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Paced by a three-try performance from Carlin Isles, Team USA beat Argentina 36-12 in the Challenge Trophy quarterfinals Sunday in Singapore. Up next for the Eagles is Scotland at 3:44 a.m. ET.
Argentina won the opening kickoff, but Ben Pinkelman stole possession back in a breakdown, and his first pass to Martin Iosefo out of the breakdown was enough for the center to take it all the way. The conversion was good, putting the Eagles up 7-0 after a minute.
They went back on the offensive off the restart, but a poor pass was knocked on by Kevon Williams, turning the ball over. The American defense made them go through several phases to do so, but Argentina maintained possession long enough to create an overload and score the rebuttal. The conversion was missed, so the Eagles led by two with three minutes to play.
Argentina’s next also came off a Williams turnover. This time Pinkelman’s pass was on the money, and Williams simply dropped it. Argentina scooped up the ball and immediately scored. The conversion was good, putting the USA down 12-7.
It wouldn’t last long, as the Eagles won the ball back on the restart and immediately went on the offensive. After a couple of heavy carries, the ball was spun wide to Iosefo in space, and he did the rest, dotting down his second try of the half. The conversion was missed, leaving the score knotted at 12-12 going into halftime.
The forwards would do the heavy work on the first try of the second half, and Williams would finish it off. Danny Barrett passed to Pinkelman on the wing, then cleared off his ruck. When the ball came back, Barrett made a big break on the perimeter with a strong handoff before passing inside to a streaking Pinkelman. He’d carry for a while before finding Williams to cap off the score. The conversion was good – 19-12.
Wing Carlin Isles extended the lead with four minutes to play, catching the ball flat footed, lulling the Argentine defense into relaxing before jetting toward the touch line and up the field across the whitewash.
The door was slammed shut with a try two-and-a-half minutes before the death. The Eagles won a five-meter lineout and spun the ball to Isles, who sped in from short range for his second score of the game. The conversion pushed it to 31-12. Isles added one more as time expired, cashing in on the hat trick.