USA to face France in Shield Final

USA to face France in Shield Final

All games on day two will be live on  Day two will also be on tape delay on Universal Sports at 10:30 p.m. EDT and on NBC Sports at midnight EDT.


USA v. Wales - Bowl Quarterfinal


A strong start in the Bowl Quarterfinal for the Eagles saw Wales on the back foot.  The Eagles kept great width on attack and enjoyed a fair amount of possession that they converted into a 14-7 lead at half time.  Colin Hawley scored first for the Eagles with a show of great individual effort and followed up his score with a great take on the ensuing restart.  That eventually led to Mike Palefau powering over for a try.  A try by Wales late in the first half tied it up, but not without controversy.  An iffy call gave Wales a score despite the Welsh player clearly knocking it on directly before he dove on it to score.


The second half Wales took advantage of the Americans who were bunching up around the breakdown.  The Welsh spread the ball wide and caught the Eagles out on several occassions.  A series of penalties and advantages led to Wales eventually scoring to take the lead.  Zack Test scored with less than a minute to go, but the Eagles were still two scores away.  It ended 19-28 and led to the USA appearing in the Shield Semifinal against Russia at 6:20 a.m. MDT.


USA v. Russia - Shield Semifinal


A try from the kickoff set the tone for the Eagles and it would be the Eagles show for the duration of the match, ending 38-12.  As the commentators noted, the USA really haven't had a problem on attack but on the other side of the ball on defense.  The attack was firing as was the defense in the Shield Semifinal.


It took the USA 13 seconds to score their first try of the game.  A quick answer from the Russians leveled the score.  Mike Palefau scored the go ahead, but Russia answered straight back again.  That response would be the last points Russia would score.


Zack Test scored before half time to give the USA the mental advantage.  Mental errors started creeping into the Russian game, commiting penalty after penalty and giving the USA the ball back.  


The veteran Mike Palefau cleverly drew the Russians into a yellow card, taking two quick taps while the Russians weren't 10 meters back.  The man advantage helped right away and Colin Hawley took the tap and offloaded to Nick Edwards in support.


Hawley had a good score a few minutes later, taking off for 50 meters and outpacing the covering Russian defense.  Edwards added one more with one second remaining and that would be the game. 


The USA will now face the winner of Kenya v. France in the Shield Final at 10:04 a.m. MDT.  





Box Scores:


USA 19

Tries: Hawley, Palefau, Test

Cons: Enosa (2)


Wales 28

Tries: Smith, Thomas, Price, Walker

Cons: Walker (3), Jones




USA 38

Tries: Durutalo, Palefau, Test, Edwards (2), Hawley

Cons: Enosa(3), Suniula


Russia 12

Tries: Ostroushko, Galinovskiy

Cons: Yanyuskin




USA 12

Tries: Hawley, Durutalo

Cons: Enosa


France 19

Tries: Delmas, Saubade, Laousse

Cons: Albaladejo (2)

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