Men's Sevens
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New Zealand
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Men's Sevens  @ Cape Town Stadium
Cape Town Sevens
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Men's Eagles Sevens defeat World Cup Champion New Zealand to make second-consecutive Cup Final

CAPE TOWN, RSA. - The Men's Eagles Sevens are going to their second-consecutive Cup Final of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019. With a highly momentous and impressing 12-31 victory over New Zealand, the Eagles Sevens have not only redeemed their Cup Final loss from Dubai Sevens last week, but have also locked in back-to-back medals for the first time in history. 

The New Zealand side made many mistakes in their rematch with the United States men. An abundance of penalties allowed the Eagles Sevens to completely dominate the match and employ the mesmerizing cohesion they've displayed all weekend in sweeping pool play and then defeating England in the Quarterfinals

Immediately on the kickoff, the USA demonstrated strength in attack. After Danny Barrett claimed the ball, Ben Pinkelman made a quick pass to Stephen Tomasin who scurried past two defenders to dot down, 0-5. Tomasin himself has been a dynamic threat through the tournament, scoring 43 points to make him the 3rd highest points scorer of HSBC Cape Town Sevens 2018. 

New Zealand gave the United States an advantage minutes later when -- after holding up two consecutive Eagles Sevens tries -- Folau Niua made a tap and go with a pass to Martin Iosefo to put the USA up 5-12. 

Possession was entirely owned by the Americans until the All Blacks Sevens advanced past the U.S. 22. But the play ended almost as quickly as it started when a decisive United States tackle and penalty on New Zealand pushed the ball right back into Eagles Sevens hands. 

Kicking to touch, USA's bulldozing wonder Danny Barrett went completely unhinged on the right flank to dot down again, 0-17. 

At the half, fans in Cape Town Stadium were screaming for the United States men. Such displays of relentless power and clear-cut decision making were punishing to the All Blacks Sevens. 

Then, at the start of the second-half, Captain Madison Hughes charged down the right flank to put the Eagles Sevens right back in New Zealand territory. Inside the 22 and within striking distance, Hughes passed to Folau Niua who quickly brought Perry Baker in the mix for another try on the left. 

A turnover won by the All Blacks Sevens gave them a moment of heroic play when Andrew Knewstubb ran down the middle to make it 7-24. 

However, two New Zealand penalties sandwiched outside a USA lineout gave Maceo Brown a chance to shine. Brown ran adamantly out wide to break the gain line and offload to Carlin Isles who's speed could not be matched by the opposition, 7-31. 

All Blacks Sevens' Taylor Haugh got one more try on the final play but the Eagles Sevens were far too ahead for it to make any difference, 12-31. 

Redeemed from their loss in last week's Cup Final, the Team USA men will be back for a gold medal match against 2016 Olympic Champion Fiji at 12:44 PM ET, LIVE on ESPN+

After defeating Fiji in Dubai knockout rounds last week, the Men's Eagles Sevens will be unyieldingly focused on producing that same mirrored result. 

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 & Results

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 | 19-12 (W)

Cup Semifinals
vs New Zealand | 7-31 (W)

Cup Final
vs Fiji | 12:44 PM ET