Men's Sevens secure SV7s quarterfinal after win over New Zealand

Rookie Joe Shroeder collects first try as an Eagle in 24-12 win over New Zealand  |    Jack Megaw

SAN JOSE, CA - New Zealand was looking to come out fully motivated in their second match after an upset from Chile. They did just that, scoring 12 quick points on the United States. That however, would be the end of it, as the Men's Sevens took control and drove towards a 24-12 victory.

With the early afternoon rain having let up, the grass remained a challenge as both teams struggled to keep their footing. The All Blacks 7s took advantage with some fancy foot work early from Luke Masirewa, leading to a two score, 12-0 lead.

The United States soon began to recognize opportunities as time led on, and similar to the opening match against Tonga, kept scoring to themselves through the final whistle.

Great awareness from Captain Ben Pinkelman first put the US on the board in the 6' with a try after relentless pressure from rookie, Joe Schroeder, who got the starting nod here in the second match.

Just before half, Folau Niua took advantage of a New Zealand penalty. With a quick tap and go, #7 ignited a last US push for points after the clock had struck zeros. While points didn't come of it, the momentum proved to be more valuable as the Men's Eagles dominated the second half.

Milliseconds after the whistle, early afternoon hero Stephen Tomasin wasted no time bringing the ball into New Zealand territory. Just outside the 5 meter line, Martin Iosefo returned the fancy foot work favor with a few dodged tackles of his own to dot down for points. His try would knot it up, 12-12.

The story of the match seemed to float toward Joe Schroeder. After keeping pace through the early period of play, efforts were rewarded with his first try as an Eagle. Teammates on the pitch recognized the milestone, making their way over to Joe and congratulating him as the group walked down field to reset.

A pair of turnovers would sway in the US favor to finish the match, resulting in the 5th Tomasin try of the day. 24-12 after the final whistle.

Men's Eagles Sevens are now 2-0 in Pool C as they head toward a final matchup with undefeated, and surprise powerhouse, Chile. Should it result in a US victory, an automatic top two seed will be awarded come tomorrow. Chile is yet to allow points from the opposing side, the United States will look to change that.

Kick off set for 8:00pm PT LIVE on USA Sevens Facebook.

USA Rugby Men's Sevens | Silicon Valley Sevens

  1. Malon Al-Jiboori
  2. Ben Pinkelman (C)
  3. Joe Schroeder
  4. Matai Leuta
  5. Ryan Matyas
  6. Anthony Welmers
  7. Folau Niua
  8. Maka Unufe Jr.
  9. Stephen Tomasin
  10. Chris Mattina
  11. Kevon Williams
  12. Martin Iosefo
  13. Madison Hughes

USA Rugby Men's Sevens | Silicon Valley Staff

  • Mike Friday, Head Coach
  • Chris Brown, Assistant Coach
  • Brian Green, Physio
  • Paul Goulding, Team Analyst
  • Sarah Sall, Team Manager

Men's Eagles Sevens | Silicon Valley Sevens