By Doug Coil
The USA Men’s Eagle Sevens team finished fourth at the HSBC World Sevens Series – Hong Kong Sevens losing 26-19 to Australia. The Eagle Sevens team entered the seventh leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in fifth place in the standings and exited in the same position.
It wasn’t to be for the Eagles Sevens in the Bronze Final, as they lost to Australia for the first time this season 26-19.
The USA kept fifth place in the HSBC World Sevens Series standing, but Australia shrunk the gap from five to three points, as they follow in sixth place. Perry Baker has been on a try scoring tear. He had nine tries in Hong Kong to go along with seven in Canada. Hopefully, that will continue as the Series resumes next Saturday, April 15, at the HSBC Singapore Sevens.
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Australia took a 14-0 lead on two converted tries. Australia took the opening start and Lachie Anderson grounded the ball as Ben Pinkelman made a tackle in-goal. An Anderson offload to Charlie Taylor added a try in the front of the posts.
The USA narrowed the score to 14-7 as Baker took the restart and after a Ben Pinkelman run, Baker offloaded to Mikey Te’o for a try.
In the 8th minute, Matai Leuta had a srtong run and held off defenders before offloading to Ben Pinkelman for a try to narrow the gap to 14-12.
Australia then took advantage of Madison Hughes losing the ball from the restart as he was tackled. Australia then cycled the ball and Tim Anstee added a try to increase their lead to 21-12.
The Eagles struck right back as Perry Baker broke a tackle and added a try, and narrow the lead to 21-19. Australia’s James Stannard then sealed the match with a try and a 26-19 win, after Anthony Welmers was unable to control a loose ball.