Saturday, December 2, 2017

Dubai 7s: Eagles Lose To Wales, Finish Winless

That Eagles aren't going to soon forge their 2017 Dubai 7s. After going winless on day one and then losing to Canada in extra time the U.S. have been bounced from the tournament with a loss to Wales 31-21. It's been a very, very long time since the U.S. finished this low at any tournament and it is going to put a major dent of their hopes of finishing in the top four. Last year disappointing tournaments in Dubai and Wellington proved to be the difference between fifth and fourth place and it is looking like this year could be a repeat. 

Wales jumped out to a 19-0 with three first half tries. It was all about possession as Wales were simply able to do more with the ball than the Eagles who looked sluggish and out of sorts again. The lead ballooned to 24-0 with a try in the second half for Wales. The U.S. were able to put in a comeback through Maka Unufe, who was arguably the Eagles best player on the weekend, and Carlin Isles. However, that only cut it to 24-14 and with each team trading tries the rest of the way--Joe Schroeder scored a very late try for the Eagles--and Wale were well on their way to a win. 

Next up the Eagles will have to focus on doing well in Cape Town. 

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