USA Eagles
19  
Australia
26 19
Men's Sevens  @ Allianz Stadium
January 26, 20188:12 pm AEDT
Sydney 7s
Referee:  Sam Grove-White, Scotland
Sydney Sevens Pool Play - Pool D

Men's Sevens Fall to Australia on Australia Day

SYDNEY, AUS. – First the Aussie’s scored 19, then the Eagles scored 19 but it wasn’t enough to seal the win. Despite a dominant second-half comeback by the Men’s Eagles Sevens, Australia took the first win of the 2018 Sydney Sevens tournament 19-26 in Pool Play (Pool D) on Australia Day.

Heading into the match having won 4 out of the last 5 meetings with the Aussies, the Eagles were tasked with overcoming Australia’s 75% tackle completion rate to start strong in Sydney. After missing two tackles themselves, the Eagles allowed their opponent to get on the map first when John Porch handed the ball to Boyd Killingworth who ran it in for a 7-0 lead.

A slow down attempt sent Eagle Martin Iosefo to the sin bin and it wasn’t long before the Aussies were on the board again. Dominant possession and a favorable lineout allowed Ben O’Donnell to take the ball and run a straight route across the line, 14-0. Moments later, Eagle Captain Madison Hughes tried to make a stride but saw his opportunity intercepted when Porch snagged the ball and dove in for another score, 19-0.

In the final moments of the first half, the Americans had another chance but fell short as World Rugby Player of the Year Perry Baker took the ball to the outside but was unable to find space, sending both teams into the break.

A moment’s rest and a huddle was all the Eagles needed to head back into the half with fire, however, as they took the ball immediately at the start and sent speedster Baker back to the outside for the first USA try, 7-19.

Australia had no time to answer back as Iosefo came in from the side to snag the ball from Stephen Tomasin, redeeming his first half trip to the sin bin with one more, 14-19. Then, another excellent relay immediately allows Ben Pinkelman to drive the ball in again, tying it up 19 all.

By this point, the Aussies were crazed to answer back but turned the ball over to a thrilling USA attack. With the United States caught off guard, the Wallabees finally earn their moment when Tim Anstee took advantage of an Eagle turnover and recovered the lead, 19-26.

The final seconds saw Carlin Isles attempt to carve room for another go, but a penalty gave the Aussies the ball and the final win.

Though a difficult first half started the day, a dominant second-half shows the Eagles are ready for attack. Head Coach Mike Friday and the United States will take a break before returning for their second match with Scotland who earned their first win against Canada 5-53 in pool play.

The match begins at 12:53 AM ET — LIVE on ESPN3 — with updates available by following @USARugby on Twitter.

Men’s Eagles Sevens Roster | Sydney 7s Tournament

Perry Baker
Danny Barrett
Madison Hughes (C)
Martin Iosefo
Carlin Isles
Matai Leuta
Chris Mattina
Folau Niua
Ben Pinkelman
Joe Schroeder
Stephen Tomasin
Maka Unufe
Kevon Williams

Men’s Eagles Sevens Staff | Sydney 7s Tournament

Head Coach – Mike Friday
Assistant Coach – Chris Brown 
Assistant Coach – Phil Greening
Physiotherapist – Brian Green

Men’s Eagles Sevens Schedule | Pool D | Sydney 7s Tournament
LIVE on ESPN3
vs. Australia | 19-26 (L)
vs. Scotland | Sat, Jan 27 – 12:53 AM ET
vs. Canada | Sat, Jan 27 – 4:26 AM ET