Men's Sevens
27 10
Samoa
0 0
Men's Sevens  @ Sam Boyd Stadium
USA Sevens
  Richard Kelly

Men's Sevens claim consecutive gold medal Las Vegas victories

LAS VEGAS, NV - It's been a storied year in 2019 for the Men's Sevens, with four consecutive cup final appearances through the beginning of the series. Settling for silver each time, the squad just needed a little American spirit. Shutting out Samoa, 27-0, the United States will once again lift the trophy at Sam Boyd Stadium. 

"Just immensely pleased and proud of the boys if I'm honest with you," noted Head Coach Mike Friday after the win, "to have the opportunity to play in front of the USA Rugby community and all these passionate fans and their families is why they all play the game. They have done an amazing job representing the USA on the world stage."

The match itself was, top-down, a very complete game. Clean offloads and field awareness kept consistent pressure on Samoa, proving the team was nothing short of locked in for the final. Counter rucks were the theme with two coming from Matai Leuta and Folau Niua in crucial moments. Leuta would convert one into a try of his own in the 4th minute.

Ben Pinkelman carried in two tries as well, both with brilliant line breaks. Assists from Pinkelman supported the shut out just the same, feeding Captain Madison Hughes for a race-away try. Tack on a score from rookie Maceo Brown with expired time and there you have it. Cue the fans on the field and one of the greatest celebration experiences in American sports. 

"Credit to the boys," Friday continued, "Their work ethic is first class, their humility is on point and the way they are compassionate and supportive of each other is just getting better and better."

With the win, the United States move solely into first place on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Now halfway through what has been repeatedly recognized as an important season given Olympic qualification, the Men's Eagles Sevens have assuredly positioned themselves as the team to beat. 

Time to defend that status begins in a few short days as the team heads to Vancouver. But for now, it's a night for the team and supporting fans to soak in another historic win.


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 | 24-19 (W)

Cup Final 
vs Samoa | 27-0 (W)


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