Barrett double gives Eagles Semifinal berth in Wellington

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - The HSBC Wellington Sevens Challenge Trophy Semifinals await the Men's Eagles Sevens following a 19-14 defeat of Japan Saturday.

Danny Barrett dotted down twice in the victory and Carlin Isles scored his first try on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series since his 10-month hiatus, though Martin Iosefo appeared to suffer an injury in the late stages of the Quarterfinal at Westpac Stadium. The U.S. will face Kenya in the Semifinals at 9 p.m. ET, with the live broadcast available to viewers in the United States on World Rugby's website.

The Eagles were able to start the game on their own terms with possession, utilizing a lineout from a penalty to enter Japan's half. Stephen Tomasin won the ball back in the breakdown following a knock against the U.S., which gave Isles space to make a run down the touch line. Japan cornered the Eagle before he could reach the try line, but the attack continued for Iosefo to set up Barrett for a try with a one-handed offload in contact.

Turnovers and ill-discipline cost the Eagles in the remaining two minutes of the first half, as Hisayoshi Matsuoka leveled the score at 7-7 in the sixth minute before a penalty tap caught the U.S. out of shape in seventh minute. Dai Ozawa dotted down to give Japan a 14-7 lead at halftime.

The Eagles were fortunate to capitalize on Japan's misplaced lineout throw in the ninth minute, with Barrett acting as a one-man wrecking ball to draw level. Catching the high throw behind the jumpers, he used a fend on one defender and sent another to the ground with his shoulder before beating the final two would-be tacklers for his third try of the tournament.

A set play from a Japan penalty in the 11th minute gave the Eagles the opportunity to unleash Isles. Movement in the midfield drew defenders inside around the 22 and Niua's looping pass put Isles in space to score the match-winning try. Japan did throw a last attack at the U.S. try-line - and forced the match official to show Andrew Durutalo a yellow card at the tail end of a barrage of penalties - but the Eagles held firm to see out the 19-14 win.

Kenya defeated Russia in its own Quarterfinal Saturday to advance to the Semifinals of the Challenge Trophy bracket, which will kick off against the Eagles at 9 p.m. ET. The match - and entire tournament - can be viewed live in the United States on World Rugby's website.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Japan
1. Carlin Isles
2. Matai Leuta
3. Danny Barrett
5. Don Pati
6. Andrew Durutalo
7. Folau Niua
8. Connor Wallace-Sims
9. Stephen Tomasin
10. Madison Hughes (C)
11. Perry Baker
12. Martin Iosefo
13. Pago Haini

Japan | v. USA
2. Dallas Tatana
3. Yoshiaki Tsurugasaki
4. Jonmoon Han
5. Leon Ellison
6. Dai Ozawa
7. Patrick Stehlin
8. Pouli Teaupa
9. Ryoto Kano
10. Rikiya Oishi
11. Masahiro Nakano
12. Hisayoshi Matsuoka

Men's Eagles Sevens | 19
Tries: Barrett (2), Isles
Conversions: Hughes (2)
Discipline: Durutalo (Yellow)

Japan | 14
Tries: Matsuoka, Ozawa
Conversions: Ellison

Men's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Wellington Sevens
v. France - D 21-21
v. Samoa - W 24-12
v. New Zealand - L 24-12
Challenge Trophy QF v. Japan - W 19-14
Challenge Trophy SF v. Kenya - Saturday, Jan. 28 @ 9 p.m. ET