Men’s Eagles Sevens roll through Toronto 2015 pool

TORONTO – The Men’s Eagles Sevens defeated Chile, Mexico, and Uruguay Saturday to claim the top seed out of pool play at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

The U.S. scored 20 tries in 42 minutes at Exhibition Stadium, where Sunday’s quarterfinal matchup against Guyana kicks off at 11:11 a.m. ET.

Two tries from Carlin Isles sent the Eagles into halftime against Chile with a 12-0 lead to start the day. Chile’s sole score, the only points the U.S. conceded on the day, split second-half tries from Martin Iosefo and Madison Hughes, as the Eagles began the multi-sport event with a 26-7 win.

Perry Baker and Mike Te’o each recorded a brace in the Eagles’ 48-0 shutout of Mexico before eight individuals dotted down in-goal in the 52-0 defeat of Uruguay.

Head Coach Mike Friday’s thoughts on the first day in Toronto:

To be fair, Chile are a good team. Big lads, very physical, bit of pace. They looked after the ball well. We were slightly inaccurate in some of our tackling. We were going a bit too high and the Chileans were getting go-forward ball. They line-broke us – and it was probably the most that’s happened all year, if I’m honest. Part of that was boys just settling in, part of it was lack of concentration, and then credit to the Chilean players, who were physical and took advantage.

First games are always a bit odd and whoever’s starting has to find their feet. Once we had the benefit of the first game, when all 12 got on the pitch, they were a lot more settled in, a lot more comfortable, and composed.

We talked about today being kind of like a school day; we’d have to learn as we went. We did our video work [after the Chile match]: what we did well and what we didn’t do so well, more importantly, then we went out and corrected that in the second game. It was just a better, more accurate performance all around from all 12 of them.

It’s pleasing to see different try-scorers on the paddock because that means we’re dangerous from wherever we decide to attack. That last performance was comprehensively our best performance.

[Guyana has] some fast, strong athletes, but we’re just going to have to build on our first day’s performances and our discipline, and our momentum in defense and accuracy in attack. Hopefully we can control the pitch and control the game, and move on through the competition.

Men's Eagles Sevens | Toronto 2015 Pan American Games

1. Carlin Isles

2. Patrick Blair

3. Brett Thompson

4. Garrett Bender

5. Mike Te'o

6. Stephen Tomasin

7. Will Holder

8. Ben Leatigaga

9. Nate Augspurger

10. Madison Hughes (C)

11. Perry Baker

12. Martin Iosefo

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Chile (W 26-7)

Tries: Isles (2), Iosefo, Hughes

Conversions: Augspurger (2), Te'o

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Mexico (W 48-0)

Tries: Te'o (2), Baker (2), Thompson, Iosefo, Tomasin, Augspurger

Conversions: Hughes (3), Te'o

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Uruguay (W 52-0)

Tries: Hughes, Isles, Iosefo, Baker, Bender, Blair, Tomasin, Leatigaga

Conversions: Hughes, Augspurger (5)

Men's Eagles Sevens | Toronto 2015 Pan American Games

v. Chile - W 26-7

v. Mexico - W 48-0

v. Uruguay - W 52-0

v. Guyana - Sunday, July 12 - 11:11 a.m. ET