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Men's Eagles Sevens prevail over Kenya in opener of USA Sevens title defense

LAS VEGAS, NV. - The USA Men's Eagles Sevens have prevailed 26-10 over Kenya in the opening match of their HSBC USA Sevens title defense.

It was a match where the Eagles Sevens showed defensive promise on a number of occasions, but at critical points allowed the Kenyans to display dominance and run away with two of their own tries.

In a tournament where the United States is not only fighting to preserve their hot streak of four-straight silver medals, but also to make history where it counts the most, the stakes are at the utmost high. 

Kenya was good at winning territory throughout the game and even made it into the tryzone within the opening minutes, despite being held up in goal. The Eagles Sevens converted a set piece play into a massive run by Danny Barrett, with a toss to Carlin Isles that carved up a beautiful try on the edge. 

The Kenyans took it to the outside again but the USA defense had to work hard to hold them back. Embedded in physicality, the United States saw fit to steal the ball from the breakdown with Kenya five meters from the tryline, where Carlin Isles broke open for a pitch-length score, 12-0. 

But Kenya started to catch up when a penalty against the U.S. opened the gates for them to tap and go, then sneak around the side to make it 12-5 at halftime. 

After claiming the second-half kickoff, Kenya committed their own penalty and gave the United States a lineout within five meters of the tryzone. From the set piece, Stephen Tomasin overcame defenders to spin around and just barely dot down on the line, 19-5. 

As time neared its close, space on the left flank opened like a flood gate and Captain Madison Hughes came rushing in to nail a try on the edge, 26-5. 

Though the scoreline wouldn't show it, Kenya was making the United States work hard. Pressure mounted in the final minutes of the match where Kenya was awarded a scrum, won the ball and outran Carlin Isles to put one over, 26-10. 

With seconds remaining and one final play to go, the United States anxiously kicked possession out of touch and the referee blew fulltime. 

The Eagles Sevens will return for one more match against Argentina (1-0), tonight at 10:51 PM ET, LIVE on

Men's Eagles Sevens Staff

Head Coach | Mike Friday
Assistant Coach | Anthony Roques
Assistant Coach | Phil Greening
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Jon Hood
Athletic Trainer | Brian Green
Team Manager | Scott Novack

HSBC USA Sevens Schedule

Pool B | Broadcast LIVE on various ESPN Networks
All times Eastern

vs Kenya | 26-10 (W)
vs Argentina | Fri, Mar 1 - 10:51 PM
vs France | Sat, Mar 2 - 4:26 PM 

Knockout rounds for Pool B begin Sat, Mar 2 at 7:30 PM

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