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USA Men's Sevens finish fourth in Singapore, still hold No. 1 World Ranking

SINGAPORE - After a hotly contested battle against England in the Bronze Final, the Men's Eagles Sevens fell 7-28 to take fourth-place at HSBC Singapore Sevens and add 15 rankings points to their World No. 1 position. 

Following a sweep of Pool C including wins over Wales, Kenya and England, the United States defeated Argentina in the Cup Quarterfinals only to fall to eventual Singapore Champion South Africa in the Semifinal. 

Meeting for the second time this weekend, both England and the United States were in radical form, fighting tooth and nail for possession at every breakdown knowing the magnitude of what's at stake. 

England currently sit fifth place in the Series rankings where the top four teams at the end of the season will qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Only two tournaments remain in London (May 25-27) and Paris (June 1-2) for teams to meet that position. 

Two early yellow cards on USA's Joe Schroeder and England's Richard de Carpentier set the tone early. The U.S. took the first points of the match when Marcus Tupuola employed a pick and go at the ruck -- within five meters of the tryline -- and snuck through space to score.

An intense battle of turnovers ensued shortly after, where England -- headed right for the try zone -- threw a loose pass right into the hands of the USA. The Americans ran it back quickly until a poor offload of their own landed right back on the English side and Dan Norton took it straight to the tryline, 7-7. 

Norton drew England's second yellow card next, followed by a red card on USA's Joe Schroeder which forced the U.S. to play a man down for the rest of the game. 

With tensions at an all-time high, the halftime siren blew and the ball remained in play for almost three minutes where both teams had an opportunity to attack. England had the final say, however, increasing their lead to 7-14 at the break. 

Heroics were well on display by the Eagles Sevens in the second half, beginning with a massive line break by Kevon Williams that almost went all the way. Then, Ben Pinkelman made an equally massive tackle on an English line break and stood right back up to collect the loose ball within seconds. 

England ultimately recovered the ball and scored twice before fulltime, despite a continued relentless fight by the USA. 

Though they missed out on a podium finish this weekend, the United States has battled through unforeseen and compromising injuries to key players in Perry Baker, Danny Barrett and Martin Iosefo, yet new and veteran players continue to step up and meet the demands of a heavily competitive Olympic qualifying season. 

The Eagles Sevens still hold the No. 1 ranking with a two-point lead over second-place Fiji, 15 points over third-place New Zealand, 24 points in front of fourth-place South Africa and 38 ahead of fifth-place England. 

The USA will head back to the Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista before the final two legs of the Series kickoff with London (May 25-27) and Paris (June 1-3) on ESPN Networks. 

BROADCAST: usarug.by/ESPN7s 


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


HSBC SINGAPORE SEVENS 2019

Pool C | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN +

vs Wales | 31-12 (W)
vs Kenya | 17-14 (W)
vs England | 22-7 (W)

Cup Quarterfinals
vs Argentina | 12-10 (W)

Cup Semifinals
vs South Africa | 12-24 (L)

Bronze Final
vs England | 7-28 (L)

VIEW LIVE POOL DRAW FOR UPDATED MATCHUPS 



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