Men's Sevens
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New Zealand
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Men's Sevens  @ Sam Boyd Stadium
USA Sevens
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Men's Eagles Sevens reach unprecedented 5th straight HSBC Final

LAS VEGAS, NV - There truly seems to be no stopping this 2019 Men's Sevens team. After another semifinal appearance, the United States has once again reached the gold medal final to make an unprecedented fifth straight. Defeating New Zealand 24-19 with a Carlin Isles try at the death, the US will move on to face Samoa in the HSBC USA 7s final at 7:30pmET. 

The early going of this semifinal ultimately seemed to be out of the Men's Seven's hands with New Zealand twice taking advantage of an uncovered outside flank to jump to a 12-0 lead with half time approaching. Folau Niua however fooled his defenders with a rare race away try up the middle, putting the US on the board as teams went to break.

The second half would prove to be a different story. Carlin Isles was activated with some brilliant support. First scoring after a crucial restart takeaway and the next coming after Stephen Tomasin drove the ball to 5 meters out and clean ball movement found Isles on the outside. USA Stretch their lead to 19-12. 

With three minutes on the clock, New Zealand kept things interesting with a Tim Mikkelson try and crafty conversion from Kurt Baker. All knotted up with time ticking away. 

The final series of the match would sway entirely in the United States favor as New Zealand committed 4 penalties along the way, allowing the Eagles Sevens to advance down-field on discipline. A fifth penalty from only meters out gave the US an opportunity to kick for posts and the 3 point lead, but Mike Friday's squad elected to put the match away with no window for New Zealand. Continuing towards the try zone, Carlin Isles polished off a hat trick with a grab-and-go try run from the ruck. 

Leaping towards the home crowd, Isles and his team celebrated a fifth consecutive Cup finals appearance. Having done the same in Las Vegas last year, the team will look to repeat. 

Catch the Cup final at 7:30pmET on the ESPN networks with exact broadcast details to be announced shortly on USA Rugby Twitter.


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