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Pool Play

Men's Sevens Victorious in Rematch with Argentina

HONG KONG - Rest assured: if there were any doubts about the Men's Eagles Sevens, the final match of Pool D at Hong Kong Sevens just silenced them all. Despite two last minute tries by Argentina, a Danny Barrett hat trick highlighted a contest amplified by the energy of an unstoppable USA team and an Argentinian squad looking to rectify their Cup Final loss at USA Sevens. Nevertheless, the United States cruised to a 31-17 victory and clinched a battle with either New Zealand or Fiji in the Cup Quarter Finals tonight (Sat, Apr. 7) at 11:42 PM ET, LIVE on ESPN Networks

"We've got to recover and reflect because there's some things we didn't get right in the last minute and a half," said Head Coach Mike Friday, evaluating the final moments of the match. "There are little things that we can improve upon; and if we can work on those bits, then we can come out tomorrow stronger. We're in the cup and anything happens day three."

As soon as the match began, USA's Perry Baker and his speedster antics were on full display. The United States' All-Time Leading Scorer put points on the board immediately to give the Eagles an edge over Argentina. 

It appeared as though the Argentinians had answered back until match referee Richard Kelly called a scrum that resulted in the first of three Danny Barrett tries, 12-0. Argentina's Rodrigo Etchart finally answered back moments later (12-5) but it wasn't enough to hold off the team on fire. 

With less than one minute to go in the half, USA's Martin Iosefo made a convincing run and a crisp pass to Barrett who earned his second try of the day for a 19-5 lead. Then, after the half, Matai Leuta jumped high for a grab and tossed it back to Barrett for the hat trick, 24-5. 

Through the next several minutes of play, the Eagles took turns passing the ball across the forward pack -- showing fancy footwork -- but freezing the score for some time.

Then, Head Coach Mike Friday -- who saw opportunity in adjusting the dynamic -- sent Carlin Isles trotting in, making way for an offload to Iosefo for the Americans' final try, 31-5.  

Argentina would catch the United States off guard twice before all was said and done. Lautaro Bazan Velez and Felipe del Mestre combined for back-to-back points before USA's Stephen Tomasin kicked out of touch to seal the 31-17 U.S. victory. 

A comeback draw with France, a scoring spree over Wales and a final dominant showing against Argentina proves that there is nothing this United States team can't do.

Facing either New Zealand or Fiji at 11:42 PM ET (Sat, Apr. 7) LIVE on ESPN Networks, the Eagles will be challenged to continue their reign and give fans across America what they crave: the Hong Kong Sevens title.

"I need that energy again, I need that enthusiasm, I need that physicality that we started to see in these last two games," says Friday.

Men's Eagles Sevens Staff | Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens

Head Coach - Mike Friday
Strength & Conditioning Coach - Jon Hood
Physiotherapist - Brian Green
Team Manager - Scott Novack

Men's Eagles Sevens Schedule | Pool D | Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens

LIVE on ESPN Networks
vs. France | 24-24 (D)
vs. Wales | 47-5 (W)
vs. Argentina | 31-17 (W)