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The USA Falcons won the three-day Serevi Rugbytown Sevens Sunday, beating Denver 36-19 in the Cup Final. Denver and the Falcons were the two most dominant teams throughout the weekend, though Army was impressive.

Army won the Armed Forces National Championship by going 4-0 in the all-military pool and beating Air Force in the military championship game on Saturday. Army beat Mexico in the Cup Quarterfinals and lost narrowly, 22-14, to the Falcons in the semis.

The win marks the first of any tournament by the Falcons, who have competed in several, like Rugbytown 7s and the Las Vegas Invitational, over the past few years. USA 7s assistant Chris Brown coached the team and was assisted by Paul Golding.

Maka Unufe was the Falcons’ standout performer throughout the tournament, and his four-try effort in the final was the difference. He left the game at the end of the first half with a cut on his head, and ran in a second-half hat-trick with a taped up dome.

From the opening kickoff Denver displayed some stellar defense, repelling a long possession by the Falcons. When Denver finally got the ball after Perry Baker was called for holding on in the tackle, Ben Pinkelman offloaded through two tacklers to Gannon Moore, who outraced Nese Malifa for the game’s opening try.

Perry Baker put the Falcons on the board immediately thereafter. He got some room, split Michael Al-Jiboori and Kevon Williams to break the line and left Maximo DeAchaval empty handed on the attempted cover tackle.

Denver then made a rare mistake, allowing the Falcons to take the lead. Al-Jiboori laid a grubber that Malifa scooped up, and Maka Unufe was able to shimmy through the defensive line and cruise under the posts. All of the first three conversion attempts were made, so the Falcons led 14-7

Al-Jiboori almost nullified the mistake with a midfield break, but Unufe was able to catch him from behind, and the attempted offload to DeAchaval went to ground.

The Falcons then extended their lead right on halftime. Bobby Impson was called for entering a ruck from offside deep in Denver’s own end, and a simple penalty play saw Mike Ziegler run in untouched. The conversion was missed, and the Falcons led 19-7 at the break.

Unufe scored back-to-back tries and dug the hole a little deeper for Denver just after halftime. The got the first by catching an offload from Andrew Durutalo after a series of turnovers. The second came after Denver missed long on a defensive lineout. Malifa converted the latter to make it 31-7.

Taylor Howden got one back for Denver shortly after a Falcon penalty. He threw a hard dummy on Ryan Thompson and cut back for the try. Kevon Williams put five more on the board for Denver when an attempted switch between Don Pati and Thompson hit the ground. De Achaval converted the Howden try, so Denver trailed 31-19 with about 90 seconds left, but Unufe ran in his fourth try directly off the kickoff to seal the win. 

1stUSA Falcons
2ndDenver Elite
3rdNegro y Azul
5thNortheast ODA
T-7thAir Force
9thAll Americans
10thRoyal Air Force
T-11thUSA Hawks
T-11thRepublic of Texas
14thCoast Guard
FRIPool AArmy38-0Marines
FRIPool AArmy29-0Coast Guard
FRIPool AArmy26-12Navy
FRIPool ACoast Guard15-15Air Force
FRIPool BGlendale19-7Mexico
FRIPool BTexas12-5Bahamas
FRIPool CFalcons17-15Hawks
FRIPool CNegro y Azul26-17Bermuda
FRIPool DDenver21-7Northeast
FRIPool DAll Americans38-0Royal Air Force
FRIPool AAir Force24-5Navy
FRIPool AMarines24-14Coast Guard
FRIPool BGlendale33-14Texas
FRIPool BMexico42-0Bahamas
FRIPool CUSA Falcons26-7Negro y Azul
FRIPool CUSA Hawks12-12Bermuda
FRIPool DNortheast22-15All Americans
FRIPool DDenver28-14Royal Air Force
FRIPool AAir Force24-5Marines
FRIPool ACoast Guard14-10Navy
SATPool CUSA Falcons43-7Bermuda
SATPool CNegro y Azul22-14USA Hawks
SATPool DNortheast21-17Royal Air Force
SATPool DDenver24-14All Americans
SATPool ANavy26-14Marines
SATPool AArmy31-5Air Force
SATPool BGlendale45-0Bahamas
SATPool BMexico22-12Texas
SATMilitary FinalArmy26-15Air Force
SATBowl QFRoyal Air Force37-7Coast Guard
SATBowl QFUSA Hawks42-14Bahamas
SATBowl QFAll Americans36-7Navy
SATBowl QFTexas31-21Bermuda
SATCup QFArmy 26-19Mexico
SATCup QFUSA Falcons26-12Northeast
SATCup QFDenver28-10Air Force
SATCup QFNegro y Azul28-21Glenale
SUNShield SFCoast Guard19-5Bahamas
SUNShield SFBermuda17-7Navy
SUNBowl SFRoyal Air Force31-0USA Hawks
SUNBowl SFAll Americans24-7Texas
SUNPlate SFNortheast42-0Mexico
SUNPlate SFGlendale24-19Air Force
SUNCup SFUSA Falcons22-14Army
SUNCup SFDenver21-12Negro y Azul
SUNShield FinalBermuda29-14Coast Guard
SUNBowl FinalAll Americans19-12Royal Air Force
SUNPlate FinalNortheast35-7Glendale
SUN3rd/4thNegro y Azul17-10Army
SUNCup FinalUSA Falcons36-19Denver