after his first ever Series try.

Wanting a bright start to their Vancouver 7s campaign the Eagles played a nearly perfect match beating France 42-14 in their opening match. The Eagles scored early and often as they did well on the basics to starve France of the ball much of the match. They will next play England at 5:34 p.m. et/2:34 p.m. pt.

One of the aspects in which the Eagles have to be pleased with their effort is restarts. Martin Iosefo was  particularly good at the match filling in for Zack Test. But it was their passing that set them apart and it gave the Eagles their first try. Out of a scrum all it took was a simple pass from Hughes and then a nice cutout pass to a streaking Iosefo for the opening try under the posts. Hughes converted at the Eagles led 7-0.

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The tries then continued to pour in throughout the half. Solid work at the breakdown from Ben Pinkelman, who needs to have a big weekend for the Eagles to be successful, gave the U.S. more possession that they turned into points. First it was the U.S. finding Perry Baker when they overloaded one side of the pitch and then it was a brilliant grubber from Folau Niua to found Baker for his second. Just like that the Eagles led 21-0. Another try from Garrett Bender made it 28-0 at halftime.

In the second half the Eagles continued to excel. Once again it was solid offloading from Pinkelman and Baker that put Hughes in for the score and a 35-0 lead. However, as the substitutions came in France was finally able to put phases together. Despite good defense from Baker France scored tries from Julien Candelon and Theo Millet to make it 35-14. 

The Eagles finished off the match on a high note as the Eagles were able to find Seth Halliman who burst through the defense to go 50 meters for his first ever Series try. 

We spoke with Madison Hughes after the match who was justifiably pleased.

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