USA vs Argentina – USA Sevens Rugby

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Pool BSam Boyd Stadium03/01/201907:51 PM2019 USA Sevens

A rematch of last year’s USA Sevens final, the Eagles came out looking to book a birth in the quarterfinal with another win over Argentina. Carlin Isle’s try at the one-minute mark of the match gave the Eagles the early advantage. Madison Hughes narrowly missed the conversion, making it 5–0 when the restart came with five minutes left in the half.

Argentina won the restart and looked like it may level the match. Instead. Stephen Tomasin worked hard in defense and forced a marvelous turnover. Moments later, a dangerous tackle sent Argentina’s Santiago Alvarez to the bin for two minutes and gave the United States the ball inside Argentina’s half. Folau Niua kicked to touch inside the Argentinian twenty-two. Argentina played firm in defense but surrendered a penalty in front of the post. Folau Niua took the tap and hit Martin Iosefo with an offload for a try between the posts. Hughes easily added the extra two points to make it 12–0 with just under three minutes left in the half.

Argentina did not wilt, instead putting up a converted try of its own to put the Eagles under pressure. But Stephen Tomasin rose to the occasion with a breakaway score under the posts to make it 19–7 on halftime with Hughes’s conversion.

As the second half got under way, Argentina threatened , working into the USA twenty-two meter line. The United States’ defense was stiff but could not hold when Renzo Barbier broke free to make it 19–12 with five minutes left.

A sloppy restart almost gave Argentina another shot at points, but a knock on led to a USA scrum feed at its own ten-meter line. The Eagles won the scrum and then hammered into the Argentinian defense until Matai Leuta was pinged for a penalty just inside the Argentina half. Argentina took that possession in for a try under the post to tie the match at 19–19.

With 2:30 to go, the United States won the restart, worked the ball to Isles and regained the lead. Moreover, a penalty on Argentina’s German Schulz led to a yellow card and gave the United States a man advantage with a five-point lead heading into the final ninety seconds.

Team USA looked set to control the ball to burn the clock but a pass from Kevon Williams to an unmarked wing went forward, giving Argentina a scrum at the USA ten-meter line, still playing with just six men. Argentina made its way inside the USA twenty-two and to the USA five-meter line. A penalty against Kevon Williams gave Argentina the opening it need ed For Luciano Gonzalez to dive over the line. With the match on the line, Argentina’s Santiago Mare nailed the conversion for the win.

The loss puts team USA in a must-win match against France to start Day 2.

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