USA Eagles
7  
Argentina
31 19
Men's Sevens  @ AT&T Park
July 22, 20185:02 pm PDT
Rugby World Cup Sevens

Men's Sevens Finish Sixth at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – In the end, it wasn’t the result they wanted. The Eagles suffered devastating defensive miscues, struggled to find a rhythm and ultimately paid the price to 31 Argentinian points. Finishing sixth at Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 — still their highest closing position in the World Cup  — the United States will now begin preparations for an Olympic qualification year; looking ahead to the 2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series

Though the work put in didn’t yield the desired results, the Men’s Eagles Sevens can take pride in knowing that more than 100,000 fans at AT&T Park fell in love with rugby over the course of the weekend. 


“It’s just a disappointing performance by us and we know that. That’s not us and unfortunately sometimes that’s the way the game goes,” said Head Coach Mike Friday, expressing his disappointment in the final result. “It’s even harder to lose in front of such a fantastic rugby crowd as what we’re seeing out there. What [we’re] doing to grow the game in this country and push the sport forward is the most important thing.”

The match was physical from the very start and the U.S. had a difficult time responding to Argentina’s tenacity at the breakdown and precision in exposing gaps. After Santiago Mare escaped both Perry Baker and Folau Niua to score his side’s first points, a tipped pass forced Baker to the sin bin with the referee also awarded Argentina with a penalty try, 0-12. 

Several Eagle drives were stopped by the opposition as the likes of Captain Madison Hughes and Carlin Isles were each boxed in and taken down on promising runs. Before the half could close, Argentina’s Franco Sabato scored one more after catching USA off guard with a kick chase that preserved the shutout at 0-19. 

The second half was a similar repeat of the first, with Argentina maintaining the bulk of possession and the United States desperately searching for space. Two more opposing tries by Matias Osadczuk and Marcos Moroni lifted the score to 0-31 with less than two minutes remaining for the U.S. to recover. 

Martin Iosefo finally found an edge and ran up the right flank to raise the score but it wasn’t enough. The result froze at 7-31 and the United States was locked in at sixth place. 

While the characteristics of the game were not consistent with the execution the Men’s Sevens strive to deliver, the U.S. made a massive leap forward in the larger mission of growing the game. 

With more than 100,000 attendees through the gates at AT&T Park — and thousands of more who watched from home — American fans have seen first hand the excitement, vigor and electricity of rugby sevens. 

Over the next few months, the Pioneers will return to the Olympic Training Site in Chula Vista, CA and set their sights on the five colorful rings that lie ahead in 2020. The 2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series will begin on November 30 with the 2018 Dubai Sevens tournament. 

Until then, the team will rest their heads and rise with a mission to further crack the American sporting landscape.

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)

5/6 Place Final
v Argentina – 7-31 (L)