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With a 28-14 win over Samoa in their final match, USA finish the Dubai leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in ninth place and as Trophy Winners.

The Eagles looked sharp in attack from the start of the match.

An early knock on gave USA a scrum in the first minute. That was won cleanly and Madison Hughes made a 50-meter break. Hughes was tackled high five meters short of the try line, and following the penalty, Andrew Durutalo barged over. Hughes converted to make it 7-0.

Samoa claimed the restart and immediately scored their first try. Lafaele Vaa finished after Siaosi Asofolau broke through the defensive line. The try was converted and the match tied.

Samoa re-gthered their own restart and play was immediately in the USA 22. However, a turnover was quickly turned into a beautiful try. Perry Baker chipped and gathered his kick, on the fly, and scored his fifth try of the tournament.

The USA won the restart, and Martin Iosefo put them in a strong position with a good run. Things soon opened up for Matia Leuta who put another try near the posts.

The halftime score was 21-7 with USA in the lead.

The second half saw both sides tire and several minutes with no scoring. The fresh legs of Don Pati made a difference as he made a good break, and it was Stephen Tomasin who scored the try. However, Baker and Durutalo were also on the scene in support to ensure the try was scored.

Samoa was not able to take advantage of USA mistakes in the second half until the final play. Alefosio Tapili’s try followed an American penalty and was the final action as USA won 28-14.

The Eagles, going 3-0, did everything they could on Day Two. Day One is Dubai was less than USA hoped for with losses to Scotland and South Africa putting the Eagles out of Cup contention.

Day Two, though, started well with a 40-0 win over Russia. That was followed by a 21-19 win over Kenya. Against Kenya, USA started well to establish a 14-0 lead. Kenya kept it close, but never had the lead.

The series moves to Cape Town next weekend.