US defeats Brazil 26-0
The United States faced Olympic host, Brazil, in their second pool play match at Deodoro stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Going into the match the United States knew it had to put points on the board early and fast as point differential could play an important factor in advancing into the quarterfinals.
An early try from Niua followed by a conversion by Hughes put the US on the board 7 – 0.
A subsequent yellow card by Brazil’s Rodriguez gave the US the advantage, which led to the historic first-ever Olympic try by NFL star Nate Ebner. After a successful conversion attempt by Madison Hughes, the US when into half time with a 14 – 0 lead.
The second half started out slow for the US after a late tackle by Nate Ebner resulted in a yellow card giving Brazil the advantage.
However, the US were able to respond with the help of speedster Carlin Isles who broke out on the right side for try. A missed conversion attempt gave the US a 19- 0 lead.
With the prospect of points differential playing a factor in advancing to the quarterfinals the US desperately needed another score.
With no time remaining Unufe broke free from the pack to give the US another score ending the match with a 26-0 win over the Brazilians.
The United States will face a fearsome Fiji opponent tomorrow at 12:30 PM Eastern.