Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Singapore 7s: Eagles Player Grades

The Eagles 7s let a couple of results get away from them in Singapore and ultimately finished a Bowl runners-up. As you would expect a disappointing finish like that is going to impact their grades.

Nate Ebner (7): After not seeing anytime in Hong Kong Ebner got a run out in Singapore. He struggled to some degree but that's expected given he's only returned to rugby for not very long. He's rugby background definitely helps and he as the feel that with more time under his belt he'll be good. He gets a 7 because expectations were frankly low heading into the match and he exceeded them.

Pat Blair (6): Blair came in as replacement for Ben Pinkelman who had to return to the U.S. for school. As always, Blair came in and gave the team energy. He still needs to find something to make himself "elite" but for a blue collar guy he's great for the team.

Danny Barrett (6): Barrett was his typical hard charging self but what he doesn't get enough credit for is his improved work at the breakdown.

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Garrett Bender (NR): Bender got injured during the tournament and didn't see a lot of time so we're going to give him a pass this week.

Zach Test (5.5): With Pinkelman gone Test returned to the starting role and did well. He's still the player that the Eagles need to perform at a high level if they want to see success.

Peter Tiberio (NR): Tiberio also didn't see enough time to get a grade.

Folau Niua (7): Has there been a better domestic based player in the U.S. than Niua over the last couple of years? Thanks to his outstanding play in 7s it's easy to forget just how important he became to the 15s team as well. He's simply so smart as a rugby player and does a lot of things well. His kicking from hand game was strong in Singapore and in a tournament in which some players didn't excel Niua did well.

Maka Unufe (5): It wasn't the best tournament for Unufe who still looks like he is getting his rhythm back. There were flashes of his typical self but there were also mistake that cost his team points.

Nate Augspurger (6): Like Blair, Augspurger comes in and down a lot of small things that help his team succeed. If he hasn't given up hope we should be in consideration for a 15s role.

Madison Hughes (6.5): We thought that Singapore was a much better tournament from Hughes. He was active both offensively and defensively and he found new ways to insert himself into the match. He also showed good leadership. If there is something that can be improved upon it's kicking, which let him and the team down at times.

Perry Baker (5.5): It had to be a frustrating tournament for Baker. The Eagles couldn't always hold on to the ball long enough to find Baker in space and when he did teams were able to limit what he was able to do. He was still able to score but not at the pace he would like.

Martin Iosefo (5.5): Another decent tournament from Iosefo and more active than in recent tournaments. Teams have figured out what he wants to do to some degree so he's going to see to figure out something different. 


  1. It's interesting that Test led the entire tournament in tries scored, and still received you r lowest grade. Did you watch the tournament?

  2. He didn't receive the lowest rating... Did you read the article?