HSBC LA SEVENS RUGBY | FEBRUARY 29 - MARCH 1, 2020

News

Feb 29, 2020

200 For Isles, and the Game-Winner


Well the USA needed something after a rough outing against Samoa in the opening round of the LA Sevens.

carlin_isles_2019_mike_lee_klc_fotos_for_world_rugby
Carlin Isles. Mike Lee KLC fotos for World Rugby.

Well the USA needed something after a rough outing against Samoa in the opening round of the LA Sevens.

For Tomasin, the game was a rough one, but not frustrating.

"It's sevens; sometimes you go down two scores and you've got to play your way ut of the hole," said the World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year nominee. "We didn't have the ball early in that game and it's hard to play sevens when you don't have the ball."

Tomasin's try brought the momentum back to the USA side a little, at least, and he pointed out that the Eagles have come back from 21-0 down before, so 12-0 wasn't much to panic about.

"We needed to stay in the fight; we kind of made it our goal to keep our own ball and not lose any balls in the ruck," said Tomasin. "We need to be more ruthless in attack but as a physical challenge [Samoa] is about as good as it gets."

And at the end of the game, the USA perhaps put in its best sequence, keeping the ball moving and not getting into trouble. Isles didn't get himself isolated and everyone was in support, and that, more than anything, allowed the Eagles to close it out 19-17.

By: ALEX GOFF

02292020_islesgamewinner-thumb.jpg
Our Partners