04/07/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/07/2019 10:47
By Karen Price | April 07, 2019, 11:27 a.m. (ET)
Folau Niua gives a thumbs up to the stands at the HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on April 7, 2019 in Hong Kong.
The U.S. men's rugby sevens team took the bronze medal and its sixth podium finish of the season with a 22-10 win over Samoa at the HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday.
More importantly, the Eagles remain atop the series standings with a seven-point lead over second-place Fiji with three rounds yet to play. The top four finishers in the series automatically qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
So far this season, the Eagles have collected four silvers, one gold and one bronze.
The U.S. defeated South Africa in the quarterfinals 21-12 and ensured that it would finish in the top four in all seven tournaments this season. The Americans lost to Fiji in the semifinals 28-19.
In the bronze-medal match, Maceo Brown got some room thanks to Kevon Williams and jumped over the tryline to give the Eagles a 5-0 lead before Carlin Isles scored his ninth try of the weekend - the most ever by one player at the Hong Kong Sevens - to make it 10-0. Samoa made it 10-5 before going into the half, but Joe Schroeder gave the U.S. some breathing room with a try and the conversion that made it 17-5. Marcus Tupuola rounded out the scoring for the U.S.
The next stop is Singapore, where the U.S. could potentially wrap up an Olympic qualifying spot.