Men's Sevens
31 7
Argentina
14 14
Men's Sevens  @ Cape Town Stadium
Cape Town Sevens
  James Doleman
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Men's Eagles Sevens sweep Pool Play at HSBC Cape Town Sevens

CAPE TOWN, RSA. - Less than five months ago, the Men's Eagles Sevens suffered a heartbreaking loss to Argentina at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. But today, that loss was redeemed in full when the United States defeated their Argentinian counterparts 31-14 to make a full sweep in HSBC Cape Town Sevens pool play. 

The first half started much like their last game against Spain with the USA scoring first and Argentina coming back with two of their own. But the American men were ruthless in the second half, controlling possession at the breakdown, displaying cohesion as a group and commanding space on the way to take first place in Pool B. 

Now with a matchup set against England in the Cup Quarterfinals at 6:10 AM ET on ESPN+, the Eagles Sevens will need to be ready for the big dance. 

The United States men went to battle with Argentina after opening the tournament with a smashing victory over Japan and claiming another over Spain. As they did in every game of the day, the Eagles Sevens were first to draw blood when the Argentinians turned the ball over in the breakdown and Kevon Williams swooped in for the score. 

Two messy mistakes led to two avoidable tries by Argentina when a bobbled pass allowed Franco Sabato to run away with plenty of space on the outside. A yellow card called on Eagles Sevens' Danny Barrett for a dangerous tackle allowed Lucio Luna to score again, leaving the United States in a dangerous position as halftime commenced, 7-14. 

But on the second half kickoff, Captain Madison Hughes set the record straight. Taking the ball on the right side with almost no defenders in sight, Hughes ran steadfast to the try zone to reclaim the lead and ignite another USA scoring fever. 

Soon after, a perfectly placed grubber kick by Folau Niua allowed Martin Iosefo to recover the ball with exactly enough space to dot down again, 19-14. 

Then came Matai Leuta unhinged and unstoppable as he cruised along the right flank to make it 24-14. Leuta's run was highlighted by a diving tackle from an Argentinian defender that saw the Eagles Sevens star completely unphased in his stride. 

Clearly rattled and making critical errors themselves, Argentina was next called for a deliberate knock on and spent the remainder of the match a man down.

In perfect form, Captain Madison Hughes setup Perry Baker with a monster pass the width of the pitch for the racehorse to build another seven points into the 31-14 victory.  

Buzzing from an unbeaten Day One, the Men's Eagles Sevens will return tomorrow (Sun, Dec. 9) at 6:10 AM ET for a battle with England (2-1). Fans may visit watch.espnplus.com for all the live action.


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 | 38-17 (W)
vs. Argentina | 31-14 (W)

Cup Quarterfinals
vs England | 6:10 AM ET