Barrett, Eagles crack 50 in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Perry Baker scored three tries in an eight-try, 52-0 defeat of Japan for the Men's Eagles Sevens at HSBC Canada Sevens Saturday.

Ben Pinkelman and Stephen Tomasin each recorded two five-pointers of their own while Danny Barrett touched down for his 50th career try on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in the full-team win. Mike Friday emptied the bench in the dominant performance, with all 12 Eagles keeping the ball from Japan for the majority of the match. The U.S. will continue pool play at BC Place Stadium this afternoon against France at 4:28 p.m. ET. World Rugby's Sevens Series website has the live broadcast available for viewers in the United States.


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Barrett led the team in tries scored at HSBC USA Sevens last weekend, and gave the Eagles the first possession in the sixth round of the Series by winning Folau Niua's opening restart. Niua faked two passes as he neared the touch line inside the attacking half and Tomasin supported the ruck to finish in-goal, 7-0.

Baker cut in from the wing to score the U.S.'s second try in as many minutes, wrapping around Barrett after an initial offload to receive the return from the forward in contact. Barrett kept Japan without the ball from the fourth-minute restart and converted another successful attack into points with a monstrous effort against three defenders on the try line. Captain Madison Hughes converted the third consecutive U.S. try for a 21-0 advantage midway through the first frame.

The Eagles were finally forced to play defense when Martin Iosefo dropped a pass from yet another restart win, but not for long as Andrew Durutalo drew the referee's whistle in the breakdown just inside the Eagles' half. Niua's touch-finder for a lineout did not come off, however, and it took some time past the seventh minute for the Eagles to win the ball back. Once they did, Baker used a sliver of space along the touch line to bring the halftime score to 26-0.

With Australia and France also in Pool C, the Eagles did not look to let up the pressure against Japan. They matched their 26-point, first-half output in the second half as they kept up the intensity with substitutes. An early Japan scrum was turned over to the U.S., who quickly fed Baker for his hat trick in the ninth minute. Hughes took the ball from Kosuke Hashino at midfield from the ensuing restart to win possession again before Durutalo hot-potatoed the ball out of contact to Pinkelman five meters from the line for the 38-0 score.

Pinkelman took on three defenders not far from the touch line in the 13th minute to open some space in the middle of the field, where Niua slotted through a grubber kick for Tomasin's second try of the game. Pinkelman rounded out the scoring after the full-time horn inside the indoor arena sounded for a 52-0 final.


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The Eagles' superior point differential from just one game at Canada Sevens will serve them well heading into matches against France (8:08 p.m. ET) and Australia (4:28 p.m. ET), as will the performance that saw minimal possession for their opponent in a shutout defeat. Friday's squad will look to secure Cup qualification against France next, with the live broadcast from BC Place Stadium available to viewers in the United States on World Rugby's Sevens Series website.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Japan
1. Pat Blair
2. Ben Pinkelman
3. Danny Barrett
4. Matai Leuta
5. Walt Elder
6. Andrew Durutalo
7. Folau Niua
8. Maka Unufe
9. Stephen Tomasin
10. Madison Hughes (C)
11. Perry Baker
12. Martin Iosefo
13. Malon Al-Jiboori

Japan | v. USA
1. Yoshiaki Tsurugasaki
2. Dallas Tatana
3. Kameli Soejima
4. Jonmoon Han
5. Patrick Stehlin
6. Dai Ozawa
7. Katsuyuki Sakai
8. Rikiya Oishi
9. Ryota Kano
10. Kosuke Hashino
11. Masahiro Nakano
12. Hironori Yatomi
13. Kento Matsui

Men's Eagles Sevens | 52
Tries: Tomasin (2), Baker (3), Barrett, Pinkelman (2)
Conversions: Hughes (4), Tomasin (2)

Japan | 0
Tries: N/A
Conversions: N/A

Men's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Canada Sevens
v. Japan - W 52-0
v. France - Saturday, March 11 @ 4:28 p.m. ET
v. Australia - Saturday, March 11 @ 8:08 p.m. ET