USA Eagles
14
Scotland
21
Men's Sevens
Twickenham Stadium
Men's Sevens@Twickenham Stadium
May 21, 20172:48 pm BDST
London Sevens
Referee: Rasta Rashivenga
world-rugby-online

Scotland finds way past Eagles to London Cup Final

  Martin Seras Lima

LONDON - The Men's Eagles Sevens missed out on a second Cup Final of the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Sunday as Scotland won the HSBC London Sevens Cup Semifinal, 21-14.

The U.S. still has a chance to medal at the final round of the season, and will play Canada in the Bronze Final at 12:32 p.m. ET. Supporters in the United States can watch the team's final match of the season live on World Rugby's Sevens Series website.

Head Coach Mike Friday's side controlled the tempo of its Quarterfinal against Australia at Twickenham Stadium, but could not decisively put Scotland under duress in the Semifinal. Perry Baker and Ben Pinkelman found early try-scoring opportunities cut short with tacklers taking them into touch before a stretched defense gave way to a seventh-minute Dougie Fife try from the Scot's own half.

Maka Unufe sent Baker into space from the ensuing restart for the Eagle to dust the defense for the match-levelling, 7-7, try on the final play of the half.

The Eagles looked to take their first lead of the match with a strong start to the second half as Baker and Unufe went on gain-line-busting runs. Folau Niua found the try zone in the corner but could not put the ball to ground before a defender knocked it out of his hands. Scotland drew a penalty after the five-meter scrum and immediately set up a lineout at the U.S. 22.

The Eagles defended well and turned over possession, but Baker lost the ball on a run. Mark Robertson kicked the ball behind the defense and his teammates supported to send Glenn Bryce over the try line, 14-7, with fewer than two minutes to play.

The ball did not stop moving from the 14th-minute restart from when it was kicked to when it found the hands of Baker on the wing, where the speedster beat the final defender for a dot-down under the posts to tie the match, 14-14. The Eagles were undone by a penalty call at midfield on the final play, however, as Scotland kept possession before Joe Nayacavou found his feet from a tackle in front of the posts to give his side the winner, 21-14.

The Eagles claimed Bronze at their home event in Las Vegas nearly three months ago and will look to replicate the result against border rival Canada at Twickenham Stadium. The match - scheduled to kick off at 12:32 p.m. ET - can be watched live online on World Rugby's Sevens Series website.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Scotland
1. Alex Schwarz
2. Ben Pinkelman
3. Don Pati
4. Matai Leuta
5. Mike Te'o
6. Andrew Durutalo
7. Folau Niua
8. Maka Unufe
9. Stephen Tomasin
10. Madison Hughes(C)
11. Perry Baker
12. Martin Iosefo
13. Naima Fualaau

Scotland | v. USA
1. Scott Riddell
2. Dougie Fife
3. Hugh Blake
4. Grayson Hart
5. Glenn Bryce
6. Mark Robertson
7. Jamie Farndale
8. Joe Nayacavou
9. George Horne
10. Scott Wight
11. James Fleming
12. Jack Cuthbert
13. Nyle Godsmark

Men's Eagles Sevens | 14
Tries: Baker (2)
Conversions: Hughes (2)

Scotland | 21
Tries: Fife, Bryce, Nayacavou
Conversions: Wight (3)

Men's Eagles Sevens | HSBC London Sevens
v. Wales - L 28-12
v. Kenya - W 47-0
v. South Africa - W 24-12
Cup QF v. Australia - W 31-14
Cup SF v. Scotland - L 21-14
Bronze Final v. Canada - Sunday, May 21 @ 12:32 p.m. ET