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Team USA fell 35-7 to New Zealand in Saturday’s quarterfinals at Hong Kong 7s. The Eagles dug themselves a hole early and never got in gear. Up next is a meeting with the loser of Kenya versus Scotland.
New Zealand opened with possession, and it was a quicker Kiwi freezing the much larger Matai Leuta in open space, leading to the game’s first score. The All Blacks converted, making it 7-0 early.
Joe Ravouvou added a second try when Martin Iosefo was turned into a windmill on the perimeter, forcing others to scramble and over pursue themselves. Maka Unufe whiffed on one tackle, and Ravouvou ran through another, en route to pay dirt.
The Eagles got a bit of possession off the next kickoff, but it didn’t end well. Perry Baker got the ball with little space, and he panicked with an offload back inside directly into the hands of Luke Masirewa, who dotted down for New Zealand. All three first-half scores were converted, giving the All Blacks a 21-0 halftime lead.
New Zealand struck first and third in the second half, securing the win. The Eagles snuck one in, but the damage had already been done.