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They’ve done it. For the first time in history, the Eagles have won the USA Sevens. The watershed victory, finalized by a 28-0 win over Argentina in the final, comes after three-straight semifinal losses on home soil. It’s just the second time ever the Eagles have won a World Series tournament, and it will see them surpass Argentina in the standings into sixth place.
The first mistake of the match was made by the United States, with Matai Leuta knocking on an out pass after Danny Barrett smashed an Argentine tackler. The visitors won their scrum, but Ben Pinkelman earned a penalty in the next breakdown, resulting in an attacking lineout for the USA about 30 meters from the try line.
The first score was made by Perry Baker on that possession. Barrett smashed it up, offloading to Pinkelman. A phase later, Leuta sailed a long cutout pass to Baker, who caught it under pressure, made his opposite miss and raced in for the first score. Niua slotted the extra two points.
The Americans turned Argentina over on their second real possession in the attacking end, but advantage was being held for a dangerous tip tackle by Leuta, giving the Argentine’s an attacking platform. But a poaching attempt from Nia resulted in a penalty against Argentina, ending the threat.
The Americans didn’t squander the opportunity, as it led to another highlight for Baker. He got the ball on the wing with very little space, pirouetting through multiple tackles before darting up the touchline and feeding Barrett to his inside for the second try of the match. Niua converted again, putting the Eagles 14 points clear at halftime.
Barrett scored the first try on the other side of the break, too. Argentina kicked deep, and Kevon Williams scooped up the ball and put the Americans on the front foot. The ball was shipped wide to the other touch line, and Barrett scooted past Gaston Revol over 50 meters for the score. Niua converted again – 21-0 with six minutes to play.
With the result in hand, Baker tried to connect with Carlin Isles on the left wing, leading to a knock at the Argentine 10-meter line. The Americans soon forced a turnover and got the ball to Isles on the right wing for a try with 23 seconds left. And with Niua’s fourth conversion of the match, it was done the USA now joins Argentina and Scotland as two-time cup victors.