Saturday, April 16, 2016

Singapore 7s: Eagles Clinical, Beat Russia

The Eagles were disappointed to have been put into the Bowl quarterfinals on day two of the Singapore 7s but they rebounded in strong fashion with a 24-5 win over Russia. The U.S. were clinical in their scoring throughout the match and the out-possessed Russia for nearly the entire 14 minutes. They will now meet Portugal in the Bowl semi-finals at 2:57 a.m. et/11:57 p.m. pt.

Some of the little possession Russia had came early on in the match. However, a great turnover created by Martin Iosefo gave the ball to the Eagles. With that possession all the Eagles needed was to keep the ball and move down the pitch. The Eagles in particular sensed a weakness in Russia by spreading the ball across the pitch looking for a gap. Eventually that gap came and Perry Baker was able to score.

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The U.S. continued to keep possession and nearly had a second try when a Niua grubber nearly found Baker. Unfortunately for Baker he was offside on the play. Still, the Eagles kept coming and just after the halftime hooter Danny Barrett capitalized on more back and forth for the team's second try and a 12-0 lead at halftime.

Russia came out first and caught the U.S. out of position defensively to pull within a try. To turn the tide the U.S. focused on winning restart after restart. Crisp passing from the Eagles then led to a third try and a 17-5 lead. Zack Test then had a final try.

It wasn't perfect but it was a solid outing for the Eagles. There were expected to beat Russia and they did exactly that. They will now move on to play Portugal, a team they have beaten a lot this year. 

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