Men's Sevens
31 19
Wales
12 5
Men's Sevens  @ The National Stadium
Singapore Sevens
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USA Men's Sevens defeat Wales in opening match of HSBC Singapore Sevens

SINGAPORE - Despite a last-minute injury to Martin Iosefo, the Men's Eagles Sevens managed to defeat Wales and take an opening win at the eighth stop of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Singapore. 

Already missing key playmakers in Perry Baker and Danny Barrett, the Eagles Sevens continue to show the breadth of their roster as new players stepped up to overcome a flurry of penalties and put the first match of Pool C in the dust. 

The first few minutes were brimming with mistakes as both teams struggled to find their rhythm in a notably intense atmosphere. Wales found the try zone first after a U.S. mistake but knocked the ball forward in the midst of a tackle by Folau Niua.

Still early, with momentum in a neutral position, penalties continued until a hot step by Matai Leuta paved the way for a notable run by Ben Pinkelman. Keeping the ball alive, Pinkelman tossed back to Leuta on an incoming tackle where Captain Madison Hughes snagged the ball and finished the job mid posts. 

Wales managed their spacing well and got Afon Bagshaw open on the edge to score next, but a run by Maceo Brown and an opening for Folau Niua to dash past defenders kept the score shifted on the USA side, 14-5. 

Brown and Niua combined again after a break from Carlin Isles moved the ball into Welsh territory and then shifted it back over to the left side. From there, Maceo Brown drew defenders in and tossed to Folau Niua for a try in the corner, 19-5.

A loose pass from Wales was intercepted by Brett Thompson on the opening play of the second half and the United States was up one more. The Welsh were able to rectify their mistake minutes later, however, after the USA knocked the ball on, conceded a scrum and Ethan Davies escaped a tackle on the edge to score. 

Up by plenty, the Eagles Sevens put the match away with a classic try from Carlin Isles who burned it on the edge in trademark fashion, 31-12. Isles is currently five tries away from passing Perry Baker and becoming the United States' all-time leading try scorer. 

Match two will up the intensity of competition even more as the USA faces Kenya at 2:34 AM ET. The Kenyans just fell to England 36-7 and the Eagles Sevens will need to bring twice the energy and an equal level of grit to overcome the Kenyan force now ravenous for a win. 

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 | Sat, Apr 13 - 2:34 AM ET
vs England | Sat, Apr 13 - 6 AM ET

VIEW LIVE POOL DRAW FOR UPDATED MATCHUPS 



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