It was a displeasing Sunday for the USA 7s team at the London 7s. After being so close to making the Cup Quarterfinals, they ended up in the Bowl Quarters instead, and did not perform well.
The Eagles were shut out 14-0 by Spain in that match, and followed that up with an improved game, but still a loss, 21-15 against Portugal. As they had against Argentina, in their lone win in London, the USA left it very late, not scoring until the second half.
Zack Test’s try a minute into the second period made it 21-5. But Portugal’s defense held until almost the end. Miles Craigwell scored just before full time, and Colin Hawley after the hooter, but no conversions, and a 21-15 loss.
It’s not a good ending to a tournament that failed to deliver the one word halfback Shalom Suniula put forth last week as the watchword for the tournament: consistency.
Almost every game was a tale of two halves, or chunks of good and bad.
Against England, the first 5 minutes and last two saw England score four tries. In the rest of the match, the USA outscored England 21-5.
Against Argentina, it was 21-0 a minute into the second half, and 22-0 for the USA thereafter. Against France it was more even, mixing turnovers and good player intermittently.
And then against Spain, 14-0 for the Spanish at halftime, 0-0 thereafter; and against Portugal, 21-0 at halftime, and 15-0 for the USA in the second half.
There is nothing consistent about what the USA did this weekend.