Men's Sevens
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Men's Sevens  @ Cape Town Stadium
South Africa Sevens
Fifth-Place Semifinal

Eagles leave Cape Town with ten Series points

 Martin Seras Lima

CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games gold medalist and reigning HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champion Fiji knocked the Men's Eagles Sevens out of HSBC Cape Town Sevens Sunday in a 28-12 Fifth-Place Semifinal victory.

Kevon Williams scored his first career try in the loss after earning his Series debut last weekend at Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens. The U.S. gains 10 points from the second of 10 legs for a total of 18 points heading into the Oceania portion of the season.

With Folau Niua sidelined to injury following the overtime defeat to Scotland in the Cup Quarterfinals, Stephen Tomasin provided the Eagles' restart kicks. Though Danny Barrett lost the initial restart forward, Williams pounced on a turnover for Andrew Durutalo to run 15 meters in Fiji's half. William was unable to handle a Martin Iosefo offload a phase later, however, and could not complete the third-minute chase of Osea Kolinisau for the opening score.

Jasa Veremalua doubled his side's advantage to 14-0 when Maka Unufe's tap of the restart fell to Fiji, receiving an offload at the 22 for a try under the posts. The Eagles kept their defensive shape in the face of a potent Fiji offense, but Sevuloni Mocenacagi was given too much room on the wing for a lengthy try and 21-0 lead at halftime.

Substitutes added a renewed energy to the Eagles in the second half, as Don Pati opened the team's account with an intelligent play in the tackle area. Without much support at the 22, Pati placed the ball on the ground and grabbed it again, slipping away from the defenders and into the try zone for a 21-5 score line.

Jerry Tuwai put the match out of reach with a 13th-minute try, but Williams had the last say as debutante Anthony Welmers and reserve Alec Gletzer helped the Eagles move down the field. An offside call against Fiji at its 22 pushed the defenders back, giving the U.S. space to send it wide to Williams for his first Series try and a 28-12 final score.

The Eagles will return Stateside to prepare for the continuation of the Series, which resumes in Wellington, New Zealand, Jan. 28-29.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Fiji

1. Kevon Williams

2. Matai Leuta

3. Danny Barrett

4. Alec Gletzer

5. Don Pati

6. Andrew Durutalo

7. Folau Niua

8. Maka Unufe

9. Stephen Tomasin

10. Anthony Welmers

11. Perry Baker (C)

12. Martin Iosefo

Fiji | v. USA

1. Kalione Nasoko

2. Jasa Veremalua

3. Sevuloni Mocenacagi

4. Setareki Bituniyata

5. Masivesi Dakuwaqa

6. Emosi Mulevoro

7. Osea Kolinisau

8. Josua Vici

9. Jerry Tuwai

10. Kitione Taliga

11. Samisoni Viriviri

12. Joeli Lutumailagi

Men's Eagles Sevens | 12

Tries: Pati, Williams

Conversions: Tomasin

Fiji | 28

Tries: Kolinisau, Veremalua, Mocenacagi, Tuwai

Conversions: Kolinisau (2), Taliga, Mulevoro

Men's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Cape Town Sevens

v. Australia - W 19-0

v. South Africa - L 28-10

v. Russia - W 26-17

Cup QF v Scotland - L 24-19 (OT)

Fifth-Place SF v. Fiji - L 28-12