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Men's Sevens  @ The National Stadium
Singapore Sevens
  Ben Crouse


SINGAPORE - The Men's Eagles Sevens benefitted from Nate Ebner's first career HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tries Sunday in a 26-0 shutout of Portugal in the HSBC Singapore Sevens Bowl Semifinal.

Head Coach Mike Friday rested several Eagles in the win, which sees the fifth-ranked team on the circuit into the Bowl Final. Scotland beat England in the other Semifinal to set up the Final matchup for a 6:05 a.m. ET kickoff.

The Eagles had stuck to the task in a clinical defeat of Russia in the Quarterfinal earlier in the day at National Stadium, and kept the roll going into the Semifinal. Friday's side began the match without possession, but won a turnover when Perry Baker took a ballcarrier into touch.

Zack Test, who has scored the most tries on the circuit for the Eagles, played a one-two with Ebner along the touch line in the third minute, with the New England Patriot running a hard line against the defensive line grain. The offload was caught in stride and taken to the in-goal area for Ebner's first try and a 7-0 lead.

The U.S. struggled to turn ball-in-hand time into points for the remainder of the half, however, losing possession to knocks and a missed kick to touch from a penalty against Portugal. The tall Aderito Esteves was held by the legs as the half-time horn blew, and sent an overhead pass into the air. Baker intercepted the pass, but Ebner was unable to handle the offload to bring about the end of the first frame.

Despite attacking from the restart, the Eagles conceded a penalty at their own 10 in the eighth minute. Baker went down to the field in the next phase and Portugal attempted to take advantage of the field space with a chip, but Test was able to gather the ball cleanly. The Eagles drew a penalty seconds later and set up a lineout at midfield, from which Pat Blair used a hard run to feed Maka Unufe in stride for the match's second try. Peter Tiberio converted the score for a 14-0 lead.

Portugal took control of the ensuing restart in the 11th minute, but gave up possession when teammates collided at midfield. Martin Iosefo picked up the loose ball and galloped through defenders before offloading one-handed to Blair, who found Ebner in support for the 19-0 advantage.

Iosefo made another run towards the posts from the 13th-minute restart, and Test finished off the attack from the wing to bring the final score to 26-0.

The Eagles have not played Scotland since the 2014-15 season in Wellington, a 19-15 victory for the Scots. Eight points in the Series standings are available to the winner of the Bowl Final, which kicks off at 6:05 a.m. ET, with the live stream courtesy of World Rugby.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Portugal

1. Nate Ebner

2. Pat Blair

3. Danny Barrett

4. Garrett Bender

5. Zack Test

6. Peter Tiberio

7. Folau Niua

8. Maka Unufe

9. Nate Augspurger

10. Madison Hughes (C)

11. Perry Baker

12. Martin Iosefo

Portugal | v. USA

1. Aderito Esteves

2. Vasco Ribeiro

3. Jose Cabral

4. Pedro Leal

5. Antonio Vidinha

6. Vasco Poppe

7. Pedro Silverio

8. Vasco Mendes

9. Joao Belo

10. Tiago Fernandes

11. Tomas Appleton

12. Antonio Monteiro

Men's Eagles Sevens | 26

Tries: Ebner (2), Unufe, Test

Conversions: Augspurger (2), Tiberio

Portugal | 5

Tries: N/A

Conversions: N/A

Men's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Singapore Sevens

v. Canada - W 36-14

v. France - L 19-17

v. New Zealand - L 19-12

Bowl QF v. Russia - W 24-5

Bowl SF v. Portugal - W 26-0

Bowl Final v. Scotland - Sunday, April 17 @ 6:05 a.m. ET