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Team USA beat Scotland 19-10 Sunday in the fifth-place playoff, advancing to meet Argentina for two extra Series points. The Eagles wrestled a 19-point lead through the first 10 minutes, and Scotland matched their try total with a late flurry of scores. They did it with Perry Baker and Danny Barrett being held out with injuries.
The Eagles started with possession, methodically working the ball up the field, before Martin Iosefo stepped twice and made a break for it. He was caught a few meters short, and his offload attempt to Stephen Tomasin resulted in a turnover.
Scotland couldn’t hold onto the ball wither, though, and it was Matai Leuta finding space in the corner after Scotland’s defense finally relented. Folau Niua’s conversion attempt was missed, 5-0.
Scotland looked to draw level when George Horne rolled through a tackle inside the attacking five-meter, returned to his feet and dove over the line. However, the referee said he was completely tackled and didn’t release, giving the ball back to the Americans.
Carlin Isles was next to get on the board. He got the ball with plenty of space on the left wing, swerved in and out twice to setup his defenders, and then blew the doors of them for his 109th World Series try. This time Niua nailed the kick – 12-0. Scotland mounted another threatening attack, with Horne having another crack at a try, but he was unable to haul in the low offload which would have put him away, leaving the Scots scoreless going into halftime.
Tomasin scored to open the second half. It took nearly half the seven minutes to make it happen, as Scotland’s defense was sound. However, it also got on the wrong side of the whistle, as some penalties also helped the Eagles move forward. Eventually, Tomasin slammed over a point-blank score. The conversion padded their lead to 19-0.
Team USA reciprocated, as an Isles penalty deep in the attacking end was quick-tapped by Scotland and scored. Scotland would get two more consolation tries, the first also coming off an Isles penalty and the second finally giving Horne his reward, to pad the score line.