Men's Sevens
12 5
26 14
Men's Sevens  @ Stade Jean-Bouin
Paris Sevens
  Craig Evans
Cup Quarterfinal

England keeps Eagles from Paris Cup

 Martin Seras Lima

PARIS - A fifth consecutive top-four finish has eluded the Men's Eagles Sevens at HSBC Paris Sevens following a 26-12 Cup Quarterfinal defeat to England Sunday.

Perry Baker scored two more tries to bring his weekend tally through four games to eight in the losing effort, which drops Mike Friday's squad into contention for fifth place at the ninth round of the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games gold medalist Fiji will line up against the U.S. in the Fifth-Place Semifinal at 7:34 a.m. ET, with the live stream available on World Rugby's Sevens Series website.

The Eagles withstood an early England attack in the initial stages of the game after giving away field position to a defensive penalty, and were given a lineout at the attacking 10 due to an unforced error committed by the opposition. England's double-coverage of Baker worked momentarily as the Eagles shuffled the ball to Andrew Durutalo on the opposite touch line before swinging it back Baker's way for a 5-0 lead after four minutes.

England captain Tom Mitchell wasted no time in providing his side's reply, causing the U.S. defense to shift in order to slip through Ben PInkelman's grasp 25 meters from the try line. Folau Niua could not find his footing to stop the ball-carrier from the sweeper position, either, conceding the lead at 7-5.

It appeared the Eagles would enjoy a final possession in the half as Dan Norton lost the ball forward on the restart, but captain Madison Hughes had the ball knocked out of his hands forward from the set piece and the U.S. was penalized in the ensuing scrum to set up an extended attack in dangerous field position. Mitchell saved a pass from being intercepted by Baker, who left space in the defensive shape for Ruaridh McConnochie to feed Charlie Hayter for the try.

Baker diminshed England's two-score advantage of 14-5 in the first minute of the second frame following a clinical passing display by the Eagles across the field. The rate of play allowed Durutalo to run at the defense with pace to get within 10 meters of the line, then the ball was sent to the opposite touch line for Baker to duck under a tackle for the try. Hughes' conversion from a tough angle brought the Eagles within two points at 14-12.

It would be the closest the Eagles would come to regaining their lead despite winning a penalty at midfield to start the next play. Hughes' first pass from Pinkelman's tap was intercepted by Oliver Lindsay-Hague to push the gap back to two scores, 21-12, and Norton broke out of Maka Unufe's tackle on the final play of the Quarterfinal for the 26-12 score line.

Fiji was handedly shut out by Scotland in its own Cup Quarterfinal in Paris, and will look to keep the gap between itself and South Africa in the Series standings close in a Fifth-Place Semifinal matchup with the Eagles at 7:34 a.m. ET. The remaining matches of the tournament can be watched live on World Rugby's Sevens Series website.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. England

1. Alex Schwarz

2. Ben Pinkelman

3. Don Pati

4. Matai Leuta

5. Mike Te'o

6. Andrew Durutalo

7. Folau Niua

8. Maka Unufe

9. Stephen Tomasin

10. Madison Hughes (C)

11. Perry Baker

12. Martin Iosefo

13. Naima Fualaau

England | v. USA

1. Harry Glover

2. Charlie Hayter

3. Phil Burgess

4. Dan Norton

5. James Rodwell

6. Tom Mitchell

7. Dan Bibby

8. Tom Bowen

9. Oliver Lindsay-Hague

10. Ruaridh McConnochie

11. Callum Sirker

12. Will Edwards

13. Will Glover

Men's Eagles Sevens | 12

Tries: Baker (2)

Conversions: Hughes

England | 26

Tries: Mitchell, Hayter, Lindsay-Hague, Norton

Conversions: Mitchell (3)

Men's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Paris Sevens

v. Argentina - W 26-19

v. Wales - W 38-14

v. New Zealand - L 27-14

Cup QF v. Engalnd - L 26-12

Fifth-Place Semifinal v. Fiji - Sunday, May 14 @ 7:34 a.m. ET