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Men's Sevens  @ Twickenham Stadium
London Sevens
  Richard Haughton

USA Upset by Ireland in London Cup Quarterfinal

LONDON, ENG. - It was Ireland's first Cup Quarterfinal and they would not be denied. Despite scoring two late tries themselves, the Men's Eagles Sevens were outmaneuvered by sharp tackling and four Irish tries for a 12-22 upset to open Day Two of London Sevens. Starting the match without Matai Leuta who will remain out for the rest of the tournament due to an ankle injury, the United States will be hard-pressed to find the offensive and defensive execution necessary to overcome rival-Canada in the Fifth Place Semifinal at 9:04 AM ET, LIVE on ESPN+

Though Ireland took the first possession, the United States opened the match with a convincing attack. Offload after offload, the squad moved the ball across the line until Danny Barrett's outside run was pushed to touch by Irish defenders. 

Winning the lineout, Ireland's Jordon Conroy converted for the first try of the game, 0-7, setting off a crescendo of set pieces that would fall out of U.S. favor. Another Irish breakaway by way of Jordon Conroy would follow suit -- despite a well-made tackle from Eagle Carlin Isles -- and the opposition was up 0-12. 

Back on attack, the Americans conceded a penalty to Ireland on a tackle, allowing another set piece to fall out of reach and move Ireland to another try by way of Hugo Keenan, 0-17. 

The second half began much like the first did with Eagle Danny Barrett pushed across the touchline on an almost sure breakaway. Martin Iosefo came in shortly after and exposed wide open space for the Men's Sevens' first score, 7-17. 

With minutes remaining, the Eagles went back on attack employing a consistent array of offloads until one ball fell out of place and Ireland's Jimmy O'Brien seized the turnover and made it 7-22. 

A last minute score by Carlin Isles (12-22) sent both teams to the final play, but Ireland kicked the ball into touch and confirmed their win. 

The Men's Eagles Sevens will now face rival-Canada in the 5th Place Semifinal at 9:04 AM 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 | 31-14 (W)
v. France | 38-14 (W)

Cup Quarterfinals
v. Ireland | 12-22 (L)

5th Place Semifinal
v. Canada | Sun, June 3 - 9:04 AM ET

Live on ESPN+