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The Eagles bowed out of the Dubai 7s with a 24-15 defeat at the hands of France in the Bowl Semifinals Saturday. The USA will slip in the overall standings after finishing 2-3 on the weekend.
France had possession first, but coughed it up near the American 22. Danny Barrett scooped the ball and went the other way, but the Eagles gave it back when Maka Unufe was called for going off his feet at the breakdown. Terry Bourahoua sliced through the defense and into the try zone off the penalty tap.
Bourahoua scored again after another American turnover. This one came after a longer possession. Folau Niua gave Carlin Isles the ball with little room to work, he was choke tackled, and France took it away. Bourahoua screamed onto the ball and into a gap en route to the try.
Despite finding themselves on the wrong side of the whistle repeatedly, like they had all tournament, the Eagles got on the board before the half, stacking phases on top of each other. Andrew Durutalo was the benefactor, scoring easily in the corner.
After struggling to get the ball to Isles with space most of the game, the Eagles finally gave him a clean ball with room to work midway through the second half, and he created a hole, hit it, and scored a with a great individual effort, bringing the Eagles within range at 14-10.
Julien Saubade shut the gate with a rebuttal try, though. Unlike the Americans most of the match, the French didn’t hesitate to move the ball to their speed on the wing, and Saubade beat Barrett to the touch line for the score. Up 19-10 with not enough time left for a comeback, Saubade scored his second.
The final hooter sounded during the restart, and Maka Unufe blazed straight through an apathetic French defense to tease the final score line.
Tries: Durutalo, Isles, Unufe
Tries: Saubade (2), Bourahoua (2)
Cons: Bourahoua (2)