Men's Sevens
21 14
South Africa
12 7
Men's Sevens  @ Hong Kong Stadium
Hong Kong Sevens
  James Doleman
Cup Quarterfinals

No. 1 USA Men's Sevens outshine South Africa, advance to Cup Semifinals in Hong Kong

HONG KONG - The No. 1 Men's Eagles Sevens would not let opportunity slip away in the Cup Quarterfinals of Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Cup. 

Focused and clear-minded after a 1-2 finish in Pool D, the Eagles Sevens delivered an impressive performance, keeping penalties to a minimum with a sharp offensive and defensive combination, to defeat No. 4 South Africa 21-12.  

The United States will next face 2016 Olympic Champions Fiji at 3:42 AM ET on ESPN Networks. 

South Africa won the first try left of the posts after some shaky ball handling by the United States, but Carlin Isles answered right back with a trademark run down the left flank to score in the corner. A brilliant kick by Madison Hughes pinged right off the posts to make it a tie game. 

The Eagles Sevens displayed a much-improved defensive execution, managing space and slowing down the ball well enough to keep South Africa out of the try zone. 

In the final play of the half, a nicely thrown offload to Carlin Isles had the speedster cruising along the right touchline to take the lead, 14-7.

South Africa scored their last try at the beginning of the second half as the USA spent the rest of game capitalizing on Blitzboks' mistakes. 

From a lineout inside their attacking half, Folau Niua made a run that was next paired with sharp passes from Captain Madison Hughes and Martin Iosefo. The combination of phases inside five-meters allowed Ben Pinkelman to get the ball and bully his way over the tryline, 21-12. 

With few minutes remaining, a forced penalty by Stephen Tomasin gave the U.S. a free kick. Two back-to-back lineouts -- sandwiched together by a South African penalty at the breakdown -- kept the ball in American hands until the final whistle. With a kick to touch, the Eagles Sevens had punched their ticket to the Semifinals where, regardless of the result, the World Series leaders will contest for their sixth medal of the season. 

The match kicks off at 3:41 AM ET on ESPN Networks.


Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens is broadcast across various ESPN networks including ESPN+, ESPNU, ESPN3 and others through the weekend. Fans should visit ahead of each match to confirm the exact location for the upcoming match. 

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

Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Schedule

Pool D | Broadcast LIVE on various ESPN Networks

vs Spain | 37-7 (W)
vs Wales | 19-21 (L)
vs England | 22-28 (L)

Cup Quarterfinals
vs South Africa | 21-12 (W)

Cup Semifinals
vs Fiji | 3:41 AM ET 


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