USA Eagles
19 14
Kenya
19  
Men's Sevens  @ Twickenham Stadium
June 2, 201811:42 am BDST
London Sevens
Referee:  Matthew Rodden

USA Opens London Sevens with a Draw

LONDON, ENG. – 25 seconds. That’s all that stood between the Men’s Eagles Sevens and an opening win over Kenya at the 2018 London Sevens tournament. A first half USA shutout answered by three second half Kenyan tries — including the one on the final play — evened the scoreboard at 19-19 for the Eagles to draw in their first match of pool play. Now facing home team England (1-0) at 10:10 AM ET, the United States will need to come out swinging to keep their momentum alive. The match will be broadcast LIVE on ESPN+

Just as fans at Twickenham Stadium could have predicted, USA’s Carlin Isles was unstoppable on the outside in the Eagles’ first attack of the game. After a few early penalties, the speed demon put his squad on the map with an easy try for the 0-7 lead. 

Kenya took the next attack but conceded possession to Captain Madison Hughes who’s anticipated return from injury was nothing short of brilliant. Hughes took the ball clear across the pitch before it was knocked back and both teams were sent to scrum. Martin Iosefo came right in following the set piece and put another one away for Team USA, 0-14. 

With halftime looming and a huddle to keep the Eagles on pace, the second half began with another USA dance toward the tryline. Martin Iosefo moved the restart most of the way before a turnover went to Kenya and William Ambaka Ndayara scored, 7-14. 

Now down by only 7, the Kenyans made use of U.S. mistakes and converted for their second consecutive try through Collins Injera, evening the score at 14-14.

But, the United States wouldn’t be put away so easily. 

Four Eagles combined to move the ball with a smooth rhythm of precise passing for Danny Barrett to push his way to the tryzone and recapture the lead, 19-14. Then, 25 seconds, one play and a final Kenyan possession was all that remained.

As the siren blew, Kenya’s Collins Injera broke open once more for his second try of the match, tying it up again at 19-19. Fans stood by on baited breath as the final conversion flopped past the crossbars, freezing the score and forcing both teams to draw. 

Though the United States wanted a win, the tie still very much keeps them in the game. The Eagles will face home team England (1-0) in match two at 10:10 AM ET, LIVE on ESPN+.

MEN’S EAGLES SEVENS STAFF | 2018 LONDON SEVENS

Head Coach – Mike Friday
Assistant Coach – Phil Greening
Strength & Conditioning Coach – Jon Hood
Athletic Trainer – Brian Green
Team Manager – Scott Novack

MEN’S EAGLES SEVENS SCHEDULE | 2018 LONDON SEVENS

v. Kenya | 19-19 (D)
v. England | Sat, June 2 – 10:10 AM ET
v. France | Sat, June 2 – 12:54 PM ET 

Live on ESPN+