Sunday, April 8, 2018

Hong Kong 7s: Eagles Finish In Sixth

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The Eagles had an up and down day at the final day of the Hong Kong 7s. Missing Danny Barrett and Perry Baker for most of the day really seemed to have an impact on their attack leading to a sixth place finish. They will now head into Singapore where they will play Kenya, France, and England. The U.S. remain in sixth place.

New Zealand 35-7 Eagles

After finding their rhythm on day one the Eagles couldn't keep it going in the Cup quarterfinals with a loss to New Zealand. It didn't take the Kiwis long to get on the board as they stayed patient and found a try around the the outside just a minute into the match. The U.S. did have a chance to respond with a decent spell of possession after the try but the U.S. knocked it on after a set play from a lineout. With more possession it was too easy for New Zealand as they slipped out of a couple of tackles to go up 14-0. New Zealand would add one more before halftime to lead 21-0.

The second half wasn't a lot better from the Eagles. New Zealand were able to do a lot defensively to stop whatever the U.S. wanted to do. When they did have the chance the U.S. handling wasn't sharp. Soon New Zealand would add another try before Carlin Isles scored. New Zealand finished it out with one last try.

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Eagles 19-15 Scotland

Credit to the Eagles as they did respond against Scotland despite a couple of injuries.  Unlike against New Zealand the U.S. had the bulk of the possession and eventually were able to wear Scotland down for a Matai Leuta try in the corner. Scotland had a shout for a try soon after but were penalized giving the U.S. another chance to find Carlin Isles which they did as he juked out several players for the score. With a minute and half to go the U.S. were up 12-0.

Both teams continued to fight in the second half with the U.S. mostly having an advantage early. Their final try came with three and a half minutes left as Steve Tomasin picked the ball from the back  of the scrum to score. Scotland did make it close with less than three minutes to go as they scored three quick tries. Had they made all of their conversions it would have been a different story.

Argentina 14-12 Eagles

The win over Scotland meant another match against Argentina. The two teams have had quite a rivalry this year with the U.S. winning the latest match-up in pool play. Unfortunately this one didn't go the way of the Eagles. Despite the U.S. having the ball early Argentina were able to win it back and score lightening quick to go up 7-0. The Eagles were missing both Perry Baker and Danny Barrett for most of day two and it really showed against Argentina as the U.S. didn't have the same potency on attack. Argentina did and when they forced a turnover they quickly flung it across the pitch for their second try and a 14-0 lead.

Carlin Isles did score a try out of nothing to get the U.S. close to end the half at 14-5. The U.S. did have the ball in the second half but the Argentinian defense was up to the task stifling most opportunities. The only person that really could break through the defense was Carlin Isles. Argentina had no answer for his pace and he scored with four and a half minutes left to get the Eagles within two at 14-12. The Eagles did have more chances especially as Argentina had a player in the bin for tackling Martin Iosefo in the air but Argentina's defense was strong and killed the opportunity.


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