DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Carlin Isles scored a try after the final whistle, but it was not enough as the Men’s Eagles Sevens lost to England 28-5 in their second match of the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens.
Stephen Tomasin saved a try in the third minute by tackling Sam Edgerley, though Alex Gray scored a try seconds later. Dan Bibby added the conversion for a 7-0 lead.
Jeff Williams sent a low pass to the wing, where James Rodwell managed to catch it and take it to the try zone for the second try. Bibby converted again to extend the lead to 14-0.
Dan Norton dummied a pass at midfield in the sixth minute and sent a long chip kick deep into the Eagles’ defensive territory. He almost chased it down, too, but the Eagles recovered. After the hooter, Marcus Watson touched down to bring the halftime score to 21-0.
Eagles coach Matt Hawkins waited one minute into the second half before substituting Carlin Isles and Pat Blair. Within 10 seconds of play restarting after the substitutions, Tom Mitchell burst through the Eagles for a try. He kicked the conversion to bring the score to 28-0.
In the 11th minute, Isles received the ball but could not find room to run. A minute later, a Niua grubber kick found space near the 22. Niua was held back by Norton, however, and the official deemed it card-worthy, sending Norton to the sin bin.
Even with the man advantage, the Eagles could not get much going for the second consecutive match. Isles was set up perfectly on the win with at least 20 meters to the touch line, but he failed to catch the pass and a scrum was awarded for a knock.
After England regained possession, an ill-advised pass after contact resulted in a loose ball for the Eagles to grab. The first pass found Isles, who did not have to do much to find the corner of the try zone to get the Eagles on the board. Niua missed the tough-angled conversion as the players left the field, bringing the final score to 28-5.
The Eagles will face Canada in their last pool match at 9:02 A.M. ET. Canada also has two losses, and both teams will not be able to advance to the Cup Quarterfinals. England and Fiji will top Pool C as both teams have two wins and six points to the North Americans’ zero points each.
Men's Eagles Sevens | v England
1. Carlin Isles
2. Nick Edwards
3. Andrew Durutalo
4. Nu'u Punimata
5. Zack Test
6. Brett Thompson
7. Folau Niua
8. Pat Blair
9. Ryne Haitsuka
10. Zach Mizell
11. Stephen Tomasin
12. Miles Craigwell