USA Eagles
Men's Sevens
Stade Jean-Bouin
Men's Sevens@Stade Jean-Bouin
May 14, 20171:34 pm CEST
Paris Sevens
Referee: Pierre Brousset

Fiji no match for Eagles on way to Paris Fifth-Place Final

  Martin Seras Lima

PARIS - The Men's Eagles Sevens advanced to the HSBC Paris Sevens Fifth-Place Final Sunday with a 24-14 win against reigning HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Champion Fiji at Stade Jean-Bouin.

Captain Madison Hughes scored two of the squad's four tries as the U.S. punished Fiji's ill-disciplined play, scoring twice during two periods of a man-advantage. Mike Friday's team will finish play at the ninth round of the season against Samoa for fifth place and 13 standings points at 10:21 a.m. ET, with the live stream available on World Rugby's Sevens Series website.

The Eagles had shut down Fiji's high-tempo game in the teams' last meeting in Hong Kong, conceding points only from turnovers. Fiji opened Sunday's Fifth-Place Semifinal with a try from the restart as the ball was allowed to bounce, with Samu Bale dotting down for his first career try. Fiji lost an attacking opportunity following the score with a lost lineout and knocked the ball forward in the fifth minute just inside the U.S. half.

Before the Eagles could escape their half a minute later, Fiji won the ball through a penalty only to give up possession for a high tackle on Ben Pinkelman. Setareki Bituniyata was sent to the sin bin for the infraction, from which Maka Unufe burst through the gain line and drew the defenders away from his captain for the offload and try to level the match, 7-7.

Play continued beyond the seventh minute with Fiji looking to waste some time on Bituniyata's sinning, but Pinkelman won a turnover in the breakdown on defense for the Eagles to recycle to Tomasin for the go-ahead try, 14-7.

Perry Baker, who had scored two tries in each of the Eagles' four previous matches, was taken into touch on a run in the opening minute of the second frame. The throw in its own end saw Fiji score a breakaway try through Amenoni Nasilasila to again knot the scores at 14-14. Sevuloni Mocenacagi would harm his side's chances at a full comeback with a yellow card in the 11th minute, however, as Pinkelman scored from a strong run through an attempted tackle.

Hughes dotted down for a late insurance try after pouncing on a loose ball from a Fiji scrum in front of the posts to bring the final score to 24-14.

The tournament's host suffered late heartbreak in its own Fifth-Place Semifinal to miss out on the Fifth-Place Final, instead giving Samoa the chance to play the Eagles. The final match of the weekend for both teams will kick off at Stade Jean-Bouin at 10:21 a.m. ET and can be viewed live in the United States on World Rugby's Sevens Series website.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Fiji
1. Alex Schwarz
2. Ben Pinkelman
3. Don Pati
4. Matai Leuta
5. Mike Te'o
6. Andrew Durutalo
7. Folau Niua
8. Maka Unufe
9. Stephen Tomasin
10. Madison Hughes(C)
11. Perry Baker
12. Martin Iosefo
13. Naima Fualaau

Fiji | v. USA
1. Mesulame Kunavula
2. Jasa Veremalue
3. Kalione Nasoko
4. Setareki Bituniyata
5. Sevuloni Mocenacagi
6. Paula Dranisinukula
7. Osea Kolinisau
8. Waisea Nacuqu
9. Jerry Tuwai
10. Amenoni Nasilasila
11. Samu Bale
12. Vatemo Ravouvou
13. Glen Cakautini

Men's Eagles Sevens | 24
Tries: Hughes (2), Tomasin, Pinkelman
Conversions: Hughes (2)

Fiji | 14
Tries: Bale, Nasilasila
Conversions: Nasilasila, Ravouvou
Discipline: Bituniyata (Yellow), Mocenacagi (Yellow)

Men's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Paris Sevens
v. Argentina - W 26-19
v. Wales - W 38-14
v. New Zealand - L 27-14
Cup QF v. Engalnd - L 26-12
Fifth-Place Semifinal v. Fiji - W 24-14
Fifth-Place Final v. Samoa - Sunday, May 14 @ 10:21 a.m. ET