Playing in a downpour in Sao Paolo the USA defeated Brazil 21-0 in an error-strewn Bowl Final at the Brazil 7s.
The USA were unhappy and a bit unlucky to be in the Bowl bracket, but made the best of it with shutouts against Argentina and Brazil to take the consolation trophy.
The Eagles started the game clearly wanting to take the game to Brazil, but they kept running into contact, event when sparkplug Brazilian scrumhalf Edna Santini was sin-binned. Poor decision-making meant the sin-bin ended with the team's deadlocked 0-0, and the USA just struggled to get a handle on the ball, and several times tried to get the ball to speedster Jessica Javelet, but kept doing so with forward passes.
In the end, captain Jillion Potter - far and away the USA's best player - ran hard off the back of the ruck, took a pass, and went in under the posts.
The half ended with Javelet free to run in, but the passing from the USA backs was just too slow, and Brazil blitzed in to keep the wing isolated.
In the second half, the USA pushed Brazil back into their 22, and after a series of misfired on the scrum, Potter scored on a quick tap. Amelia Villines put her hand up as a useful contributor by nailing a difficult conversion attempt to make it 14-0.
Brazil struggled to get through the USA defense, but the USA kept dropping the ball, making scoring difficult. It was off a tackle that the USA turned the ball to their side and Christ Ringgenberg raced in to cap off the scoring.
In total, it was a nice trophy for the USA, but one that was tainted by the fact that the two teams the Eagles were tied with in the World Series standings, England and Spain, will earn more points by making the top eight. In addition, the USA lacked crispness and power in their passing, went into contact far too much, and were just far too frantic with the ball. Defensively the Americans performed well over the weekend, giving up only 36 points and shutting out three opponents, but offensively they lacked depth, passing skills, and an appreciation for space.
Tries: Potter 2, Ringgenberg
Convs: Villines 3