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USA Men's Sevens title defense continues with victory over France

LAS VEGAS, NV. - After an unsettling Day One, the Men's Eagles Sevens have defeated France to seal a place in the Cup Quarterfinals and continue their HSBC USA Sevens title defense on home soil. 

After claiming the opening drive, France was into the tryzone first but a defensive stance by Martin Iosefo and Stephen Tomasin held the try up in goal. 

Back-and-forth penalties in the scrum had possession bouncing on each side where USA Captain Madison Hughes made a chip kick to enter French territory but a penalty gave them right back the ball. 

More penalties continued until Eagles Sevens' Danny Barrett broke the gain line and the United States quickly moved the ball from edge to edge, teasing the French defense in the process. With the ball back on Barrett's side after a few tight phases, Ben Pinkelman captured a swift pass and ran right over the line, 5-0. 

Then, capitalizing on a another French penalty, the USA took a lineout and got the ball to Martin Iosefo who leaped over defenders to dot down at halftime, 12-0. Iosefo was into the tryzone again when play resumed, spotting a gap on the outside where he outran the French with precision to increase the lead 19-0. 

Despite owning a considerable lead thanks to French errors, the United States had reached a contentious point in the battle where it was imperative for defense to remain in tact. 

An opportunity for the U.S. was soon stripped after the squad won a turnover and knocked it on. France moved quickly into Eagles Sevens territory after the set piece, and overcame a tackle attempt by Stephen Tomasin inside the try zone to claim the score, 19-5. 

France broke the gain line again on the next possession and Matai Leuta drew a yellow card with only two minutes remaining. With the advantage, France exposed defensive gaps and scored a try in the corner, 19-10.

Having allowed the opposition to score two consecutive times and come within touching distance of tying the game, pressure increased as the Eagles Sevens title hung in the balance. 

But the final play delivered a favorable outcome when the Eagles Sevens won the ball from their own mid-field lineout and kicked to touch to seal the win, 19-10. 

Redeemed by the victory, the United States is now set to face South Africa in the Cup Quarterfinals at 9:10 PM ET, LIVE on watch.espnplus.com


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 | 24-26 (L)
vs France | 19-10 (W)

Cup Quarterfinals
vs South Africa | Mar 2 - 9:10 PM ET on ESPN+


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