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The United States dropped its final game of the Cape Town 7s 26-12 to Fiji and finished in sixth place on the weekend. Too many unforced errors and the loss of Carlin Isles to injury earlier in the day hurt the Eagles in a tough game against the reigning Olympic champions.
After a great take on the opening kickoff from Martin Iosefo, nothing went right for the Eagles in the first half. Kevon Williams knocked the ball on from an attempted offload and the Eagles spent most of the half defending.
Folau Niua made a great try saving tackle dragging his opponent into touch but the ensuing lineout was overthrown. Fiji scooped up the ball and Jerry Tuwai found a gap to give the Island nation a 7-0 lead.
Errors plagued the Eagles the rest of the half and Fiji capitalized one more time before the break. Josua Vakurunabili found space out wide to take a 14-0 lead at halftime.
Maka Unufe came on in the second half and gave the United States some life after a line out in their own 22. Niua threw a crash ball to Unufe who split the gap. The substitute used a one handed offload to find a sprinting Stephen Tomasin. Tomasin outran two Fiji defenders to score next to the posts.
The Eagles had possession while it was a one score game but Danny Barrett had the ball punched out of his hands. During broken play, Tuwai kicked the ball forward and with nobody home for the Eagles, easily dotted down under the posts.
Fiji added one more score late and the Eagles got a consolation try to end the match at 26-12. Ben Pinkelman ran over a Fiji defender and a few phases later Unufe scored to end the match.
With the loss the Eagles finish sixth at Cape Town and pick up 12 points in the series standings.