Men's Sevens
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South Africa
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Men's Sevens  @ Hong Kong Stadium
Hong Kong Sevens
  Mike Adamson
World Rugby


HONG KONG - Hong Kong Stadium was under water in the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Cup Quarterfinal Sunday, and South Africa sunk the Men's Eagles Sevens' hopes for a tournament title with a 28-0 victory.

The loss was the first for Mike Friday's squad on the weekend following an undefeated pool campaign. The Eagles will play Wales in the Plate Semifinal at 3 a.m. ET.

Despite Ben Pinkelman assuredly handling the opening restart as he was lifted by Garrett Bender, the U.S. lost possession to a penalty as Bender was cited in the breakdown. The Eagles forced a knock a minute later and drew a penalty in the set piece, but Perry Baker could not catch up to a kick from captain Madison Hughes, giving away possession.

Baker was on the wing in the fourth minute when he was surrounded by three defenders at his own 22, and decided to get rid of the ball before he was dragged into touch. The pass was intercepted by Seabelo Senatla for the opening try and 7-0 score line.

Baker conceded a penalty from the ensuing restart and South Africa quickly capitalized through Ruhan Nel for a 14-0 lead at halftime.

The Eagles began the second half the right way, with Folau Niua's restart hitting the turf prior to finding touch five meters from South Africa's try line. Justin Geduld was able to clear the danger from the in-goal area and the Eagles were penalized during their possession at the 10. The Eagles were able to pounce on a loose ball, but Bender's skip pass to Pinkelman was intercepted by Senatla in front of the posts. The third try made the score 21-0, and the U.S. watched minutes on the clock tick away during multiple penalties before Siviwe Soyizwapa scored the final try to make it 28-0.

The U.S. will look to replicate their female counterparts by capturing the Plate Sunday, with the Plate Semifinal versus Wales set to kick off at 3 a.m. ET. The seventh leg of the 2015-16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is being streamed live on World Rugby's website.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. South Africa

1. Nate Ebner

2. Ben Pinkelman

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

South Africa | v. USA

1. Ruan Kankowski

2. Philip Snyman

3. Tim Agaba

4. Kwagga Smith

5. Siviwe Soyizwapi

6. Kyle Brown

7. Branco du Preez

8. Stephan Dippenaar

9. Justin Geduld

10. Cecil Afrika

11. Seabelo Senatla

12. Ruhan Nel

Men's Eagles Sevens | 0

Tries: N/A

Conversions: N/A

South Africa | 28

Tries: Senatla (2), Nel, Soyizwapa

Conversions: Geduld (4)