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Friday, February 3, 2017

Sydney 7s: Eagles Find Another Gear, Beat Canada


It was their best match in a long, long time as the Eagles 7 found another gear to beat Canada 31-19. They now move to 2-0 on the day with a very winnable match against Russia to come. The Eagles beat Canada after being tied 14-14 at the half by dominating the restarts and using Danny Barrett to great impact. It was everything the team was capable of and showed that they should be one of the teams to beat this week.

The match didn't start out in great fashion for the Eagles as poor passing coughed the ball up allowing Justin Douglas to run in untouched for the score. The conversion easily sailed through and Canada held a 7-0 lead. However, that lead would short lived as with possession the Eagles found Danny Barrett who put in a massive fend off to equalize the score.

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Restarts were huge for the Eagles and it nearly lead to another quick try but a forward pass killed the effort. Still, the U.S. had a big advantage in possession as evidenced by a 19-0 passing margin at one point. With all of that possession it was just a matter of time before the Eagles scored and soon Martin Iosefo was in after a great offload from Carlin Isles.

There was time for one last play in the half and after gaining possession it looked like the Eagles were going to make Canada pay. Instead, a mistake from Carlin Isles as he tried to throw the ball out of a tackle but didn't have anyone home and Canada was able to scoop it up for the try. At halftime it was tied at 14-14.

The second half was all Eagles. A beautiful offload from Barrett found Andrew Durutalo streaking down the touchline all the way for the try. Another won restart from the Eagles then lead to Madison Hughes scoring in the corner. That put the Eagles well in front at 24-14. Much of the action for the Eagles was centered around Danny Barrett who consistently drew in several defenders and freed up space for his teammates.

Don Pati added a final try for the U.S. on a great individual effort before Canada scored a final try of their own to finish things up at 31-19.

The U.S. will now play Russia at 2:33 a.m. et/11:23 p.m. pt.


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