Another Barrett brace gives Eagles win in Sydney

SYDNEY, Australia - The Men's Eagles Sevens got the jump on Pool D at HSBC Sydney7s Friday (U.S. time) with a 22-19 defeat of Argentina in the first match of the day at Allianz Stadium.

Three try-scorers ensured Argentina's late comeback bid would not bear fruit, giving Head Coach Mike Friday's squad momentary respite atop its pool. Canada jumped the U.S. in the standings with a 12-7 defeat of Russia, and will line up opposite the Eagles next at 8:58 p.m. ET. The fourth round of the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series can be viewed live from the United States on World Rugby's website.

Needing a Cup Quarterfinal berth in a winnable pool, the Eagles began their Australian onslaught from the opening whistle. Argentina knocked its own restart and Martin Iosefo stepped out of two attempted tackles before Stephen Tomasin spotted a wide open field of play in front of him. The San Diego State University graduate darted through the gap and dotted down under the posts for a 7-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

A misplaced Argentina grubber and follow-up knock in the Eagles' lineout allowed the U.S. to set up shop near midfield. Iosefo again caused Argentina to commit an extra defender and Perry Baker did well to not let a loose pass find Argentinian hands, and Tomasin's pump-fake opened a hole for Danny Barrett on the wing. Barrett ran the 40 meters to the try zone to increase the U.S. lead to 12-0.

Iosefo got within a few meters of the try line from the restart and found Baker in support, but the speedster lost the ball forward in his attempted grounding while being tackled. Argentina kicked to touch following a high tackle against the U.S. and a switch run from German Schulz brought the score at the break to 12-7.

Baker was again denied a try in the opening minutes of the second half, but the Eagles were awarded a scrum when the attack stepped back to midfield. Captain Madison Hughes had Baker outside him with the set piece and used the threat to burst through three defenders for his first try of the weekend. The conversion was wide for a 10-point lead at 17-7.

Baker combined with Niua at Argentina's 10 to create havoc, and Niua's quick pass out to Barrett in the face of contact gave Barrett room to run. The forward shouldered the final defender at the try line to finish off the U.S.'s scoring at 22-7.

Matias Osadczuk finished off an attack that benefitted from U.S. disciplinary issues with a tap 10 meters from the line and two of Friday's newest players on the circuit - Pago Haini and Connor Wallace-Sims - could not take down Renzo Barbier for the final tries of the game. Argentina wanted to forego its conversion attempt in the dying seconds to take one last restart, but time had run out for the 22-19 final.

The Eagles will continue play in Pool D against Canada at 8:58 p.m. ET Friday. Sydney7s can be viewed live on World Rugby's Sevens Series website.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Argentina
1. Carlin Isles
2. Matai Leuta
3. Danny Barrett
4. Chris Coyle
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

Argentina | v. USA
1. Renzo Barbier
2. Lucas Belloto
3. German Schulz
4. Nicolas Menendez
5. Jose Barros Sosa
6. Matias Osadczuk
7. Lautaro Bazan Velez
8. Joaquin Riera
9. Gaston Revol
10. Felipe del Mestre
11. Franco Sabato
12. Luciano Gonzalez Rizzoni
13. Matias Ferro

Men's Eagles Sevens | 22
Tries: Tomasin, Barrett (2), Hughes
Conversions: Hughes

Argentina | 19
Tries: Schulz, Osadczuk, Barbier
Conversions: Revol (2)

Men's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Sydney7s
v. Argentina - W 22-19
v. Canada - Friday, Feb. 3 @ 8:58 p.m. ET
v. Russia - Saturday, Feb. 4 @ 2:23 a.m. ET