Saturday, February 4, 2017
Sydney 7s: Fiji Too Much For The U.S.
The Eagles fought hard but simply ran out of energy as they fell to Fiji 35-12 in the 5th place match at the Sydney 7s. Despite the disappointing result in the final match the tournament overall was much better for the Eagles. The restart was functioning very well for most of the weekend and the team seemed to regain momentum heading into their home leg in Vegas next month.
Even though the eventual final scoreline wouldn't be close the match was actual close for most the time. That included early on as the Eagles had some good possession only to see them pushed into touch a few meters from the line. Fiji went quick from the line out and even though the U.S. were able to temporarily slow them down Fiji simply found the space for the match's opening try.
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Still, the U.S. responded right away. Playing quickly and making several great passes Steve Tomasin put himself in under the posts. The conversion tied the match at 7-7. But Fiji were too much. A quick counterattack and soon they were up 14-7.
The U.S. responded with a Danny Barrett try in the corner. Another beautiful pass from Folau Niua set that try up and the score was 14-12 at halftime.
The second half was all Fiji. The U.S. had their moments but three brilliant and clinical tries from Fiji pushed the score beyond what they could overcome.