USA Eagles
31 10
Argentina
12 5
Men's Sevens  @ FMG Stadium Waikato
February 4, 20186:44 pm NZDT
Hamilton Sevens
Referee:  James Doleman - New Zealand
Challenge Trophy Final

Men's Sevens Earn Hamilton Sevens Challenge Trophy

WAIKATO, NZ. - The Men's Eagles Sevens unearthed an offense that was unforgiving on Day Two of Hamilton Sevens. After two dominant back-to-back performances, the squad notched a 12-31 win over Argentina to close out the tournament and secure the Challenge Trophy. Head Coach Mike Friday and the Eagles will leave New Zealand with 8 points towards their overall Series standing with every intention of building on their progress in Las Vegas. 

"We did all we could do today after a rough Day One and the boys committed fully to the task of chasing the series points on offer to us," said Head Coach Mike Friday. "To secure the 8 is all we could ask for from them, and they put together some decent performances with that."

Danny Barrett was the man of the match, taking the ball immediately at the start and charging down the field. Though it took one more possession for the big man to score, he pushed past defenders to drive it in for the early lead, 0-7. Perry Baker -- noting the speed and fire in his teammate -- passed the ball to Barrett once more and let him score another, 0-10.

Argentina's Conrado Roura would answer back just before the half, intercepting a pass by Baker close to the tryzone to decrease the lead, 5-10.

When play resumed, Baker broke open on a long pass way behind Argentinian territory and put the United States up further, 5-17. Folau Niua snagged it from a tackle moments later, notching it in once more, 5-24.

By this point, the Eagles had a promising lead and a clear opportunity to finish the tournament on their terms. Though Marcos Maroni ran away with the ball to earn Argentina their second try (12-24), Danny Barrett would answer right back, passing the ball to Captain Ben Pinkelman who clinched the win at the final whistle 12-31.

In addition to their ability to make the most of Day Two, Head Coach Mike Friday made note of the strong performances from new players who gained much from the weekend's matches.

"Today also allowed some of the newer players to get on the field and get valuable experience which will serve them well as we look to recover and start our preparations for Vegas," says Coach Friday. "We do need to learn the lessons from Day one and ensure we don't put ourselves in holes and tighten up execution of our micro skills."

Men's Eagles Sevens Staff | Hamilton 7s Tournament

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

Men's Eagles Sevens Schedule |  Hamilton 7s Tournament

LIVE on ESPN3
Pool Play | Pool D
vs. Canada | 28-14 (W)
vs. Samoa | 10-14 (L)
vs. Kenya | 19-19 (D)

Challenge Quarter Finals 
vs. Spain | 29-12

Challenge Semi Finals
vs. Papua New Guinea | 42-12

Challenge Trophy Finals
vs. Argentina | 12-31 (W)