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Friday, December 2, 2016

Dubai 7s: U.S. Find Groove, Beat Uganda


Through one half the Eagles did not look like a team ready to get over their struggles. However, a second half surge finally saw the Eagles play with some swagger as they beat Uganda 29-7. They are now 1-1 through two matches and will need to upset South Africa in their final match of the day if they have any hope of making the final eight.

Early on it was Uganda that was the side playing with confidence and getting the breaks. Full credit to the Ugandans, they weren't are polished as a regular Series side but they played some great, exciting rugby. That was fully evident on their only try of the match. After some scramble at the breakdown they finally found a gap on the wing. The U.S. defense closed in but a chip over the top was well taken to give Uganda a 7-0 lead.

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Still, a U.S. try was always coming and once the U.S. finally cleaned up a lot of their sloppy passing they found Martin Iosefo for his first try of the match. The conversion was off and the Eagles headed into the half at 7-5.

The second half was all Eagles as they finally were able to turn it on. It began with more aggressive play from Andrew Durutalo and Iosefo. Don Pati, who started the match, also had a big influence. Iosefo made the first break and then a series of passes found Durutalo for the try. That was soon followed up with an effort from Steve Tomasin. That spilled on to another Iosefo try (facilitated by a fantastic pass from Kevon Williams). Tomasin finished off the match with another try.

The U.S. will now have a long layoff before they play South Africa at 10:06 a.m. et/7:06 a.m. pt. 

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