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Team USA pounded Chile 31-0 in its second pool match Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. The Eagles will go to sleep tonight 2-0, awaiting the pool decider against England at 3:24 p.m. Las Vegas time.
Perry Baker skied for the opening kickoff, taking the ball clean out of the air amidst traffic. The Eagles went through some phases in the attacking end, but the possession was halted by a wayward pass out of bounds.
Los Condores attempted to run the ball out of their own end, and one ball carrier bumped off Martin Iosefo in the process. The USA would get the ball back before conceding territory, though, and it was Iosefo who got the next laugh, scoring off a Madison Hughes grubber. The captain’s conversion went wide - 5-0.
Iosefo made it a double not long after the next kickoff. Chile took possession first, but Ben Pinkelman stole the ball in a ruck, Hughes made a break through the middle of the Chilean defense, and dished to Iosefo for the score. This time Hughes converted, making it 12-0 after five minutes.
Barrett scored the third try of the half, and it was perhaps the most impressive. Hughes probed up the right touch line and was tackled. When the USA tried to swing it back the other way, Los Condores were in their passing lanes, so Stephen Tomasin sent a cross kick into the hands of Pinkelman. He took it up and passed to Barrett for the try. Hughes slotted, giving the Eagles a 19-0 lead going into the break.
It took nearly four minutes, but the USA scored first in the second half, too. This time Tomasin did the scoring and Pinkelman again made the assist. Folau Niua converted, pushing the lead to 26-0.
With the bench emptied, Pat Blair slammed over the fifth try of the game. He did so off the back of a couple of hard charges from Matai Leuta and Andrew Durutalo. All three of them came on as reserves.
Chile made a late foray into the attacking end, its first of the game, but a poach by debutant Walt Elder preserved the 31-0 shutout.