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Friday, December 1, 2017

Dubai 7s Men: Eagles Finish Winless In Pool Play


The Eagles disappointing day in Dubai continued with a loss to New Zealand 22-12 in their final pool play match. There were some signs the Eagles were playing better but overall there was still a lot left to be desired by the team.  Up next will be Canada in the Challenge round. Not as if the U.S. needed the extra motivation but the rivalry with Canada should get their blood going.

In their match against New Zealand the All Blacks used great hands to open the scoring. The U.S. simply had to commit a lot of numbers to the breakdown or tackles and it cost them. The conversion missed and New Zealand led 5-0. All of that said some quick passing found Carlin Isles in space. He found the All Blacks defender positioned the wrong way and had an easy way in for the try. The conversion also missed tying it at 5-5.  Unfortunately for the Eagles New Zealand would score right before the halftime hooter to lead 12-5.

A highlight try for the Eagles opened up the second half. Folau Niua put in a beautiful grubber that was perfectly weighted for Iosefo to score under the posts. The conversion would easily go over to tie it at 12-12. Still, New Zealand had more possession and they made it count. Rather than avoid Isles on the outside they went right at him forcing him to miss tackles. That led to the go ahead try with three minutes left and a 17-12 lead. They would add one more to make the final 22-12. 

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