USA Eagles
28 14
Scotland
0  
Men's Sevens  @ AT&T Park
July 22, 201811:24 am PDT
Rugby World Cup Sevens
Referee:  Jeremy Rozier

USA Shuts Out Scotland in 5/8 Place Match

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. - We've seen the best of times and we've seen the worst of times. But today, all we saw was the team on fire lighting up the pitch with masterful offloads and skillful set piece play to clinch an 0-28 victory over Scotland in the 5/8 Place Match at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. The Men's Eagles Sevens will return for one final battle against Argentina at 5:02 PM PT with the winner taking 5th place and closing out the day undefeated. The match will be broadcast LIVE on NBCSN

Despite their heartbreaking loss to England in the Championship Quarterfinals last night, thousands of fans packed the stands at AT&T Park, raucous to see the home team play. 

Though it took a few minutes for the United States to score their initial try, the threat to Scotland was evident from the very jump. A beautiful relay between Captain Madison Hughes and Perry Baker went back and forth until Hughes darted to the edge and was pushed to touch just before he could seal the points. 

Minutes later, Scotland's Harvey Elms drew a yellow and the U.S. was in prime position to take full advantage. With the ball in hand and the tryzone well in his sights, Maka Unufe dashed around defenders and put his home side up, 0-7. 

With a Scottish penalty on the ensuing play, the Men's Sevens employed their refreshing set piece precision. Following Folau Niua's leaping catch, Martin Iosefo employed fancy footwork and Captain Madison Hughes escaped a tackle to finish the job with one more, 0-14. 

After halftime, the Eagles were back on fire. Though he was covered by Scottish defenders through most of the game, Perry Baker broke away for what should have been a classic try before a tackle pushed him to touch. After a penalty, USA set piece wonders peaked once more as Brett Thompson took a U.S. ball from the scrum and increased the shutout to 0-19.

As Scotland took one final possession, the crowd grew restless. Fans from all over the globe felt the energy of the home team, cheering for USA's Thompson who then swooped in to deny a Scottish offload. 

A knock on for the opposing team led to a USA lineout where the unmatched speed of Carlin Isles left Scotland in the dust and clinched the win, 0-28. 

The victory was exactly what fans were craving at AT&T Park. Now, with momentum and the energy of an electric home crowd, the United States will take on Argentina at 5:02 PM PT for fifth place, LIVE on NBCSN.

MEN'S EAGLES SEVENS STAFF | RUGBY WORLD CUP SEVENS 2018

Head Coach | Mike Friday
Assistant Coach | Chris Brown
Assistant Coach | Phil Greening
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Jon Hood
Performance Analyst | Paul Goulding 
Athletic Trainer | Brian Green
Coach | JD Stephenson
Team Manager | Scott Novack 

MEN'S EAGLES SEVENS SCHEDULE | RUGBY WORLD CUP SEVENS 2018

Round of 16
v Wales - 35-0 (W)

Championship Quarterfinal
v England - 19-24 (L)

5/8 Place Semifinal
v Scotland - 0-28 (W)