Men's Sevens
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Men's Sevens  @ The National Stadium
Singapore Sevens
  Alexandre Ruiz

Scotland keeps Eagles from hardware in Singapore

SINGAPORE - The Men's Eagles Sevens lost their third match of the weekend at HSBC Singapore Sevens Sunday, a 14-10 decision to Scotland in the tournament's Bowl Final.

Zack Test and Maka Unufe scored second-half tries for the U.S., which could not overcome a 14-0 Scotland lead at halftime. The Eagles will return to HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series action in Paris May 13-15.

Nate Ebner started his third consecutive match for the Eagles at National Stadium, and made several outstanding tackles to keep Scotland from breaking through in the early minutes of the match. The U.S. received a put-in inside the defensive half in the second minute and won a penalty a phase later to set up a lineout, but a pass from Ebner at midfield was whistled by the match official for traveling forward.

Scotland kept the attacking pressure on in the fifth minute, keeping the ball moving following a big tackle from Ebner to open the scoring through Hugh Blake. The 7-0 lead held up for several minutes as the Eagles searched for an equalizer, with captain Madison Hughes losing the ball forward from a Folau Niua pass at midfield.

The Eagles won the ball back before Scotland could get it away with Ebner and Test exerting their strength on the breakdown. Scotland got the ball back from a penalty and Mark Robertson chased a kick towards the corner of the try zone, where Unufe struggled to deal with the bouncing ball. The American stumbled as the ball went over the try line, where Robertson dove on it to give his side a 14-0 lead at the break.

Scotland was allowed to take a tap at midfield for an infraction against Niua on the restart, but a forceful tackle from Ebner knocked the ball loose. Barrett ran a straight line through the middle of the defense and kept his feet through multiple attempted tackles. The Eagles maintained possession and took a tap from a penalty in front of the posts, and Test hit the defenders with pace and used his momentum to get over the try line for a 14-5 score.

Martin Iosefo tapped the restart down to Ebner and the Eagles searched for a second try in the 10th minute, needing at least two to take the lead. Test lost the ball forward as the attack approached the try line, however, but the team pushed up on defense from the ensuing set piece to win a turnover. Test found Unufe on the wing for the U.S.'s second try, cutting into Scotland's lead again at 14-10.

The Eagles set up a lineout just inside their own half with a minute left to play and Barrett enjoyed another run down the touch line to knock over a few defenders, but Scotland won a penalty in the breakdown after the hooter had gone to bring forth the final whistle.

Fifth in the standings heading into the eighth leg of the Series, the U.S. gains seven points from Singapore - its lowest tournament total this season - to keep its place. Mike Friday's group will reconvene at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., before heading back on tour next month.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Scotland

1. Nate Ebner

2. Pat Blair

3. Danny Barrett

4. Garrett Bender

5. Zack Test

6. Peter Tiberio

7. Folau Niua

8. Maka Unufe

9. Nate Augspurger

10. Madison Hughes (C)

11. Perry Baker

12. Martin Iosefo

Scotland | v. USA

1. Scott Riddell

2. Dougie Fife

3. Hugh Blake

4. James Johnstone

5. Nick McLennan

6. Mark Robertson

7. Jamie Farndale

8. Fraser Lyle

9. Joe Nayacavou

10. Scott Wight

11. James Fleming

12. Glenn Bryce

Men's Eagles Sevens | 10

Tries: Test, Unufe

Conversions: N/A

Scotland | 14

Tries: Blake, Robertson

Conversions: Wight (2)

Men's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Singapore Sevens

v. Canada - W 36-14

v. France - L 19-17

v. New Zealand - L 19-12

Bowl QF v. Russia - W 24-5

Bowl SF v. Portugal - W 26-0

Bowl Final v. Scotland - L 14-10