LONDON, England – The Men’s Eagles Sevens rebounded from a fourth consecutive loss at Marriott London Sevens to take home the Shield Sunday at Twickenham Stadium. The Eagles gained three standings points in London to bring their 2013-14 IRB HSBC Sevens World Series total to 41, good for 13th place.
Andrew Durutalo opened the scoring in the Eagles’ Bowl Quarterfinal match against Spain, but this year’s relegated team bounced back with two tries in each half to take the match, 26-7.
The Eagles took out some due frustration on Portugal – the other core Series team on the circuit below the Eagles in the standings – after losing 13 consecutive matches in the last three tournaments with a 45-7 win in the Shield Semifinal. Mike Palefau and Nick Edwards each scored a brace and Madison Hughes kicked five conversions to propel the Eagles into the Shield Final.
Japan fell to Canada in the Bowl Quarterfinal but beat Scotland in the Shield Semifinal to advance to the Final against the Eagles. Matt Hawkins’ men sought redemption for an Emirates Airline Shield Semifinal loss and got it with a 36-12 win. The Eagles scored all six of their tries before Japan scored its two in the final minute of the match to earn the Shield.
Though the Eagles will be disappointed with 13th place, the next year’s IRB HSBC Sevens World Series will help determine the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games participants after Rugby Sevens was added to the Olympic Program for the first time since 1924.