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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Hong Kong 7s: Eagles Power Past Wales


Shaking off their frustrations experienced early in their Cup quarterfinal loss to South Africa the Eagles outplayed and outworked Wales on their way to a 27-0 win in the Plate semi-finals. They will now play in the Plate final at 6:30 a.m. et/3:30 a.m. pt.

One of the main frustrations in the match against South Africa was the lack of possession, especially in good attacking parts of the field and not deep in their own end. That was quickly changed against Wales as Perry Baker and a number of other players made sure that the U.S. won the first three restarts and a majority of them through the match.

It was off a restart that the Eagles gained their first try. Baker went up and claimed the ball in the air. Th ball was then worked through several phases before switch back across the pitch to where Baker had an easy gap for the try.

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Even though the U.S. won the next few restarts it did take them a couple of more minutes before they could pick up their next try. That eventually came from Ben Pinkelman as the Eagles once again went through multiple phases before finding the gap. With the missed conversion the Eagles led 10-0.

It could have been more had the U.S. been able to convert a couple more chances. Martin Iosefo looked to have had a third for the Eagles but the final pass from Baker was judged to have gone forward. Then Baker was into the try zone but didn't have two hands on the ball allowing the Welsh defender to knock out what was a for-sure try.

In the end it didn't matter as the Eagles simply had too much possession for Wales to do anything position. It was all in favor of the Eagles and soon Pinkelman had his second for a 15-0 lead. Baker would add two more as the match finished up 27-0.

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