The Eagles have done what they needed to do to clinch a spot in the quarterfinal after day one at the Las Vegas 7s. With their 31-0 win over Chile they have set themselves up for a top of the pool decider against England tomorrow at 7:24 p.m. et/4:24 p.m. pt. In particular the Eagles have to be proud of their defensive effort through the two matches. They managed to score a total of 59 points while only giving up 5.
Perry Baker won the initial restart and that gave the Eagles the possession they needed. It took a couple of minutes, and even saw Martin Iosefo get knocked out of his shoe in the limited time Chile did have the ball, but eventually it resulted in a try as Iosefo cleaned up a spilled ball.
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Soon the Eagles had another. Strong work at the breakdown from Ben Pinkelman led to Madison Hughes making a long run before feeding to Iosefo for his second. This time the conversion was good and the Eagles led 12-0. The Eagles closed out the half with a Danny Barrett try in the corner to lead 19-0.
In the second half they continued to pour it on with Steve Tomasin and Pat Blair each scoring a try. Defensively the Eagles did extremely well in stopping all Chilean chances. It was something Mike Friday mentioned to us in his post-match comments.