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The United States continued its winning ways with a 29-10 victory over rival Canada in the quarterfinals at the London 7s. It was a nice bounce back victory after the 40-0 thrashing the Eagles had at the hands of Canada last weekend.
The Eagles got on the board 20 seconds into the match when Madison Hughes fielded his own pooch kick and took it the distance to go up 7-0. The score would remain this way until little over two minutes left in the half.
Canada struck back with a try in the left corner. It looked as though the United States had blown up the ruck, but a clever one handed pass gave numbers wide to the left. The Eagles committed three players to the ruck and after failing to win it, were outflanked to the left. Danny Barrett nearly made a tremendous recovery tackle but the momentum carried the Canada player over the line for the score.
With zeros on the clock the Eagles had a line out and were looking to extend the 7-5 lead. Maka Unufe danced between two Canada defenders before finding Perry Baker in space. The speedster busted through a gap and blew by the Canadian sweeper to give the Eagles a 12-5 lead going into halftime.
The United States got on the board first in the second half off a well-executed scrum play. Maka Unufe took a crash ball untouched through the middle of the Canadian defense for a try under the posts. Garrett Bender, who has stepped up in the absence of Zack Test, slithered through for another try to extent the lead to 24-5.
Harry Jones added a try for Canada with very little time left. With a few seconds on the clock, the United States tapped a penalty. Rather than run out the clock, Folau Niua faked a switch, popped the ball up to himself, through a skip pass, and sent Carlin Isles in for a score to cap off an impressive victory.
In what was a precursor to an Olympic qualification, the United States reestablished momentum against its rival to the North.
The Eagles move on to play the hosts, England in the semi-finals.