Scotland takes London Cup Final spot over Eagles

LONDON - The Men's Eagles Sevens slipped off of the HSBC London Sevens Cup Final path in a 24-17 loss to Scotland in the Cup Semifinal Sunday.

Zack Test left the match at Twickenham Stadium with an injury right at the halftime break as the U.S. held onto a three-point lead, and the victors surpassed Mike Friday's team with two tries in the final two minutes of the match. Back-to-back HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Champion Fiji awaits the Eagles in the third-place match, scheduled for 12:02 p.m. ET.

Scotland controlled possession from Folau Niua's opening restart and reached the Eagles' 22 before resetting the attack from a Perry Baker infraction. James Johnstone was in the right place at the right time to receive an offload in space on the wing, and darted for the try line before Martin Iosefo's trailing run and lunge forced the ball out of the Scot's hands.

The U.S. looked to get the ball on the other side of the pitch from the five-meter scrum, but Niua's kick on the try line was blocked by Scott Wight. The ball wobbled over to Damien Hoyland between two Eagles for the opening try and 7-0 advantage.

Ben Pinkelman put the Eagles in scoring territory with a run through a gap in his own half, using Baker on the wing to distract the outside defender. He reached the Scotland 22, and Barrett received a pass from Niua with pace to get through the defensive line. He shouldered the final defender to the ground 10 meters in front of the in-goal area and dotted down for a 7-5 score line.

The Eagles quickly took the lead when Iosefo ran onto Niua's restart kick and sent an offload in contact out to Test for the try in the corner. Despite a late onslaught by Scotland's Jamie Farndale and Hoyland, Friday's squad took the 10-7 lead into the break.

Test did not partake in the half-time huddle as he was being attended to by medical professionals, and was taken off of the field of play before the second half could resume. The Eagles did not let their all-time leading try-scorer's absence have an effect on their goal of reaching the Final, and Thretton Palamo saw to it the lead would increase with a try in the eighth minute. He dummied a pass to take the gap and fended a defender for a score under the posts and 17-7 advantage.

Palamo's penalty on the ensuing restart gifted Scotland time with ball in hand, however, and the team that has won the two most recent Bowl Finals capitalized on the opportunity with a try from Glenn Bryce, bringing the score to 17-14.

Unufe could not keep Scotland from the next restart, and a kick turned the Eagles' backs on defense. Iosefo and Unufe made chase, and were forced to down the ball in their own try zone for a Scotland put-in from five meters. Though they withstood pressure with clinical tackles, Dougie Fife was able to sidestep his way past the Eagles for a 19-17 Scotland lead.

The Eagles had the last say with a restart win, but Barrett was forced to chase after the ball after dropping it. His behind-the-back pass from the touch line was intercepted by Scott Riddell, who was tackled by Hughes but found a way to offload to Fife for the final try and 24-17 final.

Fiji clinched its second-ever Series title by reaching Sunday's Cup Quarterfinals, but also missed out on the Cup Final in a Semifinal defeat to second-place South Africa. The U.S. has not beaten Fiji this season, but will get the opportunity to change that fact in the 12:02 p.m. ET third-place match. London Sevens can be viewed live on World Rugby's website.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Scotland
1. Ben Leatigaga
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

Scotland | v. USA
1. Scott Riddell
2. Dougie Fife
3. Hugh Blake
4. James Johnstone
5. Nick McLennan
6. Mark Robertson
7. Jamie Farndale
8. Damien Hoyland
9. Magnus Bradbury
10. Scott Wight
11. James Fleming
12. Glenn Bryce

Men's Eagles Sevens | 17
Tries: Barrett, Test, Palamo
Conversions: Hughes

Scotland | 24
Tries: Hoyland, Bryce, Fife (2)
Conversions: Wight (2)

Men's Eagles Sevens | HSBC London Sevens
v. Samoa - W 12-5
v. South Africa - L 14-10
v. Canada - D 12-12
Cup QF v. New Zealand - W 42-14
Cup SF v. Scotland - L 24-17
Third-place v. Fiji - Sunday, May 22 @ 12:02 p.m. ET