Written by Pat Clifton    Saturday, 01 December 2012 06:01    PDF Print Write e-mail
USA Bows Out in Bowl Semis
Sevens - USA Sevens Men

The 7s Eagles fell 22-14 to South Africa in the Bowl Semifinal to close out a disappointing trip to Dubai 1-4. South Africa jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first half with two tries from Cornal Hendricks.

Nate Augspurger looking for space against South Africa.Ian Muir photo.
Matt Hawkins offloads.Ian Muir photo.
USA and South Africa maul it out. Ian Muir photo.

The Eagles got on the board in the second minute of the second half via a Colin Hawley try, converted by Shalom Suniula, to pull to within three at 10-7, but South Africa put the difference back out to two scores when Tshotsho Mbovane dotted down minutes later. The conversion was missed, making it 15-7 to South Africa. 

Carlin Isles, who subbed on earlier in the second half, made his presence felt with a try to keep the Eagles in the hunt in the 13th minute. Suniula converted, making it 15-14, but Stephan Dippenaar ended the contest with a converted try at full time.

South Africa
Tries: Hendricks (2). Mbovane, Dibbenaar
Cons: Luiters

Tries: Hawley, Isles
Cons: Suniula (2)