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Men's Sevens Soar to Victory Over Wales

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DUBAI, United Ara Emirates - The Men's Eagles Sevens were two conversions away from upsetting Rio 2016 bronze medalist South Africa in Friday's 19-17 loss at Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens.

The result keeps the Eagles from Saturday's Cup round as third-best in Pool B. They will play in the Challenge Trophy Quarterfinals at 1:36 a.m. ET, with the live broadcast available via World Rugby's webstream.

South Africa put the Eagles behind the eight ball from the opening restart as Kyle Brown ran laterally to create the slimmest of gaps through which Cecil Afrika could burst to open the scoring 30 seconds into the game. Perry Baker was stopped on two separate occasions as the Eagles looked to counter, and Seabelo Senatla doubled the advantage to 14-0 by staying out of Madison Hughes' tackle attempt in the fifth minute.

The Eagles did well to take possession from the Blitzboks in the sixth minute, and Baker rewarded his team with a solo try-scoring effort. He chased an initial kick down field and dribbled the ball towards the try line a few more times to put the Eagles on the scoreboard. Hughes' conversion from near the touch line bounced off of the upright to keep the score at 14-5 at halftime.

South Africa gave the Eagles an attacking opportunity with a penalty on the restart and the U.S. promptly trotted into the attacking half. Though Danny Barrett was taken into touch as they neared the five-meter line, the Eagles regained possession from a Blitzboks error a phase after the set piece. Stephen Tomasin received an offload from Martin Iosefo on the ground in the middle of the field and ran a line to the corner, beating Rosco Specman's tackle to bring the score to 14-10 with another conversion kick unsuccessful off of the post.

A U.S. lineout in a dangerous area behind the 22 proved to be the deciding play of the game, as a loose pass from Hughes to Maka Unufe was corralled by Ruhan Nel and immediately popped to Senatla for a 19-10 lead. The Eagles had the final say in the match, again storming into the attacking third and creating width in the attack for Baker to dot down for a 19-17 final.

The Blitzboks and Scotland advance to the Cup round from Pool B, with the Eagles and Uganda relegated to the Challenge Trophy competition. The U.S.'s Quarterfinal matchup is scheduled to kick off at 1:36 a.m. ET, and can be viewed live on World Rugby's Sevens Series website.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. South Africa
1. Kevon Williams
2. Matai Leuta
3. Danny Barrett
4. Alec Gletzer
5. Don Pati
6. Andrew Durutalo
7. Folau Niua
8. Maka Unufe
9. Stephen Tomasin
10. Madison Hughes
11. Perry Baker
12. Martin Iosefo
13. Anthony Welmers

South Africa | v. USA
1. Chris Dry
2. Philip Snyman
3. Dylan Sage
4. Kwagga Smith
5. Werner Kok
6. Kyle Brown
7. Branco du Preez
8. Rosko Specman
9. Justin Geduld
10. Cecil Afrika
11. Seabelo Senatla
12. Ruhan Nel
13. Siviwe Soyizwapi

Men's Eagles Sevens | 17
Tries: Baker (2), Tomasin
Conversions: Hughes

South Africa | 19
Tries: Afrika, Senatla (2)
Conversions: Du Preez (2)

Men's Eagles Sevens | Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens
v. Scotland - L 14-5
v. Uganda - W 29-7
v. South Africa - L 19-17
Challenge Trophy QF - Saturday, Dec. 3 @ 1:36 a.m. ET