Saturday, March 11, 2017

Vancouver 7s: Eagles Steamroll Australia To Top Pool

Photo: David Barpal

After rolling through their first two matches at the Vancouver 7s the expectation was that the Eagles would be tested against Australia in the pool finale. If it was a test they passed with flying colors as they won 29-5 and it didn't even feel that close. The Eagles arguably had their best day since they won the London 7s. Their attack was nearly unstoppable and their defense was solid. Overall they scored a whopping 112 points on 18 tries while only giving up 24 points on four tries. That's a point differential of +112. However, it only matters if they can back it up with a solid day two but after day one they look good.

At the start of the match Australia made them work for it as they dug in but having the bulk of the possession pushed the Eagles toward something good. That something good was a phenomenal Perry Baker try that got the crowd on its feet. The first break came from Folau Niua before he passed to Baker who made the sidestep of the Australian defense look easy. 

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The next try came after even more possession and a moment of brilliance from Madison Hughes. Recognizing that no one was back for Australia Hughes put through the grubber on the on rushing Baker. Baker then scooped up the ball and went in to extend the lead to 12-0.

Next it was Danny Barrett's turn. Getting the ball deep in his own end he took advantage of a slip by an Australian player and then fended off another to go 80 meters for the score. The conversion missed but the Eagles held a 17-0 halftime lead. 

The second half started out with a bang. Maka Unufe grabbed the restart and turned past the defense for the easy score. Soon after he simply outran the Australian defense to put the Eagles up 29-0. As the saying goes, 'as Unufe goes, so go the Eagles' and he was on fire. Australia did score a late try but it only mattered to the U.S. defensive pride as the Eagles notched a great win. 

The U.S. will now play Argentina at 2:30 p.m. et/11:30 a.m. pt. 

After the match Madison Hughes was happy with the results. 

1 comment:

  1. I think they played better today than London Day 2 when they won it. Their defense was much better today than then. Their offensive play was more aggressive and smooth. Hope they can keep the pedal down tomorrow too.