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Carlin Isles against Australia. Martin Seras Lima photo

A dreadful second half left the United States on the wrong side of a 31-21 loss to Australia in the final game of pool play at the Canada 7s. The Eagles gave up 24 unanswered second half points and as a result finished second in the pool.

The first few minutes of the game were back and forth with neither team really able to build any momentum. Eventually, Carlin Isles found space out wide and danced around the defense for a try under the posts.

Australia responded to even the match a few minutes later. The Wallabies worked their way down the field methodically and Jesse Parahi dragged Matai Leuta into the try zone to even the score.

The Eagles retook the lead off the kickoff. Isles got the ball deep in his own territory and swung it left to right. The ball worked its way to Danny Barrett on the sideline. The forward barged his way through a defender and offloaded to Folau Niua behind the back of a defender. Niua drew the sweeper and sent Baker through for an easy score.

The United States extended its lead thanks to the Barrett Baker combo again. Barrett was down the right sideline after winning the kickoff and popped the ball inside to Baker who scampered by two defenders for the score. The game was 21-7 into the break.

As good as the first half went for the Eagles, the second half was all Australia. Despite getting a yellow card on the opening kickoff, Australia scored two tries while down a man. A knock on from Baker resulted in the first score following the scrum and the ensuing kickoff bounded into an Australian players hands to even the game.

Matters got worse when Baker was dragged into touch and given a yellow card for throwing the ball away. The Wallabies added a score while up a man and later added one at the death after the USA butchered the kickoff. John Porch finished the game for Australia with a hat trick.

The United States will play New Zealand in the cup quarters tomorrow.