USA Eagles
26 12
Argentina
7  
Men's Sevens  @ Stade Jean-Bouin
June 9, 201811:12 am BDST
Paris Sevens
Referee:  Craig Evans

Men's Sevens Claim First Victory of Paris Sevens

PARIS, FRA. – The Men’s Eagles Sevens have opened the gates of their final stop of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series at Paris Sevens with a hard-fought 26-7 win over Argentina. It wasn’t easy to take, however, as a physical Argentinian squad matched play for play with a brute force that challenged the U.S. at its core. But, with precise passing and competence at the breakdown, the United States has begun Paris Sevens 1-0.  Home team France (0-1) will be next on the docket beginning at 8:08 AM ET, LIVE on ESPN+.


As fans at Stade Jean-Bouin were barely getting comfortable in their seats, Martin Iosefo was already passing the tryline. A mere 30 seconds into the match, Iosefo raced past Argentinian defenders to put the U.S. on top early, 5-0. 

It wouldn’t take long for the physicality of the match to rise to the surface as a unique intensity paved the way for both teams to fight for possession. Knock ons galore kept the ball moving back and forth between the U.S. and their opponent until USA’s Danny Barrett stepped foot on the wing and railroaded his way forward. A quick offload to Stephen Tomasin notched in the try and the Eagles were up, 12-0. 

One last attack before the half would go nowhere as both teams went into their huddles ready to regroup for the remaining battle ahead. 

Despite the numbers on the scoreboard, this match was still anyone’s for the taking. The Eagles were up by two, the Argentinian defense was bringing the pressure and either team could still easily shift the battle in their favor. With an overall record of 4-4 this season, this was either side’s game. 

When play resumed, USA took the first attack but penalties continued to keep the ball switching sides. As tensions rose, Kevon Williams was pushed to touch on a patient U.S. attack and the Eagles were hard-pressed to make a play. 

Then, Carlin Isles took his antics to the left flank where he was brought down, until Stephen Tomasin swooped in to steal the ball from the ruck and ran away nailing the 19-0 lead for Team USA. 

Immediately after, Isles was back at it again, going toe-and-toe with Argentinian defenders for only moments before his lightning speed carried him across the tryline, 26-0. 

Argentina would end the shutout on the final play, with Maximo Provenzano’s breakaway try to bring the final score to 26-7. 

With the win, the United States now head into their next game with home team France — who is 0-1 and hungry to deliver their first win to a home crowd — at 8:08 AM ET, LIVE on ESPN+. 


MEN’S EAGLES SEVENS STAFF | 2018 PARIS 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 PARIS SEVENS

v. Argentina | 26-7 (W)
v. France | Sat, June 9 – 8:08 AM ET
v. England | Sat, June 9 – 1:58 PM ET