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USA Men's Sevens overcome Kenya to meet Fiji in must-win Cup Semifinal

PARIS, FRA. - After a rough first half that gave Kenya a frightening upperhand, the Men's Eagles Sevens found a groove to come back in the second half and win 26-14, booking their ticket to a must-win Cup Semifinal against No. 1 Fiji. 

Kenya played a smart first half and used every U.S. mistake to build a 14 point lead. On the opening kickoff delivered by the Kenyans, the USA tipped the ball where Kenya kicked it forward and Madison Hughes reclaimed it, only for a penalty to be called on his side. From that, the Kenyans pulled the ball from the breakdown to leap over a ruck and score mid posts. 

The Kenyans scored their next try after stealing a U.S. lineout; and it wasn't until just before halftime that momentum swung back the other way. 

Swarmed by Kenyans, Ben Pinkelman and Martin Iosefo made runs to open space for Stephen Tomasin to just barely run into the try zone. 

Then in the second half, a penalty against Kenya set the United States back on track. Ben Pinkelman made another clinical run to give Carlin Isles room to score, after which Matai Leuta found enough space on the wing to add a second. 

With one minute remaining, Captain Madison Hughes swiftly moved around defenders to cruise through a gap and seal the final try at 26-14. 

The United States will next face Fiji in a must-win battle in order to remain in contention for their first ever World Series title. Overall, the Eagles Sevens need to earn three more World Series points than the Fijians to take the top placing. Kickoff is set for 9:23 AM ET on ESPN+ at usarug.by/ESPN7s


WORLD SERIES POINTS DELINEATION FOR SEMI-FINALISTS

Gold | 22 points
Silver | 19 points
Bronze | 17 points
Fourth | 15 points


MEN’S EAGLES SEVENS STAFF

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

 


HSBC PARIS SEVENS 2019 SCHEDULE

Pool C | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN Networks
vs Spain | 31-7 (W)
vs Samoa | 33-14 (W)
vs Canada | 26-12 (W)

Cup Quarterfinals 
vs Kenya | 26-14 (W)

Cup Semifinals
vs Fiji | 9:23 AM ET  


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