Men's Sevens
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South Africa
19 14
Men's Sevens  @ BC Place Stadium
Canada Sevens
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USA Men's Sevens drop Pool A finale to South Africa

VANCOUVER, B.C. - After two wins, the Men's Eagles Sevens dropped their final match of Pool A to South Africa 7-19 at HSBC Canada Sevens. 

Day one was tough for the United States who defeated Wales and overcame an upset to Chile before the South Africans dominated their final match. 

When asked what he thought the Eagles Sevens biggest challenge of the day was, USA's Marcus Tupuola said: "Getting started slow and in the Chile game we dug ourselves in a hole but we got back up. We've got to go fast and early to get the points up first." 

The Blitzboks held a monopoly on possession that came from patient play and opportunities from several USA mistakes. 

Making it into American territory on the opening kickoff, the Blitzboks used a penalty against the USA to tap and go and squeeze through a gap just five meters of the tryline. 

An error on the kickoff setup the Eagles Sevens to own the next attack, where a massive pass to Ben Pinkelman on just the second phase ignited a cascade of careful offloads. But under pressure, a pass to Carlin Isles went forward and before anyone knew it, South Africa had prime attacking position again. 

Working the ball edge to edge, the opposition made a short pass atop a USA defender and easily ran it in 14-0. 

The relentless South Africans were masters and wielding momentum and continued to put the United States under pressure. Knowing the Eagles Sevens were visibly spent made a tremendous impact in using the shortfalls of the game. 

Just before the half, a run by Stephen Tomasin moved the USA inside five meters where passing was both patient and frantic at the same time. With no luck on their side, the USA was called for a holding on penalty and both teams were sent into the break. 

The Americans turned the ball over in the breakdown when play resumed but a penalty against South Africa opened a significant opportunity. The Blitzboks forced the USA to fight for every inch until Carlin Isles broke free to clear enough meters for Stephen Tomasin to dot down, 7-14. 

Success on the scoreboard was, unfortunately, short-lived for the United States. With far too much space open on the wing, the South Africans escaped a Carlin Isles tackle to score in the corner, 7-19. 

A scrum down to South Africa on the final play was enough to close the gates and the USA was left with a stinging loss. 

Though it wasn't the best they've ever played, the Eagles Sevens have punched their ticket to the Cup Quarterfinals against England tomorrow. Kickoff is set for 2:52 PM ET, LIVE on watch.espnplus.com


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 | 7-19 (L)

Cup Quarterfinals
vs England | Mar 10 - 2:52 PM ET


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