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The Americas Cup got under way today at the Las Vegas Invitational with a number of high quality teams participating. With a number of different nations being represented, there was a diversity of talent and style on display.
The USA Falcons, which is comprised of a number of players in the Eagle player pool, had a strong showing, going 3-0 in pool play. The Falcons beat Florida RDA, the French Development side and Tumatauenga. Thretton Palamo dotted down several times on the afternoon and strong defensive play from the likes Matai Leuta and Pat Blair allowed the Falcons to cruise for most of the afternoon. The Northeast ODA and the Chile 7s battled it out, both finishing 2-0-1 in pool play.
The Northeast struggled with continuity on the day but battled to advance to the cup rounds.
“We are happy to be advancing, but we really struggled at times to find consistency. I thought we showed some class to battle Chile, but overall product must be better for us to advance to the semis,” ODA coach Josh Smith indicated.
Both Daveta Fiji and Germany 7s had a strong showing, winning all of their matches by over 20 points. The team with the most interesting name, the Froggies Midol won its group with the only blemish being a draw with Denver.
The cup quarters kick off tomorrow and the matchups are as follows.
Germany vs Black Dragon
Daveta Fiji vs France Development
Falcons vs Northeast ODA
Chile 7s vs Froggies Midol
|USA Falcons||27||Florida RDA||0|
|Northeast ODA||26||Stars Rugby 2||0|
|Chile 7s||34||US Air Force||0|
|Daveta Fiji||54||Peru 7s||0|
|Stars Rugby 1||21||Cayman Islands 2||10|
|Denver 7's All-Stars||42||Bridge City 7's||7|
|USA Falcons||21||France Development||12|
|Northeast ODA||24||US Air Force||14|
|Chile 7s||45||Stars Rugby 2||0|
|Daveta Fiji||40||Cayman Islands 2||7|
|Stars Rugby 1||24||Peru 7s||14|
|Froggies Midol||38||Bridge City 7's||0|
|Denver 7's All-Stars||21||Atlantis||21|
|Florida RDA||0||France Development||43|
|Northeast ODA||12||Chile 7s||12|
|Stars Rugby 2||0||US Air Force||19|
|Daveta Fiji||31||Stars Rugby 1||7|
|Peru 7s||17||Cayman Islands 2||28|
|Froggies Midol||12||Denver 7's All-Stars||12|
|Atlantis||38||Bridge City 7's||12|
|Germany 7's||68||Cayman Islands 1||0|
|Elite Selects||14||Black Dragons||19|
|Germany 7's||53||Black Dragons||5|
|Elite Selects||28||Cayman Islands 1||19|
|Germany 7's||26||Elite Selects||5|
|Cayman Islands 1||7||Black Dragons||17|