USA Eagles
19 14
Kenya
24 12
Men's Sevens  @ BC Place Stadium
March 11, 20183:30 pm PDT
Canada Sevens
Cup Semi Finals

USA Concedes Cup Semi Final to Kenya on Final Play

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Another almost tie, a crucial turnover and a heartbreaking Kenya try on the final play has kept the Men’s Eagles Sevens from advancing to the Canada Sevens Cup Final. After building an early 14-point lead, the United States was challenged by a Kenyan squad who answered every Eagle try and scored on the final possession to push the U.S. to the Bronze final against South Africa at 8:52 PM ET, LIVE on ESPN 3. 


Though Kenya took the ball at the start of the match, it was the Eagles who notched the first two tries. After just a minute, Danny Barrett broke through the opposing defense to drive his squad within meters and put the ball in Captain Ben Pinkelman’s hands. Pinkelman, in making a brilliant decision at the breakdown, handed the ball to Perry Baker who ran it through the middle for the first try, 0-7. On the restart, Baker snagged it again and wasted no time dotting down for the 14 point lead. 

But, after giving up two early tries to the United States, Kenya was prepared to answer. Breaking through the U.S. forward pack with a perfect position near the try zone, the Kenyans managed to sneak a quick ball to Nelson Oyoo who ran it along the left flank for the score, 14-7. Then, just before the half, the first of two critical USA turnovers followed and the Kenyans were on the board with Oyoo again, 14-12. 

When play resumed, the Eagles lost another opportunity to a turnover resulting from a Pinkelman-Baker offload. And, though it would seem Kenya captured momentum, a penalty and ensuing lineout allowed USA to put themselves back on attack. 

With everything still to play for, Eagle Folau Niua channeled his precise ability to read the Kenyan defense and passed the ball to Carlin Isles who increased the lead, 19-12. Then, minutes later, Kenya answered back with William Ambaka Ndayara and the scoreboard was at an even draw. 

On the final play, the Eagles were on a attack again — seemingly with control — until a heartbreaking turnover allowed Kenya’s Oscar Ouma to run away with the win, 19-24. Though the loss has undeniably disappointed the squad, Head Coach Mike Friday and his team are determined to fight for the bronze and the 17 points on offer against South Africa.

The match starts at 8:52 PM ET, LIVE on ESPN 3.

Men’s Eagles Sevens Staff | Canada Sevens
Head Coach – Mike Friday
Assistant Coach – Chris Brown
Physiotherapist – Brian Green
Team Manager – Scott Novack

Men’s Eagles Sevens Schedule | Canada Sevens
LIVE on ESPN3 
vs. Uruguay | 45-0 (W)
vs. Canada | 28-21 (W)
vs. Australia | 21-31 (L)

Cup Quarter Finals 
vs. New Zealand | 17-0 (W)

Cup Semi Finals 
vs. Kenya | 19-24

Bronze Final 
vs. South Africa | Sun, Mar. 11 – 8:52 PM ET