USA Eagles
29
Australia
5
Men's Sevens
BC Place Stadium
Men's Sevens@BC Place Stadium
March 11, 20175:08 pm PDT
Canada Sevens

Perfect Eagles plow through Australia to Vancouver Quarterfinals

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The Men's Eagles Sevens completed pool play at HSBC Canada Sevens with a flawless 3-0 record following a 29-5 defeat of Australia Saturday.

Two tries apiece for Perry Baker and Maka Unufe as well as Danny Barrett's second of the day capped the Eagles' total Day One try-scoring efforts at BC Place Stadium at 19. Mike Friday's squad's Cup Quarterfinal against Argentina is scheduled to kick off at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, with the live stream available to viewers in the United States on World Rugby's Sevens Series website.

Both teams had qualified for the Cup knockout rounds following two Pool C games. The Eagles opened in the scoring in both of theirs, and did so against Australia in the first minute of play. From the restart win, Folau Niua drew a defender towards the wing to open a hole for Baker. The speedster cut inside the sweeper for a 60-meter run to the posts.

Niua won a penalty for his work at the breakdown in the fourth minute to set up a midfield lineout. Captain Madison Hughes kicked the ball for Baker to chase from the 10 and the ball bounced into the winger's arms for a 12-0 lead.

Australia tried its own hand at a grubber attempt in the sixth minute, only for Niua to collect at the U.S. 22. The ball was cycled to the opposite wing for Barrett, who stepped around one defender and fended a second to score from 80 meters. Barrett's 51st career try brought the halftime score to 17-0.

Point differential is also a factor in the a HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings, the reason Australia - level on points with the Eagles in fifth - is ranked ahead of the U.S. Friday urged his team to continue its attacking play at halftime, and inserted a fresh-legged Maka Unufe for Martin Iosefo. The impact was immediate, as Unufe brought down Niua's second-half restart untouched and beat the entire defense to the posts for a 24-0 score.

Unufe slapped the ensuing restart to the ground for Australian hands before Hughes won a penalty on a potential break. The Eagles won their 10th-minute lineout at midfield before Unufe split two defenders to score the team's fifth try, 29-0.

The reserves kept Australia scoreless until the final play of the game. Australia's last possession was assisted by the Eagles' penalty troubles, which resulted in Lachie Anderson holding onto the ball through a Ben Pinkelman tackle to score in the corner.


view match stats on trenarian.com


The 29-5 victory keeps the U.S. at the top of Pool C at Canada Sevens. The Cup Quarterfinal matchup against Pool B's No. 2, Argentina, will kick off Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET. Viewers in the United States can access World Rugby's live stream from Vancouver on its Sevens Series website.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Australia
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

Australia | v. USA
1. Henry Hutchison
2. Liam McNamara
3. Simon Kennewell
4. Alex Gibbon
5. James Stannard
6. Tate McDermott
7. Tim Anstee
8. Tom Lucas
9. Ed Jenkins
10. Nick Malouf
11. Brandon Quinn
12. Lachie Anderson
13. Mick Adams

Men's Eagles Sevens | 29
Tries: Baker (2), Barrett, Unufe (2)
Conversions: Hughes (2)

Australia | 5
Tries: Anderson
Conversions: N/A

Men's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Canada Sevens
v. Japan - W 52-0
v. France - W 31-19
v. Australia - W 29-5
Cup QF v. Argentina - Sunday, March 12 @ 2:30 p.m. ET