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USA Mens Sevens to contest for Bronze medal after loss to Fiji in intense Semifinal

LONDON, ENG. - The heaviness of a loss can be gripping. Especially when that loss hinges on a season filled with momentous highs. In the Cup Semifinals at HSBC London Sevens, the Men's Eagles Sevens fell 10-17 in an intense and physical matchup with Fiji. Despite a focused defensive effort, uncharacteristic knock ons were detrimental to the U.S. and paved the way for the Fijian side to stay ahead of the scoreline. 

Still contesting for a Bronze medal, still intently focused on making history as a group --  the United States are now facing France in the Bronze Final at 12:32 PM ET on usarug.by/ESPN7s

“It’s an unfortunate result and we are always disappointed to lose any game, this is no exception. We made some small errors in attack which allowed Fiji to disrupt at the breakdown," said Head Coach Mike Friday. "However whatever happens the rest of the day this Series is going to the final weekend and we have a great opportunity ahead of us.”

The USA were into the try zone first when a penalty against Fiji gave them a lineout where Captain Madison Hughes took the ball within meters of the tryline. There, Martin Iosefo captured a pass and drove it right in the corner at 5-0.

One of many massive contests for the ball pummeled the Fijian breakdown but the United States fell prey to a penalty in the mix and Fiji were away with it, 5-7. 

After an Eagles Sevens knock on, Fiji slid into the zone in the corner but managed to slip a foot out of touch and lose the try. As rain began to fall over Twickenham Stadium, the United States lost an attacking opportunity on a penalty right at halftime. 

Physicality at the breakdown continued on almost every possession until another penalty against the USA gave Fiji a scrum. From the set piece, the Fijian side ran to the end goal, flipped over the line to sneakily dot down in the corner and make it 5-12.

The score was still within reach and regardless of being held back by mistakes, the Eagles Sevens had kept themselves within cracking distance of capturing the score. It was anyone's game. 

Under tremendous pressure, the USA continued to advance the ball on their next attack but were pushed to touch by Fiji. From the lineout, Kevon Williams made another heroic pitch length run to bring life to the U.S. side with minutes to spare. 

Insane goal line defense applied by the United States forced Fiji to scramble for minutes. But, as luck would have it, the Fijians did well to get a man open on the wing and a long pass in his direction put the match in the dust, 10-17. 

Understandably disappointed knowing their own capabilities, the USA side will now set focus on capturing their seventh medal of the season against France. 


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 | 10-17 (L)

Bronze Final
vs France | 12:32 PM ET 

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