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USA Men's Sevens conclude 2019 season as World No. 2

The USA Men’s Eagles Sevens have concluded their 2019 season as world No. 2.

After falling to South Africa 7-24 in the Bronze Final, the United States finished the HSBC Paris Sevens stop in fourth place to end what has been their most successful season of all time.

The USA won a turnover early in the match to get Perry Baker open on the wing for a try mid posts. South Africa took command of the game next, stealing the ball from a U.S. ruck to run it back the other way. After the first of many penalties against the United States, the South Africans snuck away on the edges to curve around the pitch and take 7-12 lead.

Into the second half, the United States continued to battle, searching for space and opportunities despite losing the ball on one too many occasions due to penalties. South Africa did well to make the most of every U.S. mistake, keeping the ball alive in high pressure situations that the Eagles Sevens defense worked hard to control.

With only a couple minutes remaining, the South Africans scored two more tries and time was no longer in favor of another tournament medal for the United States, 7-24.

Though they continued to play amidst the adversity of three contentious knockout stages -- and were ultimately unable to take the Series title for themselves – the Eagles Sevens still finished with a No. 2 World Ranking, seven medals and qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

With 52 tries, Carlin Isles concluded the season as the highest try scorer out of all 16 teams and the third-highest overall points scorer with 260. Captain Madison Hughes was second in overall points scored at 299 including tries, conversions and one penalty. Ben Pinkelman finished fourth in offloads made with 41. 
 
Never before has a USA Men’s Sevens team achieved such feats. In one season alone, the squad tied the number of medals they’d won in the decades long history of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. The highest they’d ever finished before was fifth.

From four straight silver medals, winning Gold at their home stop in Las Vegas and adding two more Bronze medals in Hong Kong and London, the USA men have certainly laid a foundation for a successful Olympic year ahead.

MEN’S EAGLES SEVENS STAFF

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

HSBC PARIS SEVENS 2019 SCHEDULE

Pool C | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN Networks
vs Spain | 31-7 (W)
vs Samoa | 33-14 (W)
vs Canada | 26-12 (W)

Cup Quarterfinals 
vs Kenya | 26-14 (W)

Cup Semifinals
vs Fiji | 33-14 (L)

Bronze Final
vs South Africa | 7-24 (L)


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