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Nate Ebner made his return to competitive rugby overnight at the Hong Kong 10s. He booted up for international touring side Samurai, formerly coached by USA head 7s coach Mike Friday, helping the favorites to a 2-0-1 pool record.
He started against the Hong Kong Football Club in his team’s tournament opener. Samurai saw very little possession in the first half, but Ebner put in several tackles, one of which caused a turnover. In the second half, he gashed the host defense with a long run off a tight inside line, but he was brought down feet short of pay dirt.
In his second game against the Projecx Waterboys, Ebner again started. He put in a tackle and forced a turnover once more. Not long after, a Waterboy was set to catch a pass as he was charging at Ebner and knocked on. The commentator insinuated the would-be ball carrier took a peak at menacing-looking Ebner, causing the knock-on. In this game he also scored, executing a switch in traffic and racing in easily under the posts.
Ebner didn’t start the third game, but he came on in the second half when Samurai trailed by a try. He carried the ball twice in quick succession to set up the tying score, and the game would end in a 12-12 draw.
Samurai will play King’s College at 1:05 a.m. ET Thursday in the Cup Quarterfinals. The games are being streamed live. All of day one’s action is also archived and available for viewing.