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Martin Iosefo in his debutant tournament against Kenya. Martin Seras Lima photo

The Eagles finally got a well-deserved win in their final pool game in Dubai, beating Kenya, 26-17. The Eagles jumped out to a commanding advantage and held on for the win. 

The United States opened with three consecutive tries, taking 19-0 lead. Carlin Isles scored the first, burning up the touch line seconds after the opening kickoff. Isles scored the second one, too, but it was more of a team effort.

Several phases from sideline to sideline put the Eagles in the attacking end. Probing runs from Maka Unufe and Martin Iosefo were key in the possession, and Isles benefitted from the overload created, catching an Unufe pass a few strides short of pay dirt.

Zack Test dotted down next. This one came straight off a scrum, as Test simply found a crease and took it. Kenya wouldn’t be shut out in the half, though, stringing together several offloads to score right on halftime, making it 19-5 going into intermission.

The Americans knocked on the door a couple of times early in the half. Test came up just inches short on one possession, but they eventually got in when Unufe took a point-blank crash and dove through the Kenyan defense. Captain Madison Hughes slotted the conversion, pushing the score to 26-5.

Kenya put a dent in the gap with Daniel Sikuta’s second try of the game and the first for Dennis Muhanji, but it wasn’t enough, and the Eagles escaped with a 26-17 win.

The Eagles will now move onto the Bowl Quarterfinals, where they’ll face Japan.

USA 26
Tries: Isles (2), Test, Unufe
Cons: Hughes (3)

Kenya 17
Tries: Muhanji, Sikuta (2)
Cons: Opondo