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The United States opened the Las Vegas leg of the HSBC Series with an emphatic 52-12 victory over Japan. In a dominant first half, the Eagles used a size and speed advantage to overpower Japan.
Zack Test opened the scoring for the United States with a piece of individual brilliance. The Eagles spun the ball right to Test who took on his opposite number. Test eluded that tackler, spun out of another and blew by a third Japanese tackler for a score in the right corner. Andrew Durutalo nailed the tough conversion to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead.
Within seconds the Eagles went up 14-0. Test batted the restart backwards and the nimble footed Durutalo picked the ball up on one bounce and went straight in for a try under the posts. The Eagles added to the lead when Carlin Isles exploded by his opposite number down the left sideline. Four minutes into the game, the Eagles led 21-0.
Japan hoped to make its way back into the game when Madison Hughes was sent off with a yellow card. However, the Eagles killed much of the clock after earning a penalty and spent much of the two minutes inside Japanese territory. With less than 10 seconds left on the clock in the first half, Hughes returned to the field for an Eagles scrum. The Americans spun the ball wide and Carlin Isles got his second of the half to give the United States a 26-0 lead going into the break.
The United States started the second half in the same fashion. Danny Barrett took the opening kickoff and was tackled just outside the Japan 22 meter line. Off the tackle, Madison Hughes picked and went to the blindside, walking in untouched to take a 33-0 lead.
The Eagles continued the onslaught minutes later with another try. The ball was spun right and an excellent offload in contact from Garrett Bender found Danny Barrett. The Big forward shrugged off a tackler on the wing and dotted down under the posts.
Garrett Bender made it 47-0 in favor of the Eagles after he intercepted a pass and ran under the posts. With two minutes to go, it was all Eagles. However, the United states picked up its second yellow card of the game, and played the final minutes down a man.
Japan finally broke the Eagle line, and despite a great effort at the goal line, Japan dotted down to end the shutout. The Japanese added another late score to make the game 47-12 in favor of the Eagles.
With no time remaining on the clock, Japan won the last restart. However, a penalty to the Eagles resulted in Maka Unufe going nearly the length of the field to put an exclamation point on a solid start to Vegas. The game ended 52-12 to the United States.