For Immediate Release
April 2, 2011
Eagles headed to Adelaide Bowl Quarters
ADELAIDE – The USA Men’s Sevens team is set to emerge from Pool C to take on Japan in the Adelaide Sevens Bowl quarterfinals. On day one in Adelaide, the Eagles lost their first two matches to Fiji and Australia but got back on track against Tonga, winning 24-12.
USA v. FIJI
There was a lot of one way traffic when the Eagles faced Pacific Island powerhouse Fiji in the first Pool C match of the day. The single USA try was from the hard-nosed Eagle, Paul Emerick who is now working his way onto the list of the top try-scorers in the tournament (he has 14), despite missing the first two stops of the Series in Dubai and George, South Africa.
USA V. AUSTRALIA
Eagles head coach, Al Caravelli, changed his starting lineup from the Fiji match against a young and quick Australian side. Justin Boyd and Colin Hawley ran on for the USA. Australia got a quick try off the kickoff and another converted try in the fifth minute but the Eagles managed to keep it close with the agile and deceptive Shalom Suniula scoring before halftime, bringing the scores to 14-5.
Emerick started the second half the right way, hitting Australia early and bringing the Eagles within four points of the host team. There would be no score for six minutes after Emerick’s score with both sides battling back and forth. Fresh legs in the form of Miles Craigwell, Peter Tiberio and Roland Suniula came on to help the Eagles try to cross once more, but Australia beat them to the punch. Ed Jenkins from Australia closed it out for the Aussies, scoring in the eighth minute and ending the match.
Fulltime scores doubled the halftime tally and Australia got the win 28-10.
USA v. TONGA
If you watched the Tonga v. USA Bowl Quarterfinal in Hong Kong last weekend, you probably have a few grey hairs for your trouble. Eagle captain Matt Hawkins scored a game-winner in extra time and led his team to the Bowl Semifinals. It wouldn’t be the nail biter it was in Hong Kong and the Eagles built momentum going into the Adelaide Bowl Quarterfinals.
The Eagles’ danger man, Zack Test, must have felt left out having not scored any tries in the first two matches of the day and he quickly remedied that against Tonga. Etueni Siua crossed for Tonga and Etimoni Paea converted, giving Tonga a two point lead.
Former Cal Bear and All-American, Colin Hawley, didn’t let Tonga think about their lead for very long and scored a try late in the first to give the USA a 10-7 advantage at halftime.
Marco Barnard started the second half right and started to tighten the screws on Tonga, bringing the tally to 15-7. Tonga certainly made it interesting, scoring with less than two minutes left and making it 12-15. Emerick knew the Eagles had their foot on the throat of Tonga and delivered the lethal blow in the last play of the match, giving the Eagles a win and momentum moving into the Bowl Quarterfinals.
USA v. JAPAN – BOWL QUARTERFINAL
There is no doubt that Japan have emerged as the Eagles’ rival in the HSBC Sevens World Series. The Eagles are 4-1 against Japan this season, scoring a total of 79 points against Japan so far. Japan has scored 50 against the Eagles. However, two points is all it took for Japan to knock the Eagles out of the Bowl Final in Hong Kong. Japan came out charged with emotion after the tragic tsunami and earthquakes rocked their country and knocked the Eagles out of the Bowl Final last weekend, with one conversion being the difference in the match.
The Eagles have surely done some soul-searching this past week and will be fired up to avenge their loss.
The USA v. Japan match will kick off on April 3 11:22 a.m. ACST (April 2, 7:50 p.m. MDT, 9:50 EDT).
The final rounds of the Adelaide Sevens will be shown LIVE on UniversalSports.com.
A same-day broadcast of the final rounds will be shown on Universal Sports. For listings in your area, visit http://www.universalsports.com/tv-listings/index.html.
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