Monday, April 30, 2018

Eagles Finish Ninth In Singapore

It wasn't the tournament they wanted as the Eagles finished in fourth at the Singapore 7s. Overall it was a mixed tournament with a win early in pool play but then two losses sending them to the Challenge Trophy. On day two they went perfect to take some hardware. Overall the Eagles faced some challenges. Folau Niua wasn't in the line-up for the team and they lost Perry Baker to injury. Still, they will have wanted more and will now enter the last two tournaments of the season hungry for better results.

Day One

The Eagles actually got out to a very bright start with a 33-12 win over France. The two teams have clashed a few times this year with each team gaining some results. Martin Iosefo scored the first try off the match thanks to some good work from Ben Pinkelman and Kevon Williams. Soon it was up to 19-0 with Matai Leuta and Baker scoring. France got back in it with a couple of tries but the U.S. extended their advantage when Carlin Isles scored one of his trademark tries. Brett Thompson would finish things off.

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The Eagles weren't nearly as happy in their second match as they fell to England 19-14. England jumped out to a 19-0 lead and were looking strong before the U.S. were finally able to score via Ben Pinkelman. That try seemed to energize the team and when Baker scored the U.S. had life. Unfortunately ill-discipline and a solid England team made the comeback fall short.

Needing a win in their last match the Eagles felt the effects of the hard day in a 33-14 loss to Kenya. Kenya scored twice to go up 12-0 before Williams scored for the Eagles. Three more tries for Kenya put them up 33-7. Brett Thompson has the final try for the Eagles as they missed out on the quarterfinals.

Day Two

Rebounding from day one the Eagles got out to a great start in the Challenge Trophy quarterfinals as they beat Argentina 36-12. The match was tied at 12 at halftime with Iosefo scoring twice. That's when three tries from Carlin Isles took over the match.

The Eagles offense kept chugging in their semi-final match as they beat Scotland 33-12. Just like in their quarterfinal the Eagles picked up two first hand tries, both by Isles. In the second half he would finish off his second consecutive hat-trick as the Eagles ran away. Danny Barrett and Cody Melphy also scored.

Feeling confident from their first two results of the day the U.S. headed into the trophy final against Canada looking for a win. It was a close affair with Mike Fuailefau scoring first for Canada. Williams would score next for the Eagles before Nathan Hirayama gave Canada a lead but the conversion. Isles ended the half with a try for the Eagles. The difference was that the U.S. made both of their conversions while Canada missed one.  In the second half Steve Tomasin and Williams scored as they sealed off the match.

The U.S. are in fifth place in the standings tied with Kenya on 93 points. Argentina are one point back closely followed by England. Australia sit in fourth with 108 points.

1 comment:

  1. I’ve never seen such a dissatisfied trophy picture! Good to know the boys aren’t satisfied.