You are here
With newfound purpose and determination, USA shutout Brazil, 26-0, to pull to 1-1 in Pool A on Tuesday in Rio. Nate Ebner and Ben Pinkleman took over the match with great performances, and Carlin Isles scored a try on his first touch of the tournament.
USA kicked off to Brazil, and the hosts worked the middle of field retaining the majority of the early possession. After a USA penalty, the Eagles stole a lineout. Perry Baker sprinted to midfield where the ball was spun out wide to Pinkleman. The Denver Barbarian offloaded to Folau Niua, who raced in for a try in support. Hughes connected on the conversion for the 14-0 lead.
After the kickoff, Brazil was yellow carded for knocking the ball away to have the USA in prime scoring position. At the 22, the ball was sent out wide to Pinkleman then back inside to Ebner who broke a tackle for the try. At the half, the Eagles led 14-0.
USA began the second half with a great start when Pinkleman broke a strong run, stiff-arming one defender before offloading to Ebner. The New England Patriot dished to Chris Wyles, but his pass was knocked on inside the five.
After a series of back-and-forth penalties, Brazil finally got momentum and looked to score its first time. However, the referee called back the play, and Ebner was sent off for a late hit with less than three minutes remaining.
Brazil sent the ball out wide, but knocked it on in the tackle. After the scrum, Maka Unufe broke the line for almost 50 meters before being brought down, where play was stopped for a Brazil yellow card. After the scrum, on his first touch, Carlin Isles raced around the corner to beat Felipe Claro for the try.
All that was left was the kickoff as time almost reached zero. Brazil attempted to move the ball forward to avoid the shut out, but USA regained possession and Unufe stepped through two defenders in the middle of the field for a try. The extra points may prove extremely valuable as all points are sacred in this tight pool play.
The group stages conclude tomorrow, and the USA has an all-important match with Fiji at 12:30 p.m. ET on USA Network, while Brazil faces South American rival Argentina.