Sunday, March 4, 2018

History! Eagles Beat Argentina For Vegas Title

Photo: Connie Hatfield
This weekend may easily go down as the greatest weekend in American rugby history. Following the Eagles 15s claiming back to back victories in the Americas Rugby Championship the Eagles 7s have made history by defeating Argentina 28-0 to win the Vegas 7s. After making the semi-finals the last few years in Vegas the U.S. weren't to be denied this year as they stormed through the weekend, straight from the start against Samoa all the way through the final. It was a complete and commanding performance that will long be remembered.

The U.S. earned standout performances from a number of players including Ben Pinkelman, Danny Barrett, Kevon Williams, Perry Baker, Maka Unufe, and Martin Iosefo. Maybe the most important of all this week was Folau Niua who ran a nearly perfect show in both offense and defense. If he does not make the Dream Team after this week's showing it will be a crime.

In the end the match against Argentina wasn't particularly close. Like they had done all weekend it was all about possession for the Americans. They simply starved their opponents, in this case Argentina, of the ball. The U.S. dominated the ball from the start and had their chances but couldn't convert. Still, they kept going and after staying patient they were able to find Baker for the first try.

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The match was still close and Argentina did have some time with the ball but credit to the U.S. defense they came up big time after time. Argentina were continually frustrated and were forced into error after error.

Finishing out the half strong Danny Barrett would get the second try of the match. Again Baker was at the center of the action as he drew in multiple defenders that opened up space for Barrett to slip through.

In the second half the U.S. got off the best start possible as Barrett ran 75 meters for the try. Pinkelman forced the turnover and from there it made its way into the hands of Iosefo who through the one handed offload to Barrett. The Cal product then caught it one handed and ran for the try.

The U.S. was able to successfully take time off the clock and with about a minute to go the celebration was on. Carlin Isles scored a final try for the Eagles to make the final 28-0.

With the win the U.S. picked up a lot of points in the World Series standings and are within touching distance of the top teams. The team needed some momentum from Vegas after lukewarm results to start the season and now they have it heading into Vancouver where they will have a chance to complete a historic double.

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1 comment:

  1. Historic! What a great win. Any news on Unufe? Or Tomasin for that matter?