Men's Sevens
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Men's Sevens  @ Twickenham Stadium
London Sevens
  James Doleman

Men's Sevens Null Second Half for Home Team England

LONDON, ENG. - If sneaking by with a draw in their first match was any consolation, then the Men's Eagles Sevens have officially stomped on the scene at London Sevens. A tight first half filled with precise England tackles and limited Eagle possessions paved the way for an explosive second half where the U.S. notched four tries in route to a 14-31 victory over the home team. Now sitting atop Pool C, the United States has one final match with France at 12:54 PM ET to seal their Cup Quarterfinal berth. Watch live on ESPN+. 

"We've got the likes of Martin Iosefo with his feet. We've got the power of Danny [Barrett]. We've got big boys on the outside like Brett Thompson and Matai Leuta who are fast boys, wingers in the 15s game," says Head Coach Mike Friday, describing the depth of talent that fills his squad despite the injury absence of key players. 

It goes without saying that the first half of the match was a challenge for the United States' side. England was at home, spurred on by a vocal crowd and their precise defensive capabilities were producing opportunities the U.S. was hard-pressed to keep up with. 

A back and forth relay between Eagles Danny Barrett and Stephen Tomasin allowed big boy Barrett to draw first blood at 0-5. But, England's Dan Norton answered back shortly after, outrunning the U.S. squad with pace, and the home team was on top 7-0.

An almost breakaway by Carlin Isles was denied by England's John Mitchell shortly after; allowing the home team to break open and put another one over the line courtesy of Norton once again, 14-5. 

It was a difficult first seven minutes to say the least for USA. But what the first half lacked, the second half made up for many times over. 

Within minutes, Captain Madison Hughes retrieved the ball from a scrum and put it in play.

Pass after pass, the United States remained in attack, ultimately tossing to Folau Niua who inched his way in to make it 14-12. Ben Pinkelman wasted no time right after, tossing to Stephen Tomasin who ran straight for the zone to take the lead 14-19. 

Tensions rose shortly after, with England's Dan Norton earning a trip to the Sin Bin, giving the U.S. a clear window to run away with the win. 

Two consecutive tries from Carlin Isles would seal the deal: the first making up for the aforementioned tackle that brought him down early on; and the second with an outside run to close the match at 14-31 for Team USA. 

The Men's Sevens now sit at first place in Pool C with one more match to go against France (0-2). The game kicks off at 12:54 PM ET, LIVE on ESPN+.


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


v. Kenya | 19-19 (D)
v. England | 14-31 (W)
v. France | Sat, June 2 - 12:54 PM ET 

Live on ESPN+