Friday, April 15, 2016

Singapore 7s: Eagles Comebacks Falls Short Against France

The Eagles were unable to dig themselves out a hole in their second match at the Singapore 7s losing to France 19-17. France were able to flip the script on the Eagles from the Canada match with France continuously winning the ball at the restart giving them the possession they would turn into scores. The U.S. will now have to regroup as they play New Zealand at 5:48 a.m. et/2:48 a.m. pt.

France had previously won their match against New Zealand and they proved that they had come out to play against the Eagles as well with tight defense. At the same time, the U.S. defense was also firm to start out the match and neither team was able to get anything going for a few minutes.

That changed a couple of minutes into the match when out of a scrum Madison Hughes recognized the gamp in the defense and sped in for the try. The conversion missed but the Eagles led 5-0.

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That lead didn't last, however. Forcing the U.S. to commit an error on the restart the ball was sent out to Virimi Vakatawa who struck back for France. He would grab a second when the U.S. similarly messed up the restart in the second half and France led 19-5 with four and  half minutes to go.

That's when the U.S. were finally able to keep possession and put points on the board. Off possession the ball was patiently worked until Zack Test found Hughes, who was running a great line, for the score. The U.S. would then win the restart and a few phases later it was Perry Baker out wide. Unfortunately the U.S. could only make one of the conversions and they trailed 19-17 with a minute left.

France were able to hold on to the ball at the restart and after what looked like a couple of offenses on their part were able to do enough to kick the ball out and end the match. It was a tough one to take for the Eagles but they will have to focus if they want to beat New Zealand and make the Cup quarterfinals yet again.

1 comment:

  1. Missed conversions kept us from the Cup round. We have to make our conversions and win the restart.