Men's Sevens
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South Africa
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Men's Sevens  @ The National Stadium
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USA Men's Sevens fall to South Africa, set sights on Bronze Final

SINGAPORE - After reaching their eighth Cup Semifinal in a row, the Men's Eagles Sevens fell to a sharp South African side 12-24 at HSBC Singapore Sevens. 

The Blitzboks played well, undoubtedly, but the USA conceded possession in crucial areas which could have otherwise resulted in a favorable scoreline. 

South Africa won a penalty on the opening attack and immediately moved deep inside U.S. territory. From there, the Blitzboks spotted a gap on the left flank and took an early 7-0 lead. 

A sizeable outside run by Stephen Tomasin was headed right for the tryline until an offload was intercepted by South Africa and the USA was forced back on defense. The Blitzboks were held back for a decent while but space ultimately opened for their second try in the corner, 12-0. 

Penalties were fairly evident on both sides of the ball halting either team from scoring more points until halftime. 

In the second half, two consecutive South African errors allowed the U.S. to attack within meters of the line when Stephen Tomasin bullied his way into the tryzone to score his 75th career World Rugby Sevens Series try. 

The Blitzboks were quick to answer back, slamming down the left flank to score another and increase the lead 17-5. 

With the clock against them and momentum dwindling away, the USA conceded a penalty on their next attack and gave South Africa a lineout inside the 22. The opposition used the set piece to get within five meters of the try zone until a cynical error by Stephen Tomasin sent him to the sin bin and the Blitzboks were awarded a penalty try, 12-24. 

Ben Pinkelman opened up a huge run on the final play, allowing Joe Schroeder to scoop the offload and finish the job at 12-24 on the final whistle. 

The Eagles Sevens will have one more chance to medal with a rematch against England in the Bronze Final. Both teams met in pool play this tournament with the USA claiming victory. 

Kickoff is set for 6:35 AM ET on ESPN+. 

BROADCAST: usarug.by/ESPN7s 

MEN’S EAGLES SEVENS STAFF

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

HSBC SINGAPORE SEVENS 2019

Pool C | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN +

vs Wales | 31-12 (W)
vs Kenya | 17-14 (W)
vs England | 22-7 (W)

Cup Quarterfinals
vs Argentina | 12-10 (W)

Cup Semifinals
vs South Africa | 12-24 (L)

Bronze Final
vs England | 6:35 AM ET 

VIEW LIVE POOL DRAW FOR UPDATED MATCHUPS 


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