Eagles Fall to Scotland in Shield Semi
USA v. Wales - Bowl Quarterfinal (7:22 p.m. ET)
A greasy ball was the bane of both Wales and the USA in the bowl quarterfinal and like the throngs of supporters and fans that enjoyed the party atmosphere on day one, both teams were slow to start on day two. A scoreless first-half kept the door open for the Eagles, but two second half tries shut it quickly and Wales ran out 10-0 victors.
Neither team executed up to their respective high standards, with much frustration coming from the slick conditions.
The slippery ball plagued all areas of the game, lineouts, scrums, and restarts suffered especially.
A few players stood out for the Eagles in the loss. Roland Suniula seems to be back to his solid form, Maka Unufe looked dangerous, Mike Palefau was the anchor that helped keep everything together, and Miles Craigwell looked sharp on both sides of the ball when he came on in the second half.
Tries: Pewtner, Phillips
USA v. Scotland (10:10 p.m. ET)
The USA dropped the shield semifinal 12-14 to emerging rivals Scotland in Wellington, leaving the Eagles winless in New Zealand and eyeing Las Vegas next week for redemption.
The Scotland game was the strongest showing by the USA in the 2012 Hertz Sevens. Captain Shalom Suniula worked well in combination with his older brother Roland at scrumhalf and flyhalf, respectively. The pair made it an all-Suniula scoresheet, Roland with two tries and Shalom with the conversion.
Defensively the Eagles had a number of miscues that Scotland took advantage of, particularly in midfield. Once the USA were caught without a sweeper and the Scots employed the boot to cash in for five points.
Tries: R. Suniula (2)
Cons: S. Suniula
Tries: McGuigan, Fleming
Cons: Gregor (2)