Written by Pat Clifton    Saturday, 31 March 2012 23:31    PDF Print Write e-mail
Three in a Row for the Eagles, Bowl Final Next
Sevens - USA Sevens Men

The United States beat Portugal 20-10 to claim a third-straight win in Tokyo and advance to the Bowl final.

The Eagles put the pressure on first directly after the kickoff, but Shalom Suniula knocked on an Andrew Durutalo pass in attack. Rocco Mauer had a big run in the possession, splitting two defenders and drawing another before passing.

Portgual traded possession with the USA before being awarded an offside penalty near midfield. They went wide, and Mauer was fended easily, allowing a breakaway that would lead to Portgual scoring the first try. The conversion was missed.

The Eagles again went on attack, and Suniula penetrated the defensive line. Zack Test got the ball in support and bullied his way over the line.

Test scored his second try to put the Eagles up 10-5 just before intermission, using a powerful stiff arm on the wing.

Portgual drew level after a pair of USA penalties. After the first, awarded near USA’s defending 22, Suniula didn’t retreat the full 10 meters before intercepting a pass. Portugal scored immediately after the five-meter quick tap.

Colin Hawley regained the lead by slicing through a tired Portugese defense and dotting down.

The Eagles secured the ball directly following the restart and won a penalty about 20 meters out with just over 30 seconds to play. Folau Niua elected to kick at goal, and nailed the penalty to secure victory.

The win gives Eagles their third win on the weekend. Not since Australia in the 2010/2011 season have they won three in one event.

Up next in the Bowl final is France, who the Eagles beat in Las Vegas in February.