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After five weeks off over the Christmas & New Year’s break, the USA 7s squad are back at work as the 2017-18 HSBC Sevens World Series moves to the third phase from Cape Town in South Africa to Sydney in Australia.
Prior to enterting in Sydney, Australia, the USA Eagles were 13th with 13 points in the 2017-18 HSBC World Sevens Series Standings following a 6th place finish during the South African leg in Cape Town.
Australian Sevens in Sydney
The USA Eagles were drawn in Pool D alongside Australia, Canada and Scotland.
Perry Baker has returned from his recovery with a HIA Concussion Protocol having missed all of the South African and most of Dubai matches when he was stretched off in the very first match of the season v Argentina.
It was a close first game but credit to the Aussies as they defeated the USA Eagles 26-19.
There were tries scored from Martin Iosefo the 8th minute before Perry Baker scored a try straight away in the second half.
Ben Pinkleman also made one contribution with a try in the 10th minute.
Madison Hughes successfully converted two out of the three conversions both in the 8th and 9th minute.
Martin Iosefo had to sit out with a sin-bin thanks to a slow down attempt between the 3rd and 5th minute.
In the second Pool D match against Scotland, Perry Baker and Stephen Tomasin formed an electric partnership that saw the USA Eagles score 21 points within 3 tries (2 from Baker, 1 from Tomasin) and 3 conversions (Tomasin).
Danny Barrett also scored a try in the 6th minute.
It was a comfrotable victory where USA defeated Scotland 26-12.
The USA Eagles leave Pool D in 2nd place behind Australia with one loss and two wins when they defeated Canada 40-19.
There’s a whopping 4 tries being scored Perry Baker both in the first as well as the 5th and 8th minute.
Ben Pinkleman also made a contribution with two tries in the 2nd and 9th minute.
Stephen Tomasin has successfully five out of six attempts in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 10th minute.
Cup Quarter Final v Fiji
The USA Eagles took their revenge against the strong Fiji side when they managed to win comfortably 24-7.
There were 4 tries being scored from Folau Niua in the 3rd minute, Martin Iosfeo in the 7th minute, Maka Unefe in the 8th minute and Perry Baker in the 10th minute.
Folau Niua successfully converted two out of four kicks in the 7th and 10th minute.
Cup Semi-Final v South Africa
This was a challenge where they tried the hardest they could where the USA Eagles were beaten by the in-form South African side 35-7.
Perry Baker was the only try scorer in this match in the 6th minute where he is now only one try away from tying Zach Test as the USA’s all-time leading try scorer.
Third-Place Play-Off v Argentina
Although they managed to defeat Fiji after two losses in Dubai and Cape Town, the USA Eagles couldn’t strike victory against Argentina 31-10.
There were only two tries scored from Martin Isoefo in the 7th minute before Ben Pinkleman made a consolation try before the whistle blew full-time in the 15th minute.
USA was forced to settle in 4th place behind Fiji, South Africa and eventual Australian 7s winners Australia.
Statistics after Sydney
According to the statistics from the official World Rugby website, USA has been placed around the Top 5 in two out of the three men’s stats list so far after Sydney.
- USA is currently ranked 5th behind Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia in the most points scored so far in the 2017-18 HSBC 7s World Series with 324 points.
- USA is currently ranked 5th in the same order for the most tries scored in this season by 52 points.
Although, USA ranked 13th for the most tackles made in this season’s 7s competition.
The USA Eagles made a remarkable improvement from 13th to 7th in the 2017 HSBC World Sevens Series Standings with 28 points.
Next up, the USA Sevens Squad will travel to FMG Stadium in Waikato for the New Zealand leg this saturday-sunday.
It’s not been bittersweet when it comes to the treatment room as Stephen Tomasin and Madison Hughes suffered their respective knee injuries whilst playing in the Australian 7s.
Tomasin and Hughes will return to the United States for further checks and recovery, no timeline has been set for the return of both men at this stage.
Reserve, Nick Boyer will be called up to the USA 7s squad for this weekend’s tournament.
Let’s see if the USA Eagles can cope without Tomasin and Hughes in a race to repeat another success like Sydney over in Waikato this weekend.