USA Eagles
33 12
Scotland
12 7
Men's Sevens  @ The National Stadium
April 29, 20183:44 pm SMT
Singapore Sevens
Referee:  Tevita Rokovereni

Men's Sevens Complete Rout of Scotland in Challenge Semifinal

KALLANG, SGP. - Let it be known that, when challenged, the Men's Eagles Sevens can be an unstoppable force. Two impressive back-to-back wins on the heels of two consecutive hat tricks by Carlin Isles have given the United States a 12-33 victory over Scotland in the Challenge Trophy Semifinal. Now facing rival-Canada at 6:36 AM ET --  a rematch of the 2017 Singapore Sevens Cup Final -- the Eagles will have every intention of capitalizing on their relentless intensity. Watch the action LIVE on ESPN+ and stay up-to-date by following @USARugby on Twitter. 

The battle between the United States and Scotland was almost identical to the Eagles' Challenge Trophy Quarterfinal against Argentina. The Americans scored first, the opposition answered with two consecutive tries to tie, Carlin Isles scored a hat trick and the U.S. won with a score on the final play. 

The difference: with Argentina, the Men's Sevens' found their execution; and with Scotland, they perfected it -- even when playing with a man down. 

It took a firm three minutes of play for the United States to find the right space and timing to get Carlin Isles to run his outside route and score, 0-7. But when they did, he scored again -- in exactly the same way -- bringing the Eagles up by 12 with less than a minute in the first half. 

A huge kick forward by Scotland almost gave Isles another wide open opportunity until the opposition recovered and went back on attack. USA's Danny Barrett drew a yellow right after and the Scottish converted the advantage to points from Nyle Godsmark, 7-12. 

Back from the half, Scotland exploited the final few moments of the man-down Eagles and lead Robbie Fergusson to tie the match, 12-12. 

But, as soon as he returned from the Sin Bin, Danny Barrett made a statement. Winning the ball from the scrum, he set his sights on the try zone and ran, scoring a wide open try to bring USA up 12-19. 

Another kick forward by Scotland and a turnover retrieved by Barrett set Carlin Isles up for his second consecutive hat trick (within 2 matches). Ending the game in spectacular fashion, the Eagles made an offload to newcomer Cody Melphy -- who made his debut in Las Vegas at USA 7s -- and allowed the former Life University stud to dash across the field for his first international try. 

The United States will now face rival-Canada in the Challenge Trophy Final at 6:36 AM ET, LIVE on ESPN+. When both teams met in Singapore last year, Canada defeated USA to win their first ever Cup Final in the HSBC Series. Now with 8 points and the Challenge Trophy up for grabs, fans in the National Stadium are in for quite an affair. 

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

MEN'S EAGLES SEVENS SCHEDULE | 2018 HSBC Singapore Sevens

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 | 36-12 (W)

Challenge Trophy Semifinal
vs. Scotland | 12-33 (W)

Challenge Trophy Final
vs. Canada | Sun, Apr. 29 - 6:36 AM ET