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USA Men’s Sevens go unbeaten on Day One of HSBC Paris Sevens 2019

PARIS, FRA. – If there’s one thing the Men’s Eagles Sevens have proven, it’s that odds aren’t everything. After beating Spain in dominant fashion and overcoming the injury-loss of Folau Niua to beat Samoa, the United States came together once more in a shining display of its depth to overcome rival-Canada and win all three games of Pool C.

Now into the Cup Quarterfinals, the Eagles Sevens will face Kenya at 5:50 AM ET in the Cup Quarterfinals -- the first knockout stage in their quest to win the USA's first ever HSBC World Series title.

As the full team bound together to produce three winning results, Carlin Isles surpassed his 50th try of the season and Marcus Tupuola truly came into his own, scoring in every matchup of the day. 

“Fantastic to see Carlin go past 50 currently on 51 tries and that’s 100 tries in the last 2 seasons,” said Head Coach Mike Friday. “That is clear example of how consistent and a deadly finisher he is on the World Series. This is just a layer of the rugby player he has become especially in the last two years.

“Great to see Marcus also expressing himself on the pitch. He is a ball of energy -- so unorthodox in his attacking play -- which makes him unpredictable to defend against. He is continuing to contribute positively both in attack and defense and his energy is infectious in the group.”

The United States were absolutely clinical against the Canadians – despite a few mistakes, of course, as success isn’t always carved out of perfection. Canada scored immediately on the opening kickoff and did well to hold the United States behind halfway on their first attack.

But the Eagles Sevens moved the ball from edge to edge, finding their way back to the middle where Martin Iosefo broke open for the first try. A tackle by Carlin Isles on the next Canadian attack forced the ball loose, allowing Iosefo to scoop it up and toss it back to Isles for the try.

In an intense final minute of the half, Canada had the ball again and continued to bobble it around until Marcus Tupuola won a turnover and nearly dotted down. Tupuola finally got his try in the second half, as Perry Baker and Stephen Tomasin used two good carries to open up space and help the youngster fly through the middle.

Canada managed to stay on top of the ball on their next attack, tossing an overhead pass to a man out wide to bring the score within touching distance at 19-12.

While time did remain for a comeback, the United States had the last word as Maceo Brown made a convincing run to draw in defenses and give Kevon Williams the opening for a try at fulltime, 26-12.

Winning Pool C and advancing to the Cup Quarterfinals was only the first step in a crucial weekend. Fiji have also topped their pool, meaning they’ll enter the same track as the U.S. and both teams could meet in the Semifinals. 

Nevertheless, as the USA return for tomorrow's knockout stages, the culmination of a season will ensue.

Watch LIVE on ESPN+ at usarug,by/ESPN7s.


MEN’S EAGLES SEVENS STAFF

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

 


HSBC PARIS SEVENS 2019 SCHEDULE

Pool C | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN Networks
vs Spain | 31-7 (W)
vs Samoa | 33-14 (W)
vs Canada | 26-12 (W)

Cup Quarterfinals 
vs Kenya | 5:50 AM ET 


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