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The journey to a Rugby World Cup 7s championship was stopped short for the USA as England won 24-19 in overtime in the quarterfinals. The Eagles came back from a 19-7 deficit to tie the game before going to overtime. At the start of extra time, the Roses stole the kickoff and captain Tom Mitchell sent a deadly cross-field kick to Phil Burgess for the game-winning try. The USA will now play Scotland on Sunday at 11:56 am PST.
“The ball bounced their way,” Folau Niua said. “We give credit to them. They dominated us in the restart and that was supposed to be us. That’s the game of 7s. If the ball bounced the other way than that’s us.”
“We gave it all. We left everything out there on the field. I know we lost the game but for us, we did our best and that’s what we always do when we come to the field. We play for one another, it's just sad we come up short.”
Danny Barrett echoed his teammate saying, “It sucks. We lost at home in a World Cup quarterfinal. It’s not as easy as we would have liked to win that one. We gave it quite a bit there but as Folau said, it was the bounce of the ball can win or lose the game for us.”
“We got another chance down 19-7 and we fought back to give ourselves another chance in extra time. We pride ourselves at being the best in the world at the restart and they got us there. Credit them. That was a hell of a cross-field kick to score on to win. It was a ballsy move and it worked out.”
After an initial testing of the England defense, the USA spun it wide to Martin Iosefo, who bobbled the ball at first. The wing recovered and passed to Madison Hughes in support for the try. Hughes converted his own try for the 7-0 lead.
It didn’t take England long to respond as a contested restart was immediately run back by Dan Norton. Tied at 7-7, Wales picked up the pressure on defense and it was Norton again for the score as he beat Perry Baker to the corner. The game remained at 12-7 at the half.
The Roses started the second with a kickoff steal and Oliver Lindsay-Hague came off the bench to split the defenders up the gut for the score. Down 19-7, the Eagles began their comeback as Niua skipped it to Barrett who barreled down the sideline. Stopped short of the goal-line, he offloaded the Stephen Tomasin then to Niua for the try.
With the momentum, the USA stole the restart and after phase play, Tomasin passed to Baker who evaded his would-be tackler to dot it down under the posts. Hughes made the kick to tie and Tomasin was the savior off the kickoff with a tackle in the middle of the field. The period ended soon after sending the game to overtime.
Using the tactic the USA is known for, England stole the kickoff once again and Mitchell kicked the ball to the sideline where Burgess caught and dotted it down for the victory.