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USA rugby eliminated, New England Patriots’ Ebner scores try

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Maybe the United States men’s rugby sevens team needed Bill Belichick to come along with safety Nate Ebner when he joined the team in Rio de Janeiro.

Ebner scored a try, worth five points, Wednesday in Team USA’s 24-19 loss to Fiji. Team USA needed to win, draw, or lose by less than four points to get to the quarterfinals. Ebner’s try gave the American’s a chance to get within three points of Figi. Madison Hughes missed wide on an attempted kick for a conversion that would have gotten the United States closer.

USA vs. FIJI – 12:30 – Arguably one of the biggest rugby matches in US history. #DoYourJob #LetTheDogsLoose

— USA Sevens Rugby (@USASevensRugby) August 10, 2016

The Americans had a 7-0 advantage after a kick by Hughes and try from Danny Barrett in the first half. But gold medal favorite Figi roared back in the Summer Games competition.

The @Patriots @NateEbner has been superb in #RIO

— USA Sevens Rugby (@USASevensRugby) August 10, 2016

After the win at Deodoro Stadium, Figi takes on New Zealand in the quarterfinals. Team USA finished the tournament with a 1-2 record. The United States will face Spain at noon Thursday, Aug. 11 in a ninth place match.

What could have been… Tough pill to swallow, best of luck to the quarterfinalists. #rugby #sevens

— USA Sevens Rugby (@USASevensRugby) August 10, 2016