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Team USA made it two-in-a-row to start the Silicon Valley 7s Saturday in San Jose, Calif. New Zealand took a two-try led early, but four-straight scores saw the Eagles notch the win. With Chile beating Tonga, the USA’s final match of the day against Los Condores at 8 p.m. PT will decide Pool C.
Luke Masirewa beat the inside shoulder of Malon Al-Jiboori to start the scoring and put the All Blacks up 5-0 two minutes into the game. He got his second try seconds later after the USA turned the ball over shortly following the kickoff. This time he stepped Ben Pinkelman and stiff-armed Martin Iosefo to break free. The second try was converted, making it 12-0.
The Eagles caught a couple of successive breaks to make their first mark. The first saw Folau Niua earn some territory with his foot. The second was a high tackle penalty that surprised New Zealand, and Pinkelman snuck into pay dirt with a quick tap. The conversion was missed, and the USA trailed by seven. There was another opportunity past the seventh minute, but Leuta knocked on to end the threat and the half.
The USA struck first in the second stanza through Iosefo. The Eagles went through a few phases inside the attacking 22, and Iosefo was finally able to step three All Blacks and penetrate the line. Niua slotted the conversion, drawing the score level at 12-12 with four minutes left.
The USA took the lead via debutant Joe Schroeder. First, he helped win an New Zealand scrum deep in the Kiwi end, and after Pinkelman charged forward to about five meters out, Schroeder picked up from the base of the ruck and stretched his 6’5” torso across the whitewash for a try. Niua converted, putting the Eagles up 19-12.
Directly off the next kickoff Tomasin slammed home the definitive blow by plowing through a Kiwi defender right at the touch line. The conversion was missed, but the Eagles took home the win.