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The America’s Cup division of the LVI is down to two teams, the Midol Froggies and USA Falcons, after the semifinals were contested in Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday. The Froggies bested Germany 21-12 in the first game, and the Falcons downed Daveta 17-10 in the other.
The final will be contested at 3:19 p.m. ET in the stadium, while the international competition breaks between the finish of pool play and the knockout rounds.
In the firs final, the Froggies won a lineout after the opening kickoff was tapped out of bounds, and the speedy wing chip-kicked past his opposite and regathered for a try. The conversion was good, giving the Frenchmen at 7-0 lead.
The Froggies threatened twice more in the half, with a desperate tackle by the Germans ending one foray and some solid breakdown work stopping another. Germany turned the momentum into attack, coupling it with a bevy of Froggies penalties to score right on halftime. The conversion was missed, leaving the Frenchmen up two.
The fortune reversed, as Germany picked up a yellow card for a sketchy tackle early in the second half, and the Froggies scored quickly as a result. The conversion made it a two-score difference. The lead grew again seconds later, as Germany couldn’t establish possession after the restart, and Midol capitalized on the short field – 21-5.
Germany got one back in short order and was given ample opportunity to make it a one-score game, but the Froggies’ defense stiffened, allowing the clock to run down with no change to the bottom line.
In the latter game, Daveta’s opening kickoff sailed directly into touch, giving the Falcons a free kick at midfield. From the set piece play, Peter Tiberio sliced though the Fijian defense before being pulled down five meters short. The ball did get sent wide to Matai Leuta, who bashed over in the corner.
The Falcons returned the favor on their first restart, booting it to touch. The American defense fared better, though, forcing a knock-on and a turnover. The Falcons couldn’t muster much through several phases before giving the ball back, and Daveta broke through an arm tackle midfield to set up the leveling score. Both conversions were missed, leaving the score at 5-5.
Leuta went down with an injury while the Fijians went on attack again, and down a man the Falcons couldn’t hold Daveta out. The try scorer hurdled Leuta, who was writhing on the ground, en route to an unconverted try – 10-5 at halftime.
ConRoy Smith brought it level again with a try in the corner. The Falcons again used a Fijian penalty as the scoring platform. Off the restart, the Americans shifted it wide again to Smith, who jabbed forwarded, pulled back as if to look back inside, and then turned the jets on for a second score. This one Tiberio converted, putting the Falcons up 17-10. That would be good enough for the win.