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Men's Eagles Sevens defeat New Zealand, make third-consecutive Gold Medal match

HAMILTON, NZL. - Unstoppable, unimaginable, driven, decisive -- pick a word. For the third consecutive tournament, the No. 1 USA Men's Eagles Sevens are headed to a Cup Final. After knocking off No. 2 New Zealand 17-7 at their home tournament in Hamilton, the United States has secured their third straight medal and once again made history. 

The match wasn't easy by any means, but the Eagles Sevens did what they have done the entire weekend: stay calm under pressure, keep defensive focus alive and protect the ball. While there were mistakes on both sides, New Zealand created one too many crucial errors which the USA men did well to take full advantage of. 

The first half of play sat almost entirely in New Zealand territory with the bulk of possession honed by the Eagles Sevens. And with adrenaline pumping through the veins of all 14 men on the pitch, it took some time for the first team to score.

But the USA got it done. 

On what should have been an outright try, Carlin Isles was boxed in on the corner and a knock on by Folau Niua gave a scrum to the opposition. Knocking it on themselves, the All Blacks Sevens then gave USA a scrum where Captain Madison Hughes ran headstrong to the tryline with no looking back, 5-0. 

Caught looking at the restart, New Zealand gave the U.S. another possession but Regan Ware intercepted a long pass on the play and ran it back for 5-7 lead.

All through the second half, knock ons and loose offloads had the ball jumping from side-to-side. Things took a turn for the better, however, when the All Black Sevens were penalized for a lifting tackle on Stephen Tomasin and Vilimoni Koroi was sent to the sin bin. 

USA took full advantage of the yellow card and sent Tomasin dashing to the tryzone right under the posts, 12-7. 

A final one-on-one matchup between Carlin Isles and his defenders left little to the imagination. The crowd roared as Isles swiftly outran his opposition, dotting down in the corner to seal the Cup Final berth. 

The United States has never played in a Cup Final in New Zealand and will now have a chance to redeem their Cup Final in Cape Town to Fiji. USA has now made every Gold Medal match this season. Both teams square off at 2:10 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 New Zealand Sevens Schedule & Results

Pool B | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN+

vs Tonga | 29-7 (W)
vs Samoa | 34-14 (W)
vs England | 19-7 (W)

Cup Quarterfinals
vs Scotland | 19-14 (W)

Cup Semifinals
vs New Zealand | 17-7 (W)

Cup Final
vs Fiji | Jan 27 - 2:10 AM ET 

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