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After a sloppy start, the United States cruised past Uruguay 45-0 in their first match at the Canada 7s. After winning for the first time on home soil last weekend, the Eagles continued to keep their foot on the gas. Six Eagles found the try zone and Uruguay never entered the USA 22 in the match.
The Eagles won a penalty after kicking off and Folau Niua sent Danny Barrett through a gap in the center. The sweeper tackled the big forward, however, and the Eagles were pinged for a penalty at the breakdown.
Uruguay maintained some possession and earned several penalties. After kicking their way down the field, the South American side over threw the lineout. Matai Leuta pounced on the ball and after a tackle, Folau Niua threw a skip pass out wide to Carlin Isles. The speedster sprinted around the defense for his 100th career try on the HSBC circuit.
The Eagles doubled up off the ensuing kickoff. Perry Baker caught the kick and danced his way down the field inside the 22 before offloading to Ben Pinkelman. One phase later, Niua picked the ball off the ruck and popped it to a wide open Martin Iosefo for a 12-0 lead.
The United States knocked on the resulting kickoff giving Uruguay a scrum. Pinkelman blew up a ruck after the first tackle and Iosefo picked the ball and began to run right. The former Montana star offloaded to Leuta. Leuta had Baker to his outside but dummied the ball and cut inside past a defender for the games third try.
Uruguay salvaged some possession at the end of the half but inexplicably kicked a penalty straight through the end zone. Rather than end the half, the Eagles took possession of the 22-meter drop kick and got the ball wide to Isles. Isles went the length of the field to give the USA a 26-0 halftime lead.
The dominance continued in the second half as the substitutes started rolling in. Malon Al Jiboori got the ball out wide and used a one handed offload to find Baker down the right sideline. With the try, Baker is now tied for 10th place all time in tries scored on the World Series.
Al Jiboori got in on the scoring minutes later after a Uruguay yellow card on a line out. The Lindenwood product shoved a defender aside on the left sideline and barged over the line to extend the lead. Kevon Williams intercepted a pass to cap off an impressive 45-0 start to the Canada 7s.
Canada and Uruguay tied in the other match during pool play. The Eagles will face Canada at 6:36 p.m. ET.