Men's Sevens
29 17
Canada
14 0
Men's Sevens  @ Twickenham Stadium
London Sevens
  Damian Schneider
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USA Men's Sevens advance to ninth straight Cup Semifinal with win over Canada

LONDON, ENG. - It wasn't a perfect game, but the Men's Eagles Sevens churned out a win. In the Cup Quarterfinals of HSBC London Sevens, the United States took an early 17 point lead until Canada caught up with two consecutive tries in the second half and the USA were just barely saved by a heroic effort from Kevon Williams in the final minute. 

Simple mistakes certainly held the United States back on many occasions though they still manage to monopolize possession for the bulk of the game. On the opening attack, the Eagles Sevens made it inside the 22 where a line break by Matai Leuta took the side within meters of the tryline -- until the ball was knocked on. From there, the USA forced physical counter-rucking to steal the ball from the Canadians and send Perry Baker over the line. 

Folau Niua made it over the line on the very next possession but the try was seemingly held up. After review, the TMO awarded a penalty try and the United States were up by 12. 

Just before halftime, Matai Leuta added another seven points; and though the Eagles Sevens had the last attack before the break, the ball was knocked on. 

With possession out wide to open the second half, Perry Baker added another score to put the United States on top 24-0 as the tables quickly started to shift. The Canadian side caught wind of a gap, ran through and made a swift offload in a chase down by Carlin Isles to end the shutout, 24-7. The USA tried to answer back with a grubber kick from Captain Madison Hughes until a knock on during the pickup gave a set piece back to the Canadians. 

From the scrum, Canada scored another try and fans at Twickenham Stadium could feel the nerves of an upset in the making.

But in the final minute, the Canadians committed a knock on themselves and Kevon Williams snagged the ball from the USA scrum and ran all the way down the pitch to claim the match-winning try. With the fulltime whistle blown, the United States had secured their ninth consecutive Cup Semifinal appearance. 

The ever-sharp Fijians will be up next after battling through and through in their own tightly contested matchup with Ireland. Kickoff is set for 10:10 AM ET, LIVE on usarug.by/ESPN7s


MEN’S EAGLES SEVENS STAFF

Head Coach | Mike Friday
Assistant Coach | Phil Greening
Assistant Coach | Anthony Roques 
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Jon Hood
Athletic Trainer | Brian Green
Team Manager | Scott Novack


HSBC LONDON SEVENS 2019

Pool D | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN Networks
vs Spain | 29-5 (W)
vs Wales | 28-26 (W)
vs Australia | 19-17 (W)

Cup Quarterfinals
vs Canada | 29-14

Cup Semifinals
vs Fiji | 10:10 AM ET

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