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June 9, 20187:58 pm BDST
Paris Sevens

Men's Sevens Nail a Try on the Final Play to Draw with England

PARIS, FRA. - The English did not make it easy but the Men's Eagles Sevens refused to be shut down. Down by two with one minute to go, the United States defied all the odds and pulled it together for two final tries to draw with England and seal first place in Pool D. Though another difficult task with New Zealand in the Cup Quarterfinals lies ahead, the U.S. has proven they can meet the blueprint of challenge and come away with their own design. The game kicks off at 4:57 AM ET, LIVE on ESPN+

"We needed that collective grit in the last game to claw ourselves back to get a draw," says Head Coach Mike Friday. "We were on the end of a host of questionable decisions and interpretations but credit to the boys as they held their nerve and cool to stay in the arm wrestle and get that draw."

Call him a hero, call him a playmaker -- if sevens fans across the globe hadn't heard the name Kevon Williams, they're certainly applauding it now. After two incredibly physical encounters with Argentina and France, Williams and the Men's Sevens were dominated by favorable English possession through most of the match. 

After falling to the United States at their home stop in London, England scorched the field with a chip kick turned dot down by Oliver Lindsay-Hague to draw first blood, 0-7. A brilliant outside run by Martin Iosefo with touches by Stephen Tomasin to answer back moments later, 7-7. 

But, despite the early back and forth, England's Harry Glover would steal a strong U.S. attack and convert for the lead before the half, 14-7. 

When the second half resumed, England kicked to touch, winning the ball from the ensuing set piece, for Dan Norton to overcome U.S. defenders and pass to Ryan Olowofela for another try, 21-7. 

While messy play filled with penalties and turnovers would take the next several minutes of play, the English would not cross the tryline again. With only one minute remaining, all who watched could assume the fate of the Men's Sevens. However, as history would show, the team on fire should never be underestimated. 

A quick pass from Folau NiuaCaptain Madison Hughes allowed Hughes to make a sneaky run across the tryline, 14-21. Nailing his own conversion and promptly getting his squad back on the line, Hughes and the United States were resolute on making the final play one of their own. 

Enter Kevon Williams. 

Ball in hand, Williams ran his sure route along the left flank carefully staying in touch and danced past English defenders to run the ball middle of the posts and dot down, 19-21. The conversion would determine it all, but with the kicking precision of Captain Madison Hughes fans in Paris already knew it was in, 21-21. 

"It's been a tough week and a tough day for us and we have battled in every game to get the results we need to top the pool and get ourselves into the Cup Quarterfinal," says Head Coach Mike Friday. "I am pleased with the resilience and graph shown by all the boys today, collectively." 

The Men's Eagles Sevens return to the pitch at 4:57 AM ET to face New Zealand in the Cup Quarterfinals tomorrow (Sun, June 10) 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 | 26-12 (W)
v. England | 21-21 (D)