Men’s Eagles Sevens Beats Spain in Hong Kong Sevens Opener

USA Rugby Men’s Eagles Sevens opened the Cathay Pacific HSBC Sevens Series Hong Kong Sevens with a 36-7 win over Spain in Pool D. Preceding the match, England beat Wales 36-19. Matches are being broadcast LIVE in the U.S. on watch.espnplus.com.

The Eagles Sevens come into the tournament ranked 1st in the world. They are in Pool D along with 11th ranked Spain, 13th ranked Wales, and 5th ranked England. Knockout rounds for Pool D begin as early as 9:30 PM ET on Saturday, April 6.

Match Recap – USA vs Spain

The Men’s Eagles Sevens team controlled the territory during the first half, with Spain not crossing into the USA half.

After multiple phases, a Martin Iosefo offload to Stephen Tomasin resulted in a try in the left corner.  They then extended the lead to 10-0 after a Ben Pinkelman offload to Matai Leuta for a try in the right corner.

From the ensuing restart, Martin Iosefo gathered the ball and raced in for a try under the posts, with Madison Hughes slotting the kick. A Pinkelman poach at the breakdown then led to a second Tomasin try in the left corner for a 22-0 lead at the break.

Matai Leuta gathered the second half restart and Carlin Isles stepped two defenders for a try under the posts. Hughes slotted the kick to push the lead to 29-0.

Spain answered back with their solo try of the day by Alejandro Sanchez de la Rosa Hernandez from a pop pass by Josh Taylor. Hernandez, who was making his debut in the Series, slotted the conversion to cut the lead to 29-7.

The USA added a final try by Brett Thompson, who intercepted a Juan Pedro Ramos pass and raced 65-meters for a try. Hughes slotted the conversion for a 36-7 win.

The USA will continue Pool play on Saturday, April 6 at 12:25 AM ET against Wales and then finish with England at 4:08 AM ET.

Men’s Eagles Sevens Squad – Extended Squad Preview

USA Men’s Eagles 7s: 1. Carlin Isles 2. Ben Pinkelman 3. Joe Schroeder 4. Matai Leuta 5. Brett Thompson 6. Kevon Williams 7. Folau Niua 8. Maceo Brown 9. Stephen Tomasin 10. Madison Hughes 11. Marcus Tupuola 12. Martin Iosefo 13. Ben Broselle

Men’s Eagles Sevens Staff

  • Head Coach | Mike Friday
  • Assistant Coach | Phil Greening
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach | Jon Hood
  • Athletic Trainer | Brian Green
  • Team Manager | Scott Novack

Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Schedule

Pool D | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN +

  • vs Spain W 36-7
  • vs Wales Saturday, Apr 6 – 12:25 AM ET
  • vs England Saturday, Apr 6 – 4:08 AM ET
  • Knockout rounds for Pool D begin as early as Saturday, Apr 6 at 9:30 PM ET.

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