Canada concedes five tries in Eagles' Paris win

PARIS - The Men's Eagles Sevens will play Portugal in the HSBC Paris Sevens Bowl Quarterfinals after a 33-12 defeat of Canada Saturday at Stade Jean-Bouin.

Losses to Argentina and host France to open the penultimate round of the 2015-16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series doomed the U.S. to the lower-tier knockout round, which begins Sunday. The Eagles' match versus the 16th-ranked Portuguese is scheduled to kick off at 4:29 a.m. ET May 15.

The Eagles had scored just two tries heading into their final match of Pool D action, and both were tallied in a loss to France, which won the pool with three victories. Zack Test increased his lead atop the all-time try-scoring chart for the U.S. national team against France, and opened the scoring against Canada at the end of a clinical first attack by the Eagles. Garrett Bender crossed the 22 through two attempted tackles and Madison Hughes ran at his opposite number before offloading to the try-scorer. The captain also converted the two-point attempt from the touch line for a 7-0 lead.

Sean White gave up Canada's possession on the ensuing restart with a penalty in the immediate breakdown, and the Eagles capitalized with ball in hand. Hughes again forced the defenders to commit to his own run, allowing the Eagle to find Maka Unufe on the wing for a 40-meter score and 14-point lead.

White had to make a quick decision on the fly when Admir Cejvanovic's offload around the 22 was closer to his feet than his hands. The Canadian went for the kick, but the ball was struck a bit too hard and rolled past the end line for U.S. possession.

Niua took the tap at the 22 and the Eagles quickly crossed midfield with three passes. Unufe found Bender on the wing for the forward to run into contact and supported the play to receive the offload and score. Hughes' third conversion brought the score to 21-0, but Canada cut into the lead in the dying seconds of the half with Justin Douglas benefitting from Ben Pinkelman tied up in a tackle near the corner.

The Eagles looked to continue running downhill against the Canadians, and extended the 21-5 lead in the eighth minute. Canada lost its own scrum near midfield and the U.S. attack went forward immediately, with Hughes reaching over the try line with a tackler in tow for a 28-5 score line.

The captain's 50th career try was soon followed by Folau Niua's 40th Series try before Canada rounded out the scoring via Mike Fuailefau for the 33-12 final.

Last month, the Eagles missed out on their first Cup Quarterfinals of the season with a winless pool campaign at HSBC Singapore Sevens. They will look to get back to a consecutive Bowl Final, starting with the Quarterfinal matchup with Portugal at 4:29 a.m. ET. The live broadcast of Paris Sevens from Stade Jean-Bouin is available to viewers in the U.S. on World Rugby's website.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Canada
1. Nate Ebner
2. Ben Pinkelman
3. Danny Barrett
4. Garrett Bender
5. Zack Test
6. Thretton Palamo
7. Folau Niua
8. Maka Unufe
9. Nate Augspurger
10. Madison Hughes (C)
11. Perry Baker
12. Martin Iosefo

Canada | v. USA
1. Sean White
2. Admir Cejvanovic
3. Mike Fuailefau
4. John Moonlight
5. Conor Trainor
6. Phil Berna
7. Lucas Hammond
8. Justin Douglas
9. Nathan Hirayama
10. Matt Mullins
11. Luke McCloskey
12. Adam Zaruba

Men's Eagles Sevens | 33
Tries: Test, Unufe (2), Hughes, Niua
Conversions: Hughes (4)

Canada | 12
Tries: Douglas, Fuailefau
Conversions: Hirayama

Men's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Paris Sevens
v. Argentina - L 36-0
v. France - L 24-12
v. Canada - W 33-12
Bowl QF v. Portugal - Sunday, May 15 @ 4:29 a.m. ET