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Men’s Pan American Games 2019 | Day Two Recap

USA men defeat Chile to make Semifinals but lose to Brazil in Pool A finale

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MATCH TWO | UNITED STATES 20-7 CHILE

The USA Men’s Sevens came out of the gates a bit slower than they did on Day One but nevertheless showed promising skill and needed discipline to churn out a victory against the Chileans. Chile were in good form at first, keeping the USA out of the try zone in the first two minutes and running away with the first points of the game.

Just before halftime, Travion Clark raced around the outside for what would be his first of three tries in the match, showcasing a speed and precision that resembled the likes of Carlin Isles. After Clark’s second try, Chile lost a man on a red card for head contact on Jake Lachina. The laps in numbers led to Clark’s hat trick to give the USA a 15-0 lead.

Cody Melphy crossed the tryline in the final minute bringing the tally to 20-7 at fulltime.

Tries: Travion Clark (3), Cody Melphy

MATCH THREE | UNITED STATES 10-12 BRAZIL

The United States were handed their first loss of the Pan American Games Lima 2019 when Brazil capitalized on second-half pressure. Brazil were into the try zone first, after which Travion Clark and Naima Fualaau built 10 points to favor the U.S. side.

Into the second half, the USA Men’s Sevens held a five point lead which was nearly extended by a massive line break from Harley Wheeler who fell to touch as his arm reached over the tryline. As pressure mounted, the Brazilians turned to the kick chase which resulted in possession bouncing back and forth until Brazil recovered the ball from the breakdown and ran it in to take the lead 10-12.

Team USA’s Men’s Sevens had the final attack as time expired, staying alive on account of Brazilian errors. But as luck would have it, with ball in hand only five meters from the try line, the siren blew as did the referee’s whistle and a holding on penalty gave Brazil the victory.

Tries: Naima Fualaau, Travion Clark

Quotes from Captain Cody Melphy

“We went into today with one goal and that was to be in the dance. Came out of today with the opportunity to go into the medal rounds. We know that no matter what we have to win one game to medal and two games to get Gold tomorrow. We accept the challenge and look forward to putting our best foot forward.”

Despite the loss, the USA Men’s Sevens had already clinched a Semifinal berth after their victory over Chile. The squad will face Argentina next at 12:40 PM ET on ESPN’s family of networks. Fans are encouraged to visit usarug.by/PanAmRugby to find the broadcast closest to the time of kick off.

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Pan American Games Schedule

Pool A | Broadcast on various ESPN Networks
WATCH | usarug.by/PanAmRugby

vs Guyana | 62-0 (W)
vs Chile | 20-7 (W)
vs Brazil | 10-12 (L)


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