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Men's Sevens  @ Cape Town Stadium
Cape Town Sevens
  Matt Rodden
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Men's Sevens shut out Japan with 54 point victory to open HSBC Cape Town Sevens

CAPE TOWN, RSA. - It could be said that winning a silver medal over a gold medal gives you some scorching spirit for redemption. And, if that's the case, it would never be truer then when the Men's Eagles Sevens opened HSBC Cape Town Sevens 2018 with a 54-0 shutout victory over Japan. 

Scoring eight tries with seven different players one week after concluding the first stop of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 in second-place, the United States was the very definition of "on fire" in their first match of Cape Town pool play. 

Within the first 20 seconds of the match, Captain Madison Hughes cleared just enough space for Martin Iosefo to nail the opening score right between the posts. Then, an almost identical try with Iosefo passing to Hughes put the Eagles Sevens up by 14 within two minutes. 

Three more tries followed before the half by way of Perry Baker and Stephen Tomasin. Tomasin -- perfect off the boot -- scored two almost completely uncontested tries and managed to sail four conversions over the crossbar in the first seven minutes alone. 

Japan had made 27 offloads to the USA's 15 despite the Eagles Sevens owning possession almost entirely. 

It appeared as though the United States moved too quickly for the Japanese side. With the opposition unable to respond effectively, gaps of space with no defensive coverage allowed USA to score on every line break through the game. 

In similar form, the second half began with almost a spinning image of the first. 

Matai Leuta made an offload to Brett Thompson for a convincing dummy that gave him the edge to make it 42-0. Leuta then scored his own try immediately after, increasing the commanding lead to 49-0 with three minutes to spare. 

The remainder of regulation went by with no more scoring until Carlin Isles swooped in the mix. Isles first attempted a grubber kick recovered by the Japanese but a penalty put it right back in USA hands. 

There, a tap and go by Folau Niua and swift pass by Stephen Tomasin gave Isles enough space on the wing to score the final try, 54-0. 

Team USA will have a couple hours to recover from the try-scoring madness before taking on Spain (1-0) at 8:26 AM ET, LIVE on ESPN+


Men's Eagles Sevens Staff

Head Coach | Mike Friday
Assistant Coach | Anthony "Rocky" Roques
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Matt Long
Athletic Trainer | Brian Green
Team Manager | Scott Novack


HSBC Cape Town Sevens Schedule

Pool B | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN+

vs. Japan | 54-0 (W)
vs. Spain | Sat, Dec. 8 - 8:26 AM ET
vs. Argentina | Sat, Dec. 8 - 12:12 PM ET

*Knockout rounds begin Sun, Dec. 9 at 3:58 AM ET. Updated matchups will be available by following @USARugby on Twitter.


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