It was truly a tale of halves at Hong Kong Stadium Friday as the Men’s Eagles Sevens overturned a 14-point deficit in their opening match of Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens against Kenya to earn a 21-14 win.
Mataiyasi Leuta will make his Men’s Eagles Sevens debut and Nate Augspurger will pull on a U.S. jersey for the first time since December 2012 at Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens as Mike Friday’s team begins its stretch run to an Olympic-qualifying position.
Fresh from the U.S.’s best performance at a World Rugby HSBC Sevens World Series stop since 2010, Mike Friday and staff have reconvened at the Olympic Training Center for the March 8-14 Men’s Eagles Sevens High Performance Camp.
While the Men’s Eagles Sevens finished fourth at USA Sevens – the U.S.’s best result on a World Rugby HSBC Sevens World Series leg since 2010 – four other USA Rugby teams placed in the top five of their respective Las Vegas Invitational divisions.
Backed by a home crowd at Sam Boyd Stadium, the Men’s Eagles Sevens fought valiantly against defending World Rugby HSBC Sevens World Series champion New Zealand, but were sent to the USA Sevens third-place match with a 26-12 defeat.
A shutout, 20-0, victory against Canada Saturday in the USA Sevens Cup Quarterfinal sends the Men’s Eagles Sevens to their fourth-ever Cup Semifinal on the World Rugby HSBC Sevens World Series circuit.