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No. 1 USA Men's Sevens win Bronze medal in Hong Kong for sixth podium finish of the season

HONG KONG - The No. 1 Men's Eagles Sevens have won their sixth medal of the season (Bronze) at Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. 

Following a 1-2 finish in Pool D, a victory over South Africa in the Quarterfinals and an unfavorable loss to Fiji in the Semifinals, the United States rallied amidst last-minute injuries to defeat Samoa 22-10 in the Bronze Final. 

"We didn't take some moments in that semifinal against Fiji, in the red zone right at the 22, and we were the victim of some very unfortunate decisions that didn't go our way. But that's life, that's rugby. You got to take the rough and the smooth," said Head Coach Mike Friday. 

"Credit to the boys, we didn't deserve to be in those knockout stages. Rugby Gods shined on us and we stepped up and showed the real USA Rugby team." 

The opening attack went to Samoa who remained inside their own half, dropping the ball outside the touchline to give the USA an early scrum. From there, Matai Leuta broke open but back and forth knock-ons prevented either team from advancing. 

An offload from Kevon Wiliams, creating the perfect amount of space, allowed Maceo Brown to squeeze through the defense and dive over the tryline for a 5-0 lead. 

A Samoan knock-on led to Carlin Isles adding another as he tiptoed around the edge to escape and dot down right on the line. The try marked Isles ninth score of the weekend, reaching a new benchmark as no single-player has ever scored that many tries in one weekend at Hong Kong Sevens. The benchmark earned Isles a place on the HSBC Dream Team. 

From there, Samoa caught the Eagles Sevens off guard at the breakdown, adding their own try right of the posts to make it 10-5 at halftime. 

A massive run by Carlin Isles -- coupled with a pair of turnovers from both sides -- told the entire story of the game. Each team seemed to create their own mistakes with the United States simply better at capitalizing on their opposition. 

Samoa drew a yellow card, giving the USA a lineout from which Joe Schroeder came off the bench to add his first try of the weekend, 17-5. 

Employing physicality, Ben Pinkelman next forced a penalty at the breakdown, giving the United States yet another lineout within five meters of the tryzone. Samoa spread their defense out well but a toss from Kevon Williams to Joe Schroeder went back in the opposite direction to Marcus Tupuola who ran it in with no one nearby, 22-5. 

Samoa scored one final try in the corner with seconds remaining but it was all too late. After building a considerable lead, the United States had sealed its 22-10 victory and sixth medal win of the season with Bronze. The United States has also won four silver medals in Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton and Sydney, as well as a coveted Gold as defending Champions of their home stop in Las Vegas. 

The Men's Eagles Sevens will leave Hong Kong directly for Singapore where a favorable result could clinch Olympic qualification. Still the outright No. 1 ranked team in the world, with a seven-point lead in the standings, the United States has three more tournaments to make history. 

HSBC Singapore Sevens takes place from April 12-14 and will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN's family of networks. Updated matchups and schedules will be posted early next week. 


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 | 12-21 (W)

Cup Semifinals
vs Fiji | 19-28 (L)

Bronze Final
vs Samoa | 22-10 (W)


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