USA Eagles
19 12
Scotland
24 14
Men's Sevens  @ Cape Town Stadium
December 11, 201612:48 pm CAT
South Africa Sevens

Scotland continues run over U.S. in Cape Town Quarterfinal

 Martin Seras Lima

CAPE TOWN, South Africa - The Men's Eagles Sevens appeared in their first Cup Quarterfinal of the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Sunday at HSBC Cape Town Sevens, but had their medal hopes dashed by Scotland, 24-19, in an overtime thriller.

Captain Perry Baker added his fourth and fifth tries of the weekend in regulation time in the losing effort, which sets up Chris Brown's side for a clash with Fiji in the Fifth-Place Semifinal Sunday. The knockout match against the reigning Series champion is scheduled to kick off at 9:12 a.m. ET, with the live broadcast available on World Rugby's website.

The Eagles had success with the restarts on Day One in Cape Town and it continued through to the Quarterfinal against Scotland. Baker cut inside behind his own 22 with the first-minute possession to dodge three defenders for an easy, 80-meter run to the posts. The U.S. went right back on the attack from the ensuing restart, but an isolated Baker in the fourth minute conceded possession in the breakdown and Mark Robertson's kick deep bounced up conveniently for a try and 7-7 score.

Matai Leuta lost the ball in the breakdown from the next restart, and it took just one pass from Dougie Fife for Scott Wight to put the ball over the line, giving Scotland a 14-7 lead.

The U.S. ensured the closest thing to a clean start to the second half when Baker dotted down for his second try of the match just before halftime. The captain ran down the wing and cut between two defenders beyond midfield before finding Folau Niua in support. Baker got right back up to his feet and offered his own support to his teammate for the try and 14-12 score line at the break.

A knock against the Eagles in the ninth minute ended the first second-half attack for Brown's side, but Martin Iosefo nabbed the pass from the scrum inside the Scotland 22 to dot down under the posts. Stephen Tomasin converted for the U.S's second lead of the game at 19-14.

The Scotland defense looked to take away some of the width the Eagles were using with a rush-up defense, and forced a penalty out of Danny Barrett in the breakdown in the 11th minute only to lose it in open play. Baker weaved around three defenders at midfield before he had to get rid of the ball, and it found Scotland hands before a forward pass gave the Eagles a put-in.

Robertson broke a tackle in the middle of the field in the 13th minute, causing an overlap and enough room for James Fleming to beat the Eagles to the try line for a tie game, 19-19. The Eagles lost the ensuing restart forward and more handling errors by both teams ticked time away, sending the Quarterfinal into a sudden-death overtime period.

Scotland grabbed possession from the overtime restart and Joe Nayacavou broke through the gain line near the U.S. 22. Scotland recycled going forward and drew a penalty out of Iosefo in the breakdown along the touch-line paint, from which the quick tap was taken by Scott Riddell. Barrett took down Johnstone along the touch line and won the ball in the tackle area for Niua to slow things down with a kick to touch.

Baker was kept from stretching his legs on two opportunities in quick succession from the set piece, and a forward pass from Niua at midfield turned possession over to Scotland with fewer than two minutes remaining on the clock. Scotland's attack started deep and set up even deeper in its own half, and a high tackle at midfield was taken quickly by Nayacavou. George Horne drew another penalty seconds later and Riddell followed the tap to bring the match to an end at 24-19.

The Eagles will face Fiji in Cape Town's Fifth-Place Semifinal at 9:12 a.m. ET after the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games gold medalist fell to England in its own Cup Quarterfinal. The two met in the previously-named Plate Final in South Africa last season, with the Fijians running out winners. The match can be watched live on World Rugby's Sevens Series website.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Scotland

1. Kevon Williams

2. Matai Leuta

3. Danny Barrett

4. Alec Gletzer

5. Don Pati

6. Andrew Durutalo

7. Folau Niua

8. Maka Unufe

9. Stephen Tomasin

10. Anthony Welmers

11. Perry Baker (C)

12. Martin Iosefo

Scotland | v. USA

1. Scott Riddell

2. Dougie Fife

3. Fraser Lyle

4. James Johnstone

5. Nick McLennan

6. Mark Robertson

7. Jamie Farndale

8. Joe Nayacavou

9. George Horne

10. Scott Wight

11. James Fleming

12. Bobby Beattie

Men's Eagles Sevens | 19

Tries: Baker (2), Iosefo

Conversions: Tomasin (2)

Scotland | 24

Tries: Robertson, Wight, Fleming, Riddell

Conversions: Wight (2)

Men's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Cape Town Sevens

v. Australia - W 19-0

v. South Africa - L 28-10

v. Russia - W 26-17

Cup QF v Scotland - L 24-19 (OT)

Fifth-Place SF v. Fiji - Sunday, Dec. 11 @ 9:12 a.m. ET