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Singapore Sevens
  Craig Evans
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USA Men's Sevens advance to Cup Semifinals with victory over Argentina

SINGAPORE - Fight to the final whistle and you just might stay in the big dance. With a resilient defensive effort in the second half, the Men's Eagles Sevens defeated Argentina 12-10 in the Cup Quarterfinals at HSBC Singapore Sevens. 

Now the only team who has advanced to every Cup Semifinal this season, the first-ranked United States will need to display the same tenacious mentality to overcome South Africa next. 

Argentina came out of the gates firing, taking the first three consecutive possessions and scoring two identical tries in the opening minutes. With a 10 point lead, the South American side had made an early and worrisome statement. 

But the Argentinians first mistake allowed the USA to get back on the front foot, as Carlin Isles won a turnover and Argentina committed two penalties to put the USA past the gain line. 

Following a few patient phases, Captain Madison Hughes drew the defense in and Matai Leuta came charging over with perfect timing to snag the offload, break open and score mid posts, 7-10. 

With the restart, the USA was right back in business until a holding on penalty gave Argentina a lineout inside the U.S. half. It was here when the Eagles Sevens defense ignited something special, as Matai Leuta stole the ball from the Argentinian lineout and Stephen Tomasin cruised in with support to run it all the way for the lead, 12-10. 

Both Leuta and Tomasin have been completely invaluable resources to the United States, making runs and clearing space all weekend to give their side critical opportunities to score. 

The second half was all about the restart. Argentina quickly took possession and even found space to run pitch-length into the tryzone, but the try was stripped as a Carlin Isles tackle had forced the Argentinians to make contact with the dead ball line.  

Intensity reached an all-time high as each side still had enough time to swing the score in their favor. As tensions rose, Argentina committed multiple penalties; and with 20 seconds left, the USA took a lineout inside their half. 

Working tirelessly, the Eagles Sevens remained careful with ball-in-hand, milking the clock with every effort until finally, the siren blew and Folau Niua kicked to touch for the victory. 

The United States and South Africa will face off in the Cup Semifinals at 3:50 AM ET. 

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 Quarterfinals
vs Argentina | 12-10 (W)

Cup Semifinals
vs South Africa | 3:50 AM ET 

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