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The Eagles lost to France 24-12 and beat Canada 33-12 at Stade Jean Bouin before a crowd of more than 16,000 people. They will play in the Bowl/’Shield portion of the HSBC World Rugby Paris 7s tournament tomorrow at 10:30 Paris time,
In the French game, the USA again looked sluggish. Perry Baker sped around a slower opponent for a score, and the Eagles led 7-0 after Hughes’s easy conversion. This was the highlight of the match as the team reverted to the same mistakes as the previous day’s loss to Argentina. Les Bleus captured the ball after the start, and, two passes later scored their first try. Game tied at 7-7.
France retrieved the ball after the USA knocked it back on the ensuing kickoff. The French spun it quickly to the wing for a 12-7 lead. A second tipped ball not caught on the next kick off, a run through bad defense gave the host nation a 19-7 lead at the break,
The second half started with a fourth French try off a lineout mistake and, at 24-7, the game was out of reach for the Eagles.
Zach Test scored in the corner for the USA’s last score. Perry Baker made a try saving push to prevent France from achieving a try at the final rooster crow sound ended the match.
Against Canada, dressed in white, the Eagles seemed a different team reminiscent of past victories. Test scored, Hughes converted for a 7-0 lead. Soon, it became 14-0 as the USA was able to move the ball lively, often from Hughes’ successful jinks into open spaces. Another try put the Eagles up 21-0. The Canadians scored before the half, and trailed 21-5.
Hughes split two defenders to increase the lead to 28-5. The Eagles would mount a final attack for their fifth try and fourth conversion. The Canadians scored one more time, and the game finished at 33-12.
The Eagles need to win the Bowl to achieve some meaningful points, as Argentina moves into the Cup round with hopes of passing the USA into fifth place in 2015/2016 circuit.