USA Eagles
3117
Australia
147
Men's Sevens
Cape Town Stadium
Men's Sevens @ Cape Town Stadium
December 9, 20173:04 pm SAST
Cape Town Sevens
Referee: Craig Evans, Wales
Pool Play - Pool B

Men's Sevens Down Australia to go 2-0 in Cape Town

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - The Men's Eagles Sevens were unstoppable during their second match of pool play (Pool B), downing Australia 14-31 to move to 2-0 at the Cape Town Sevens Tournament. A hat trick by Carlin Isles and strong defensive performance gave the Eagles 3 more points in their pool standing (6 total) and their sixth win out of the last seven matches played against the Wallabies Sevens

A good early possession by Australia amounted to the first try of the match, when an offload between Ben Odonnel and Sam Myers got the ball to Boyd Killingworth who slid past Eagle Folau Niua for the 7-0 Aussie lead. 

Moments later, Ben Pinkelman took control, getting the ball in the hands of Carlin Isles who sprinted across the side and answered back to tie it up, 7 all. After their score, the United States earned the ball back but turned it over with a knock on that followed with Australia winning the ensuing scrum. Unable to move it, the Wallabies Sevens knock the ball out of touch, giving possession back to the U.S. who was primed for their next score. 

Passes across the Eagles' forward pack finally made their way to Captain Madison Hughes for a handover to Isles who did what he does best and darted across the line for the lead, 7-12. Only a few seconds remained in the half but the United States wasn't finished yet. Taking the ball immediately after the siren, Hughes made another hand-off to Maka Unufe who saw space on the outside for Isles to score his fifth try of the tournament, sealing a hat trick with ease and extending the Eagle lead to 7-17 at the half.

Seconds into the second-half, Stephen Tomasin was prepared to keep momentum alive as he took an offload in an early U.S. attack for a clear drive to the tryzone, 7-24.

Australia grew frustrated, having difficulty getting their hands on the ball and being dominated by United States' possession. It took an Eagle penalty and Maka Unufe's trip to the sin bin for Aussie Lachie Anderson to catch the Americans off-guard and cut the deficit to 14-24. But, that wouldn't last long. 

With plenty of time remaining, a long ball to Isles earns him another trip down the side, but this time he's unable to get a clear run. The clock continues to tick with no score on either side until USA's Niua gets the ball to his Captain (Hughes) who avoids a tackle and suprises the Aussie defense with a try and conversion to seal the win, 14-31. 

USA RUGBY MEN'S SEVENS ROSTER | Cape Town Sevens

1. Carlin Isles
2. Ben Pinkelman
3. Danny Barrett
4. Matai Leuta
5. Joe Schroeder
6. Malon Al Jiboori
7. Folau Niua
8. Maka Unufe
9. Stephen Tomasin
10. Madison Hughes (Captain)
11. Kevon Williams
12. Martin Iosefo
13. Naima Fuala'au 

USA RUGBY MEN'S SEVENS STAFF | Cape Town Sevens

Head Coach - Mike Friday
Assistant Coach - Chris Brown
Physio - Brian Green
Team Analyst - Paul Goulding
Team Manager - Scott Novack

USA RUGBY MEN'S SEVENS SCHEDULE | Cape Town Sevens

Saturday, Dec. 9 | ESPN 3
vs. New Zealand 7s - 0-22 (W)
vs. Australia 7s - 14-31 (W) 
vs. Spain 7s - 11:50 AM ET

The victory against Australia moves the Eagles to first place in Pool B with six points and a sure trip to contend for the Cup. Head Coach Mike Friday and his squad will look for a full sweep as they face fourth-place Spain -- who has yet to win a match -- in their final contest of Day One, beginning at 11:50 AM ET LIVE on ESPN3.