USA Eagles
2821
Australia
7 
Men's Sevens
Sam Boyd Stadium
Men's Sevens @ Sam Boyd Stadium
March 2, 20187:51 pm PDT
USA Sevens
Referee: Craig Joubert
Pool Play

Men's Sevens move to 2-0 at home with statement win over Australia

LAS VEGAS, NV - With only two matches slated for Day One at USA Sevens, the Men's Eagles Sevens did well to take advantage of the short day. Having exploded for 26 points against Samoa, the group followed with a 28-7 win over powerhouse Australia to close out the day's play. 

"We are pleased with the day's work but it's one day and nothing is won on the first day," said Head Coach Mike Friday, "we will stay quite focused and determined, ready to take the next moment and move forward."

Though the match seemed to start out a little tired as Perry Baker found himself just ahead of a Maka Unufe pass out wide - that would have assuredly been a classic Baker breakaway - as the ball fell into touch. A quick reset and the fireworks started. 

Perry Baker did Perry Baker things in due time however with a quick-dash try on the left, this would be the first of two for him in the Friday finale. Marin Iosefo would follow it up with a pair of tries himself, the second pair of the day for him.

Notably, his second score, was an absolute beauty. Having showed his brilliant footwork in the early game, Iosefo was at it again only this time leaving his Australian counterpart on the grass. Dodging back and fourth, the Aussie defender didn't stand a chance keeping on his feet. 

Pile on one more Baker try and the match would eventually end with a very strong 28-7 win over a top ranked sevens team.

Noticeably engaged by the hometown crowd of fans, friends and family - Friday commented on the team energy, "Having such a passionate vocal home crowd is further galvanizing and motivating the boys to perform and do the country proud. Passion and hardworking values are being shown by the boys... so stay loud and proud in the stands for tomorrow!"

Folau Niua would also go 4/4 on conversions to cap off a big day in Nevada.

The Men's Sevens will wrap up Pool play tomorrow at 3PM ET when they take on Spain. Spain having lost their first two fixtures will take the pitch with little to lose while the United States hopes to move into the knockout round with momentum. Catch the action tomorrow on ESPN3.

Men's Eagles Sevens Staff | USA 7s Tournament

Head Coach - Mike Friday
Assistant Coach - Chris Brown 
Physiotherapist - Brian Green
Team Manager - Scott Novak

Men's Eagles Sevens Schedule | USA 7s Tournament

LIVE on ESPN3 
vs. Samoa | 26-12 (W)
vs. Australia | 28-7 (W)
vs. Spain | Sat, Mar. 3 - 1:04 PM PT