USA Rugby Sevens men's and women's teams progress on day 1

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FU Spanos and Dundon
Staff member
Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA
You guys need to watch the world cup on NBC Sports network. So fun!

Both the men’s and women’s Eagles Sevens have started in confident fashion at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco on Friday, with the women’s Eagles winning twice to progress to the semi-final stage.

The men’s Eagles opened their tournament in imposing fashion, beating Wales 35-0 in their round of 16 clash to set up a quarter-final showdown with fourth-ranked England.

Martin Iosefo opened the scoring after finding a gap from a 5m lineout, before Iosefo turned provider to send Perry Baker on his way for try number two.

The rapid winger and 2017 World Rugby Sevens player of the year then had too much gas for the Eagles’ third try, before Stephen Tomasin fired offloads to send in Danny Barrett and Carlin Isles to ensure a comfortable scoreline.

“We were waiting around all day to play that match but as soon as we got out there we were ready to go,” said captain Madison Hughes.

“We were ready to work for each other and that attitude we brought I think was really important and that is what helped us win. We don’t get many opportunities to play in front of our friends, family and home support so it feels really good to do so.”

Earlier, the women’s Eagles made light work of twelfth-ranked China, winning their round of 16 clash 38-7, before coming through a trickier quarter-final against Russia, 33-17.

The women’s Eagles had to rebuff a determined Russia with just six players on the field after captain Nicole Heavirland was penalised and sent to the “sin bin” for two minutes.

They demonstrated the growing strength of the women’s sevens game as they held off the fourth-ranked Russian side, without Rio Olympic topscorer Alev Kelter who remains injured.

Naya Tapper got the first two tries for the home side who pushed out to a 21-7 lead when Abby Gustaitis crossed. But after Heavirland’s yellow card Russia reduced the deficit to just four. Ilona Maher and Cheta Emba ensuring the result with second-half tries to ensure a more comfortable scoreline at the end.

The women’s Eagles take on defending World Cup Sevens champions New Zealand on Saturday in their quest to reach a first-ever World Cup final.