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The United States beat Japan 21-0 in the pool finale to go 1-2 in pool play at the Gold Coast and win its first match of the 2011/2012 IRB Sevens World Series.
The Eagles used the same starting lineup as the day's first two losses. The first several minutes saw no score from either side, and it wasn't until the sixth minute that Eagle flyhalf Folau Niua touched down to open scoring. Niua converted. 90 seconds later, scrumhalf Shalom Suniula added a try, converted by Niua, to push the Eagles up 14-0 at halftime.
The lone score of the second half came just after Al Caravelli's customary first substitution a couple of minutes into the second stanza. Reserve Colin Hawley recorded the score, converted by Niua, to give the Eagles the final lead of 21-0.
Tai Enosa, Miles Craigwell, Duncan Kelm and Peter Tiberio all came off the bench to end the game.
The Eagles will be open day two against winless Papua New Guinea in the Bowl Quarterfinals.
Tries: Niua, Suniula, Hawley
Convs: Niua 3
Lineup: Hawkins, Test, Bokhoven, Suniula, Niua, Palefau, Edwards
Subs: Hawley, Kelm, Tiberio, Craigwell, Enosa