The United States scored a third quality win in Port Elizabeth Sunday, knocking off Scotland, 26-19, to advance to the Plate Final. It was the USA’s third win, on the weekend, over a team that finished higher in the standings last season.
Scotland had all the offense for the first five minutes of the semifinal. The American defense was strong, holding the Scots out for the first four minutes, but... Read More
The Eagles proved a pesky out for defending World Series champion New Zealand in the Cup Quarterfinals Sunday. The All Blacks won, 28-7, but had to work very hard for their first score and led by just one score at halftime. It was reminiscent of the Eagles' competitive performance against South Africa in pool play Saturday – very good first half, but the cream rose to the top in the second. ... Read More
Everything went the USA’s way in the final pool match of the day, as the Eagles beat Kenya, 33-5. There was little to criticize, and a lot to praise. In their final two pool matches, the USA outscored Wales and Kenya, collectively, 71-17
It was a methodic start for the Eagles. Kenya knocked on the opening kickoff, so the Eagles took possession right away. The ball was swung to one sideline, Zack... Read More
The United States got its best win of the season in its second pool match of Port Elizabeth, downing Wales, 38-12. The game was much closer than that until the final couple of minutes, but Eagles did what they needed to do to shut the gate.
Wales opened up with the first score, patiently going through a few phases before crashing over from short distance on the wing. The conversion was missed.... Read More
The opening match of Port Elizabeth was a nightmare for the Eagles in more ways than one – they didn’t muster a single score in the 26-0 loss, and Perry Baker was the victim of a pitch invader. Near the end of the first half, a fan ran onto the field and tackled Baker, who got to his feet and kicked the intruder.
At that point, the Eagles were down just 5-0, as they competed well in the first... Read More
Carlin Isles and Perry Baker have become the faces of the United States 7s team. That thought might churn the insides of some in the American rugby community, that two seemingly fly-by-night guys have been fast tracked through the ranks, surpassing so many players from the age-grade system and the typical breeding grounds of club and college rugby. But, when you watch the Eagles play in the... Read More
The Men’s National 7s Team made the two time-zone, 14-hour trek from Dubai to Port Elizabeth Monday. On tap Wednesday are two training sessions, while Tuesday was used largely for review of the Eagles’ 2-3 performance in Dubai, which saw them slip from 9th to 11th in the standings.
Day One in the United Arab Emirates was competitive. The Eagles were close to knocking off England in the tournament... Read More
The Eagles bowed out of the Dubai 7s with a 24-15 defeat at the hands of France in the Bowl Semifinals Saturday. The USA will slip in the overall standings after finishing 2-3 on the weekend.
France had possession first, but coughed it up near the American 22. Danny Barrett scooped the ball and went the other way, but the Eagles gave it back when Maka Unufe was called for going off his feet at... Read More
The United States overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to avoid an upset in the Bowl Quarterfinals Friday in Dubai, beating Japan 14-12. Zack Test was suited up, but on the bench with a heavily taped ankle, and the Eagles lacked structure without their most senior play maker.
The first several minutes of the game saw neither team hold onto the ball long enough to do anything with it. Five minutes... Read More