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Men's Sevens  @ BC Place Stadium
Canada Sevens

Men's Eagles Sevens avoid upset with second half comeback against Chile

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Fans at BC Place Stadium definitely thought they were watching another upset when the Men's Eagles Sevens concluded their first half against Chile. But after coming back with conviction and scoring four tries, the Eagles Sevens shutout the Chileans in the second-half to improve 2-0 in pool play at HSBC Canada Sevens. 

Now into the Cup Quarterfinals with one final game to determine tomorrow's seeding, the USA will look to come out on fire through all 14-minutes of play against South Africa (2-0). 

Chile were away with the first two tries of the game after taking the opening kickoff all the way within minutes and scoring again with great positioning from a scrum. 

The Eagles Sevens had trouble closing gaps around the Chileans and remaining physical enough to steal the ball back from the breakdown. It wasn't until the fifth-minute when Kevon Williams finally caught the Chileans off guard and broke wide open on the left flank to dot down middle of the posts, 7-12. 

On the final attack of the half, Chile made it past the 22 again and protected the ball well by rolling over the breakdown to make an offload for their third try of the match, 7-19. 

The halftime huddle could not come soon enough. Down by two tries and heading towards a massive loss, the United States desperately needed to reset.

During the break, they did just that. 

Chile made it deep into U.S. territory once more but lost the ball, allowing the Eagles Sevens to recover it on the bounce. A few quick phases landed in Ben Pinkelman's hands and the USA were finally on the board again, 14-19. 

With no time to waste, a huge line break for Captain Madison Hughes landed the Americans back on the Chilean side, where an offload to Carlin Isles sent the speedster down the stretch to tie, 19-19. 

The Eagles Sevens defense became sharper, pushing Chile to touch on a run where a lineout paved the way for perfect set piece play. 

There, Maceo Brown claimed a strong run to open just enough space on the wing for Carlin Isles to score his fifth try of the day, 26-19. 

With barely a minute left, an unsatisfied USA got the ball to Stephen Tomasin who ran pitch-length to close the game at 33-19. 

Where the first half was a defensive nightmare, the second half showed offensive strength. But the United States will need much more on both sides of the ball to overcome a brutal South African team gunning to rectify their Quarterfinal loss last week in Vegas. 

The match kicks off at 9:46 PM ET, LIVE on

Men's Eagles Sevens Staff

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

HSBC USA Sevens Schedule

Pool A | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN +

vs Wales | 40-14 (W)
vs Chile | 33-19 (W)
vs South Africa | Sat, Mar 9 - 9:46 PM ET

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