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After a disappointing 40-0 loss to rivals Canada, the United States bounced back to defeat Japan 38-7 in its second game of pool play at the Glasgow 7s.
The match started poorly for the Eagles as Madison Hughes fielded the deep kickoff but was stripped at the opening ruck. The United States withstood the early surge and got a penalty at the breakdown to clear its line.
The Eagles, however, knocked on their first attacking sequence giving the ball back to Japan. A great cover tackle from Andrew Durutalo led to a knock on, however, and Danny Barrett scooped up the loose ball, fended off a defender, and with one hand found Madison Hughes. The captain sprinted 60 meters for an untouched score under the posts.
Barrett caught the restart amidst several Japanese defenders, and after several great lines of support running Hughes broke through again. If not for a shoestring tackle, Hughes would have doubled his total. The tackle left Hughes isolated and the Eagles squandered points with a turnover. Nevertheless, the Eagles earned penalty for not releasing inside the opponent 22 and Durutalo took aquick tap and barged over for a 12-0 lead.
USA won the ensuing kickoff again but Perry Baker was ran out of bounds down the right sideline. The Eagles regained possession through another failure to release and swung the ball left. Nothing was on and the Eagles sent the pill back right to Barrett. The forward attacked a defender down the sideline and performed a well-executed switch with Zach Test. Test sprinted through a hole in the Japanese defense to increase the lead to 19-0 right before halftime.
Test got his second of the day on a well-worked team try. After Barrett intercepted a Japanese lineout, hr sent Test through down the sideline but America’s all time leading try scorer could not reach the corner. While being tackled he found Durutalo streaking through. The Big forward was tackled a few meters out but he found an oncoming Hughes. Despite being in the try zone, Hughes flicked it back inside to Test who was able to score under the posts.
Japan answered back through a nicely executed team try to cut the lead to 26-7. However, the Eagles responded with a score seconds after the ensuing kickoff. Perry Baker busted through the middle of the Japanese defense and while heading to the ground one handed a pass backwards to Maka Unufe. Unufe slipped through for a 50 meter try under the posts.
The Eagles capped off the game with a try from substitute Matai Leuta. Garrett Bender took the ball into contact and offloaded to Leuta, who used a spin move to elude a Japanese defender to finish the game at 38-7.
The United States dominated the breakdown and used pinpoint accuracy to exploit Japan’s defense. It was a much-improved performance after the dismal loss to Canada. The United States is still in control of its own fate and will advance to the Cup Rounds with a win over Argentina.
The game kicks off at 1147 AM ET.