Men's Sevens
29 0
South Africa
10 0
Men's Sevens  @ Sam Boyd Stadium
USA Sevens

Men's Eagles Sevens defeat South Africa in thrilling performance to make Cup Semifinals

LAS VEGAS, NV. - Now that's the team on fire we all remember. After a thrilling performance in the Cup Quarterfinals, the USA Men's Eagles Sevens defeated South Africa 29-10 to continue their HSBC USA Sevens title defense in the Cup Semifinals. 

"That last performance is the DNA we expect from each other and I am immensely happy that we finally gave a performance that represents us as we want to be. Especially, after three very disappointing games by our standards, where the only real positive we took from that pool stage was that we fought and found a way to drag ourselves into the quarterfinals," said Head Coach Mike Friday. 

"We can look forward to tomorrow with excitement as we have another opportunity to represent the USA rugby community at home in what will be a hugely physical and intense game against New Zealand."

The United States won the first try after stealing the ball from a South African scrum and charging it back inside the 22. There, Danny Barrett caught the ball on the left flank and bullied his way across the tryline with pace to score 5-0. 

Stephen Tomasin added another with a sharp pass from Carlin Isles who plucked the ball from the ruck and identified enough space on the edge for Tomasin to break wide open, 12-0. 

A penalty against the USA allowed South Africa to make it inside the 22 but a loose pass handed possession right back over. With the ball, Carlin Isles broke the gain line for a strong run and tossed it to Martin Iosefo who snuck through the gaps to add another, 19-0.

South Africa made one more attacking attempt before halftime but a penalty allowed the USA to kick to touch for the break. 

When play resumed, an offload to Ben Pinkelman and another Martin Iosefo - Carlin Isles relay allowed Isles to quickly bolt across the line to score in the corner. 

And with absolutely no time to waste, USA claimed the restart and Matai Leuta was into the tryzone within seconds, 29-0.

Having built a substantial lead, the United States was delivering a performance that fans at Sam Boyd Stadium were raucous for. The Eagles Sevens side was powerful, fast and just physical enough to shift momentum to their side completely. 

South Africa had their way in the final minutes, however, using their own wit to get the ball on the edge and dot down with no one around them, 29-5. 

A mirror play allowed the opposing side to score again, 29-10, on the final play but it wasn't enough. With the considerable lead built by the United States, the referee blew fulltime and the Eagles Sevens were into the Cup Semifinals. 

The United States is up for an intense rematch on home soil with a New Zealand side who defeated them last month in the Sydney Sevens Cup Final. Kickoff is set for 4:12 PM ET, LIVE on ESPN Networks.

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 USA Sevens Schedule

Pool B | Broadcast LIVE on various ESPN Networks
All times Eastern

vs Kenya | 26-10 (W)
vs Argentina | 24-26 (L)
vs France | 19-10 (W)

Cup Quarterfinals
vs South Africa | 29-10 (W)

Cup Semifinal
vs New Zealand | 4:12 PM ET

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