Written by Alex Goff    Friday, 23 March 2012 22:33    PDF Print Write e-mail
Eagles Lose Competitively to South Africa
Sevens - USA Sevens Men


Ian Muir photo
Ian Muir photo
Ian Muir photo

The men’s Eagles dropped to 0-2 in Hong Kong, losing 15-7 to South Africa Friday (Saturday in Hong Kong).

South Africa took the lead in the second minute, when William Small-Smith dotted down. Cecil Afrika missed the conversion, as he would after the Springboks’ two other tries.

Stephen Dippenaar scored next for South Africa in the sixth minute, putting the Bokke up 10-0 at halftime.

Mark Bokhoven and Rocco Mauer came in shortly after intermission, and both would contribute to the Eagles’ lone score. On a defensive scrum, Bokhoven wheeled South Africa and put pressure on the scrumhalf, resulting in a knock-on.

USA spun the ball off of the ensuing set piece wide to Mauer, who simply ran faster than his counterpart, starting his penetration from a near standstill. He was caught by South Africa’s sweeper five meters short of pay dirt, but RSA was pinged for hands-in and Shalom Suniula squirted through off of the quick-tap for the score.

Folau Niua subbed on after the try, and it was his missed tackle on Kyle Brown, who fielded the restart, that led to Afrika putting the nail in the American coffin.

This game saw USA coach Alex Magleby try some new combinations, with Tai Enosa playing scrumhalf and Suniula in the midfield.

The Eagles next face Wales at 4:06am ET.

USA Starting Lineup

Andrew Durutalo
Zach Test
Colin Hawley
Tai Enosa
Shalom Suniula
Peter Tiberio
Mike Palefau