Team USA went 1-2 in the Emirates Airline London 7s on day one, falling to England and France, but pulling out a fantastic win against Argentina courtesy of
The USA Men's Sevens team started off in the 7th leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series with a big ask: going up against Series leaders and tournament hosts, England.
The Eagles played a very solid and proficient game against the English, and just missed out on a massive upset.
Regulars on the score sheet, Matt Hawkins, Paul Emerick, and Shalom Suniula dotted down five-pointers in the England match and gave the hosts a run for their money with the scores tied at halftime. England's electric danger man, Dan Norton, scored a hat trick in the second half to help his team squeak by a very good Eagles outfit.
Up next was Argentina and the Eagles looked to be in a bit of trouble after getting shut out of the first half and Argentina putting up 14 points. The pain continued into the second as Argentina scored after just one minute of second-half play. However, the Eagles kicked into gear and Argentina would suffer 22 USA points to give the Eagles a win.
Tai Enosa was in fantastic form and punished the Pumas with his pace and his ankle-breaking side step. He scored two tries in just under 80 seconds to give the Eagles a kickstart. Miles Craigwell showed what he could do and added another score to bring the Eagles within a try. USA coach, Al Caravelli, brought on some fresh legs in Nese Malifa and Justin Boyd and the team would cash in on a bit of extra gas. Justin Boyd scored a heroic try in the waning seconds and and gave the Eagles a 22-21 victory.
France hit the Eagles early and kept the USA back pedaling for most of the first half. Eagle vet, Mike Palefau crossed for his first try in a long time but the French crossed the line twice more before halftime.
Cal Bear, whose Alma Mater will play in the College Premier Division National Championship later today, got the Eagles going in the second half. However the French were able to cross the line again and hold the Eagles out for the rest of the second half, with the exception of a last-ditch try by Zack Test.
The Eagles ended up losing 17-24 to the French.
Tomorrow the USA will play Spain in the bowl quarterfinal, which kicks off at 3:30 a.m. MDT.