Men's Sevens
40 21
Wales
14 14
Men's Sevens  @ BC Place Stadium
Canada Sevens
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Men's Eagles Sevens rout Wales to open HSBC Canada Sevens

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Wales were no match for the No. 1 team in the world. In the first game of Pool Play at HSBC Canada Sevens, the United States cruised to a 40-14 victory thanks to a hat trick by Carlin Isles and a dominant combination of speed and space. 

Though the Welsh scored first, after owning the opening kickoff and creating space on the outside, the Eagles Sevens weren't far behind. Carlin Isles made quick work to get open on the outside -- after only one phase -- and ran pitch-length to even the score, 7-7. 

Good ball protection kept the USA in the game where Kevon Williams caught the defense off guard at the breakdown and ran straight for the try zone. In an unfortunate turn of events, Williams was tackled after crossing the line and reached over a Welsh defender to put the ball to the ground. The referee was unconvinced, however, as he stripped the try and the crowd could sense a dent in momentum. 

On the ensuing drive, Carlin Isles made a mirror score to his first try, running along the outside at maximum speed to dot down in the middle, 14-7. And on the final play of the half, Martin Iosefo added another, outrunning the defense on his own to put one down right at the break. 

The United States hit the gas for the remainder of the game when Carlin Isles sealed his hat trick and a high tackle on Stephen Tomasin gave USA another opportunity. With the momentum, Tomasin made a quick pass to Captain Madison Hughes at the line and Hughes was in for another score, 33-14.   

Despite a few moments given away to Wales, momentum was weighing heavily on the USA side. And with it, the Eagles Sevens further showcased their depth as newcomer Marcus Tupuola ran steadfast along the wing to score the first try of his senior World Series career, 40-14. 

The high-scoring win was exactly what the Eagles Sevens needed to open HSBC Canada Sevens with the right tone. But now, another two challenges lie ahead as Chile come up next at 6:14 PM ET and South Africa follow suit at 9:46 PM ET.  

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Men's Eagles Sevens Staff

Head Coach | Mike Friday
Assistant Coach | Anthony Roques
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Jon Hood
Athletic Trainer | Brian Green
Team Manager | Scott Novack

HSBC USA Sevens Schedule

Pool A | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN +

vs Wales | 40-14 (W)
vs Chile | Sat, Mar 9 - 6:14 PM ET
vs South Africa | Sat, Mar 9 - 9:46 PM ET

*Knockout rounds for Pool A begin as early as Mar 10 at 12:30 PM ET. 

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