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USA Men's Sevens qualify for Cup Quarterfinals in Singapore with Pool Play Sweep

SINGAPORE - Three wins in Pool C and the Men's Eagles Sevens have punched their ticket to the Cup Quarterfinals in Singapore. 

Injuries continue to pile up as Brett Thompson was forced out of competition and reserve Pat Blair was activated in his stead. The Eagles Sevens roster continues to shine in depth, however, as players of all positions rise up to challenge the top competition on the Series Circuit for a chance at qualifying for Tokyo 2020. 

"It's been a tough day for us today, starting with Martin's injury and then having to absorb further injuries throughout the day, yet the boys continue to stay focused and play with a 'circle the wagons' mentality," said Head Coach Mike Friday.

"I am very pleased with the collective spirit and the dawg pack behavior the boys are showing towards each other as they fight for one another on the pitch. We have another very tough day ahead tomorrow." 

Victories over Wales (31-12) and Kenya (17-14) opened the gates despite some notable challenges in keeping errors and penalties at bay. Regardless of the hiccups, the United States remained in complete control against England, claiming the first three consecutive possessions and scoring tries on two of them. 

A run from Marcus Tupuola sent the English an early message, after which the entire USA squad moved the ball from left to right -- twice over -- until Captain Madison Hughes squeezed through space to dot down in the corner. Matai Leuta added another perfect run right after, where Ben Pinkelman moved the ball from the breakdown to an open Stephen Tomasin on the edge who made it 10-0. 

England's Dan Norton scored his side's only try on the next attack, escaping a tackle from Matai Leuta after a quick tap and miss pass gave him the space. 

Just before halftime, Stephen Tomasin broke open on the left flank, moving the U.S. side deep in English territory yet again. A duo of newbies and a veteran then combined in Maceo Brown's offload to Folau Niua, and then in Niua's offload to Marcus Tupuola for the try, 17-7. 

The United States continued to remain sharp and patient, taking every phase as it came and slowing the ball down enough to think before each reaction. To their credit, England's defense didn't make it easy. The side managed space and covered the edges well enough to make the Americans work for every inch. 

With almost no space on his side, Kevon Williams made magic, running his way around England's defenders and away from the ever-talented Dan Norton to dot down mid posts, 22-7. Ben Broselle equally stunned audiences when Norton broke wide open in the middle and was stopped on an immaculate tackle by Broselle -- a newcomer only in his third tournament. 

The tackle sealed the win as time expired and the United States went hissing into a berth in the Cup Quarterfinals. 

Head Coach Mike Friday and the Eagles Sevens will face Argentina at 11:52 PM ET on ESPN+. 

BROADCAST: usarug.by/ESPN7s 


MEN’S EAGLES SEVENS STAFF

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


HSBC SINGAPORE SEVENS 2019

Pool C | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN +

vs Wales | 31-12 (W)
vs Kenya | 17-14 (W)
vs England | 22-7 (W)

Cup Quartefinals
vs Argentina | 11:52 PM ET

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