Men's Sevens
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Kenya
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Men's Sevens  @ Spotless Stadium
February 2, 20183:34 pm AEDT
Sydney 7s
  Richard Haughton
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USA Men's Sevens light up the pitch in shutout victory over Kenya

SYDNEY, AUS. - You couldn't take a breath without missing a try from the Men's Eagles Sevens today. In the second match of HSBC Sydney Sevens, the team was downright punishing; notching score after score on the way to a 41-0 victory over Kenya. 

What the scoreboard missed in the USA's first match against France, it was paid twice over as the Americans scored three straight tries on consecutive restarts to open the game. 

But it wasn't only on offense that Mike Friday and his boisterous squad were keeping Kenya at bay. In what was only a few Kenyan possessions, the side was held back by sharp tackles and precise coverage by the United States. 

The opening kickoff saw Danny Barrett score -- completely unmarked -- with a run along the edge. Then, a pass from Barrett to Ben Pinkelman on the restart put the USA up 10-0. Then, a grubber kick by Folau Niua was captured all too easily by Martin Iosefo and the Americans had made quick work of a 15 point lead. 

Kenya had the next attack, threw for a few phases and then back-to-back turnovers and a forward pass put the USA at a scrum. Winning the set piece, Captain Madison Hughes soared straight to the tryline to make it 22-0. No hesitation. 

After the half, Carlin Isles got a quick ball on the edge and outran the Kenyans for one of his own. Then, Matai Leuta made it within five meters of the tryline where Maceo Brown picked it up for another. 

Kevon Williams broke wide open on the next possession, giving the United States a decisive 41-0 score. 

The last attack was devastating for Kenya. Trying desperately to overcome the array of USA tackles was like fighting piece by piece through a cascade of dominoes. 

Kenya finally made it to the tryzone and even dotted down but all was said and done when the referee penalized the Kenyans for not releasing on a previous tackle by Maceo Brown

After a momentous victory, the Men's Eagles Sevens will close out Pool B against North American rival Canada at 3:39 AM ET, LIVE on watch.espnplus.com

Men's Eagles Sevens Staff

Head Coach | Mike Friday
Assistant Coach | JD Stephenson
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Jon Hood
Athletic Trainer | Brian Green
Team Manager | Scott Novack

HSBC Sydney Sevens Schedule & Results 

Pool B | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN+

vs France | 7-0 (W)
vs Kenya | 41-0 (W)
vs Canada | Sat, Feb 2 - 3:39 AM ET

Knockout rounds for Pool B begin Sat, Feb 2 at 7 PM ET

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