Sunday, April 16, 2017

Singapore 7s: Eagles Thrash Australia, Make Final

After pulling off a big upset over Fiji to make their fourth Cup semi-final the Eagles picked up right where they left off as they steamrolled Australia 40-7. The match was revenge for the loss in the 3rd/4th place match in Hong Kong last weekend.

It all started by winning on the kickoff and restarts. Like they did against Fiji, the Eagles stayed patient early. Despite that early possession Australia did very well to earn the turnover at the breakdown. A few phases later John Porch sent a grubber into the gap in the defense and went over for the try. After a couple of hectic minutes Australia led 7-0.

That would be the highlight of Australia's night. Australia kicked long trying to pin the Eagles back but the U.S. simply stayed patient and found Perry Baker in space for the equalizing try. 7-7.

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Just seconds later the Eagles would get a second try. They claimed the restart and sent it wide to Steve Tomasin. He then dragged the Australian defender over the line for the try. Madison Hughes then hit a beauty of a conversion from the sideline for the score. Barrett then claimed the subsequent restart. After a penalty they kept the ball alive, kept their shape, and made simple passes that put Australia on the back foot. Eventually Martin Iosefo would score the Eagles third try of the half. At the break the Eagles would lead 21-7.

The second half was equally as dominant for Mike Friday's team. Tomasin added to his weekend total with another deceptively fast run. Danny Barrett had sucked in the defense and Tomasin was there with the perfect line to go the rest of the way. It was just another example of Tomasin's weekend. That try was his seventh of the weekend.

Once again the Eagles dominated the passes with a 38-8 margin at one point. They also won their first four restarts. The fourth try for the U.S. came as Danny Barrett barreled over the Australian defense. At this point the Eagles led 33-7 with three minutes left. Baker finished things off with another try.

The win puts the Eagles in only their third Cup final. The last time they made one they beat Australia in London for the title two years ago. 

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