It was a turbulent day two for the USA Men in Las Vegas. Things looked great for a while, then terrible for a while, and then great again. The day wrapped up on a definite high note as the Eagles headed off to rest and prepare to play South Africa in the cup semi-finals.
In their first match, which was their final pool play match, they gave up a lead against England and lost in the last play of... Read More
After falling to New Zealand 7-12 in the cup semi-finals, the USA Women’s 7s had the chance to play Canada in the bronze medal match of the Las Vegas 7s. This was a tough matchup for USA. This is the second tournament in a row in which these two sides finished with a match against each other—the teams last played in the Sydney cup final. They had gone head-to-head 14 times with Canada winning 12... Read More
In a rematch from the first match on Friday, the USA Women opened their second day in Las Vegas with a cup quarter final against Ireland. In their pool play match, USA was up 21-12 in the second half before ultimately losing 24-21. On Saturday morning, though, they made no mistake and won 20-12 to advance to the cup semi-finals.
Alev Kelter’s opening kick started the match, but neither side... Read More
Things went just about as well for the USA Men on Friday in Las Vegas as they could have. They are all-but through to the cup quarterfinals after two wins from two matches, beating Samoa 24-12 and Chile 31-0.
Danny Barrett was one of the standouts tonight. He scored three tries against Samoa and another against Chile. “It might be the best I’ve ever played,” said Barrett, in a manner that... Read More
The first match in Pool B was USA v Samoa. The Eagles opened their 2017 Las Vegas leg with a comfortable 29-5 win.
The last time the sides met was in Wellington when USA won 24-12. Prior to tonight’s match, USA had lost twice to Samoa in Las Vegas and not defeated them here.
Samoa regathered the opening kick, but the opening few passes were sloppy. Samoa struggled at the breakdown early and... Read More
In their second match at the Las Vegas 7s, the USA Women faced Spain. Both Spain and USA entered the match 0-1, with USA losing to Ireland and Spain falling to Fiji. The Eagles played a strong second half and won 22-7.
USA regathered Alev Kelter’s opening kick and were immediately in Spain’s 22. Kelly Griffin went to the short side from a ruck and passed to Katherine Zackary who went into the try... Read More
The Las Vegas 7s opened with the USA Women taking on Ireland. Ireland came back from a second half deficit and won 24-21.
After the first two rounds of the Women’s World Series, the USA entered the weekend in sixth place in the standings, but with momentum from a cup finals appearance at the last stop in Sydney. Ireland were in ninth place, though they have shown the ability to beat anyone and... Read More
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Beating Kenya was important, and not just because it was the Cup quarterfinal at the USA Sevens. It was important because at the last tournament, in Sydney, the Eagles held a 21-0 second-half lead over Kenya before crumbling to lose the Plate semifinal, 24-21.
“That game was personal, not only for me with my heavy affection for the Kenyan people who I love, but also for our boys. We had to right... Read More
South Africa pulled away from the United States in the Pool D finale Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium to claim a 29-0 win and clean sheet through group play. The result sets the Blitzboks up with a Cup quarterfinal match with New Zealand.
The Eagles finished pool play 1-1-1, eking through to the top eight for a record seventh-straight tournament. Canada’s loss to Wales the game prior sealed the USA’s... Read More