USA Eagles
19 12
Scotland
15  
Men's Sevens
Hong Kong Stadium
Men's Sevens  @ Hong Kong Stadium
April 8, 20183:17 pm HKST
Hong Kong Sevens
Referee:  Richard Haughton

Eagles Sevens Inch Past Scotland

HONG KONG - The Men's Eagles Sevens were different when they took the pitch against Scotland in the 5th Place Semi Final at Hong Kong Sevens. Despite two last minute Scotland tries, the United States slithered by with two conversions that made all the difference in a 19-15 win at Hong Kong Stadium. With 13 points still on the table, the U.S. will meet Argentina for the second time this tournament in the 5th Place Play Off at 6 AM ET, LIVE on ESPN Networks. 

Taking it immediately at the start, the United States was on full-attack, insistent to re-establish themselves after a tough performance in the Cup Quarter Finals earlier in the day. 

In their first scoring threat, Eagle Martin Iosefo made a strong run around the outside but fell short on a deadly offload that fell in Scottish hands. With Scotland unable to make a run for it, the ball fell back to the U.S., making it's way to Matai Leuta who ran it in for the first points, 5-0. 

What should have been a Scotland response was called back on a penalty, giving the United States the advantage with Carlin Isles converting for a score, 12-0. As the half approached, Scotland had one more promising chance to cross the line but a bobbled ball held them back and sent both teams into the break. 

Upon return, and after a brief period of adjustment, the United States picked up right where they left off. In his first try since returning from injury, Eagle Stephen Tomasin pushed his way through Scottish defenders for another 5 up the middle, 19-0. 

With the clock winding down and a USA win on the horizon, Scotland snapped into gear. Darcy Graham, Max McFarland and George Horne all crossed the line within moments of one another to give the Scottish an edge and close the match just two conversions shy of extra time. In the end, the Eagles held onto their 4 point lead and charted ahead to the 5th Place Playoff. 

The Men's Sevens' final match of the 2018 Hong Kong Sevens tournament will take place against Argentina at 6 AM ET, LIVE on ESPN Networks. With 13 points still on offer, the U.S. has everything to play for.

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)

Cup Quarter Finals
vs. New Zealand | 7-35 (L)

5th Place Semi Final
vs. Scotland | 19-15 (W)