Eagles struggle in London; New Zealand wins world sevens series

The London Sevens tournament was a rough one for the USA Eagles. In a tourney that saw New Zealand win its 9th World Sevens title – despite being knocked out in the semis by Fiji – the Eagles ended up losing in the Shield semi-final.

No points for the Eagles, who are now 11th in the standings.

But the Eagles Sevens can rightly feel a little miffed, after a  struggling England team were awarded a very dubious try that helped them to a win. Each of the Sevens tournaments has provided the Eagles with a signature win, this time it was a 22-21 victory over Argentina in Pool play. It could have been a very different tournament for the United States had the England game then gone the other way.

The later stages of the tournament were not kind to the Eagles, losing 14-0 against Spain in the Bowl quarterfinals. Thus dropped to the semifinals of  the Shield, the Eagles lost that game 21-15 to Portugal to head home empty handed.

Though the tournament was eventually won by South Africa, England’s elimination gave New Zealand an insurmountable point score with the Edinburgh Sevens tournament to come this weekend.

Adrian Pratt, U.S. Embassy Wellington

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