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Men's Sevens  @ The National Stadium
Singapore Sevens
  Jeremy Rozier

Men's Sevens Concede Final Match of Pool Play to Kenya

KALLANG, SGP. - Though they fought to the final whistle, USA was overcome by a dominant Kenyan force 33-14 to close out pool play at Singapore Sevens. Unable to find accuracy in possession, the Eagles' left three breakaway tries unanswered and now move to the Challenge Trophy Quarterfinals against Argentina tomorrow (Sun, Apr. 29) at 12:06 AM ET, LIVE on ESPN+. 

"It has been a very tough day for us and we are disappointed as we felt although it was a tough group we could have got ourselves out of it," says Head Coach Mike Friday. "There are a lot of boys out there trying to get experience as we look to grow as a group in a ruthless environment. We will recover and reset tonight." 

Following a strong win over France (33-12) and a devastating loss to England (14-19) the United States took the pitch against Kenya desperate for a win to seal their position in the Cup Quarterfinals. Upon kickoff, the Kenyans took the first attack deep in their own side, fighting against a patient U.S. defense who made careful tackles to avoid further advancement of the ball. 

Despite a stop from Carlin Isles, Kenya kept the ball alive and sent it soaring through Willy Ambaka for the first score, 5-0. Messy play with several penalties filled the next several minutes until the Kenyans won a lineout and Samuel Oliech scored just before the half, 12-0. 

"First and foremost we have to work on the technical accuracies in our game, looking to execute these, as that is what let us down today at critical times," says Head Coach Mike Friday, reflecting on the areas of challenge for his squad through the day. 

When play resumed, USA Captain Ben Pinkelman made a break for it, and on the tackle, passed to Kevon Williams who quickly crossed the line for the Eagles' first try, 12-7. With the U.S. down by only 5, a relentless Kenyan squad took the next attack inside the Eagle 22, answering back through Samuel Oliech's second try on a forward kick and pickup, 7-19. 

Back on attack, the Eagles started to move forward with Brett Thompson making progress toward the tryline until a turnover was returned by Andrew Amonde for more Kenyan points, 26-7. Kenya would dot down once again through Oscar Ouma with less than two minutes to go (31-7) before Brett Thompson broke wide open for a USA try on the final play, 33-14. 

"The boys are working hard for each other -- that is not in question," said Head Coach Mike Friday. "The desire and intent are there which are non negotiable behaviors so there's not a lot to fix. We just need to come out with that burning hunger tomorrow to right some wrongs."

The Men's Eagles Sevens will return to the pitch at 12:04 AM ET in the Challenge Trophy Quarterfinals against Argentina. With 8 points up for grabs, the U.S. will continue their fight towards the goal of a Top 4 finish to the Series. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN+ with updates available by following @USARugby on Twitter. 

MEN'S EAGLES SEVENS STAFF | 2018 HSBC Singapore Sevens

Head Coach - Mike Friday
Assistant Coach - Jon Hood
Team Manager/Assistant Coach - Phil Greening 
Physiotherapist - Brian Green


LIVE on ESPN+ with paid subscription
vs. France | 33-12 (W)
vs. England | 14-19 (L)
vs. Kenya | 33-14 (L)

Challenge Trophy Quarterfinal
vs. Argentina | Sun, Apr. 29 - 12:04 AM ET