USA Eagles
28 14
Argentina
0  
Men's Sevens  @ Sam Boyd Stadium
March 4, 20184:30 pm PDT
USA Sevens
Referee:  Richard Kelly
Cup Final

Men's Sevens Win First Ever USA Sevens Championship

LAS VEGAS, NV – In the near 20 year history of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, the United States Men’s Eagles Sevens had won only a single Cup Final in London for the 2015 series. Mike Friday’s squad is thrilled to adjust that stat as they shut out Argentina in a 28-0 victory to claim the USA Sevens title at home in front of friends and family. Leading into an American hosted Rugby World Cup Sevens this July, the US has left a charged impression on their fans who begin counting the days to the mid-summer tournament. 


“It’s amazing, I am so pleased for the boys and all credit to the men in the arena; absolutely Gladiator performances,” said Head Coach Mike Friday. “I asked them to adjust tactically for that Fiji game then they had to adjust differently for the Argentinian game. And, the way they embraced that listening and then the way they went out and implemented was first class.” 


Perry Baker would draw first blood for the US after reeling in a rainbow pass from Matai Leuta out the ruck. Standing only 10 meters from the white line, Leuta cut right to the chase as he airmailed the ball to his speedy teammate to put USA up early, 7-0.

Danny Barrett took the pitch with a vigor you could see on his face. In front of a loaded Sam Boyd Stadium, Barrett tallied two tries in the 7th and 10th minutes, earning himself the Man of the Final recognition. The second of his two scores came off a foot race with his Argentine defender, showing the big framed Barrett can hit the jets when need be. 

Star player Perry Baker notched the first try in the match, but an assist to Barrett was his highlight of the match. Racing down the flank as he usually does, Baker somehow kept his feet in bounds with two defenders diving in, but was able to find Barrett just inside with a crafty offload. 

With time winding down, Head Coach Mike Friday decided to slow play and give the U.S. control by making some substitutions. Fan favorite Carlin Isles, who hadn’t hit the radar much in Las Vegas, took the pitch with a roar from the crowd. Considered one of the fastest men in sevens rugby, Isles was able to prove that narrative by wrapping around two defenders on the right flank to out pace them for 5 more. 

Time would trickle away and the United States secured their second ever World Rugby Sevens Series Cup Final win and first on U.S. soil. With the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco on the horizon, American rugby is now primed for a major leap on the international stage.

“Obviously, the more fans come the better luck we have, so get yourself to San Francisco and bring a friend,” said Head Coach Mike Friday, addressing the audiences of America as the squad looks ahead to the World Cup. “Let’s show the U.S. sporting landscape what USA Rugby is all about. We are a team to be proud of, a team that ticks all the boxes; and, we need to make this team and this game part of the Sporting Landscape in America.”

After an electric night filled with excitement and pride, the Men’s Eagles Sevens will spend the next twenty-four hours enjoying the moment and basking in the brilliance of their achievement. Following their return back to San Diego, the squad will look ahead to next week’s Canada Sevens Tournament and the final stretch to the Rugby World Cup Sevens. 


“They need to reflect and take all this in with their loved ones, on home soil and with a cup,” said Head Coach Mike Friday, indicating the magnitude of emotions captivating the team. “Should they enjoy their moment and do they need to breathe it, smell it, be in it — absolutely, they do.”

Men’s Eagles Sevens Staff | USA 7s Tournament 

Head Coach – Mike Friday
Assistant Coach – Chris Brown
Physiotherapist – Brian Green
Team Manager – Scott Novack

Men’s Eagles Sevens Schedule | USA 7s Tournament

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vs. Samoa | 26-12 (W)
vs. Australia | 28-7 (W)
vs. Spain | 28-17 (W)

vs. England | 17-12 (W)
vs. Fiji | 19-7 (W)
vs. Argentina | 28-0 (W)