The Eagles went perfect on Hong Kong’s second day, defeating Scotland 19-14 and Argentina 33-5. The wins catapult them to a 3-0, first-place finish in Pool D and sets up a cup quarterfinal against England at 11:42 p.m. ET.
In the opening match of the day against Scotland, it took three tries from Perry Baker to build a 19-0 lead and some timely defense to hold onto it.
The first one came in the... Read More
Team USA opened its account at Hong Kong 7s with a 14-7 defeat of Russia. It was a grinding game that saw the American defense shine, as Russia owned the bulk of possession.
It took four minutes for either team to get on the board, and it was Folau Niua who broke the seal. The USA patiently went through several phases against a stingy Russian defense when Niua threw a hard dummy and pierced the... Read More
Anthony Welmers and Mike Te'o have replaced Pat Blair and Walt Elder as the Eagles ready for the Hong Kong and Singapore stretch of the World Series. Blair and Elder, both forwards, played in Las Vegas and Vancouver, and Welmers will step in as a forward option, while Te'o gives head coach Mike Friday another halfback and some versatility.
Traveling with the team as injury cover is Malon Al-... Read More
The pre-Asia high performance 7s camp running Wednesday through Monday will see several invited athletes vie for a spot on Team USA for the upcoming World Series legs in Hong Kong and Singapore. Included in the mix is Washington linebacker Psalm Wooching, who announced to much fanfare earlier this year he intended to pursue rugby upon graduating instead of a career in professional football.
Of... Read More
Team USA fell 28-24 to Fiji in the bronze medal match Sunday at BC Place in Vancouver. The Eagles matched the reigning World Series and Olympic champions in tries, but fell two conversions short. The second-straight top-four finish sees the USA move to fifth in the world standings.
The USA's opening restart wasn't taken cleanly, and Fiji took it off the bounce. An immediate chip and chase... Read More
For the second week in a row, Team USA ran into the seemingly unbeatable South Africa in the semifinals. And for the second week in a row, the Blitzbokke held on to win in dramatic fashion. The Eagles have lost to first-place South Africa, winners of four-out-of-five tournaments, five times this season, with the average point differential being 7.6. On three occasions, the games were decided by... Read More
Head coach Mike Friday couldn't have scripted a better start to the Vancouver 7s Saturday, pounding Japan 52-0. Getting to play Japan in the first round is the payoff for finishing third last week in Las Vegas, and it will serve them well if point differential comes into play, as well as by letting the Eagles get their bearings in a low-pressure match.
Friday was able to empty his bench in the... Read More
For the fourth time in five tournaments, South Africa is the champion. The Blitzbokke finished the weekend 6-0, but it wasn’t easy. They struggled against Wales in the end of pool play and had to grind out three-consecutive one-score wins against Australia, host USA and New Zealand, in the knockout stages.
The win is especially notable because they did it, for the first time this season, without... Read More
Team USA’s dream of reaching the cup final on home soil will continue to be just that after a 20-17 loss to South Africa Sunday at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. This marks three years in a row the Eagles have bowed out in the semifinals in Sin City and four all-time.
The game started as well as could be expected with the home team jumping out to a 12-0 lead, but South Africa stormed back with... Read More
The USA men seemed destined to be playing for fifth-place Sunday after conceding a 19-0 second-half deficit, but a remarkable comeback effort, led by reserve center Maka Unufe, resulted in a 21-19 win and a berth into Sunday’s semifinals.
This marks the third year in a row, but only the fourth time in the 14-year history of the USA Sevens, that the Eagles have made the semifinals on home soil.... Read More