PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – Carlin Isles scored his fourth and fifth tries of the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens Sunday in the Bowl Semifinals against England, but it was not enough as the Eagles will head home without a trophy after the 33-14 loss.
Tom Mitchell fended Zack Test in the second minute and kept away from Isles for the match’s opening try. He missed his own conversion for a 5-0 lead.
England committed a penalty in the fourth minute and the Eagles elected to kick for touch, hoping for a lineout. Folau Niua’s kicked the ball a long ways, but it did not find touch, turning over possession. With the ball, England cycled the ball and spread out the Eagles.
Alex Gray received the ball from Tom Powell and, while being brought down, found Tom Mitchell. Mitchell made a final pass to Dan Bibby, who walked into the try zone for the second unanswered try. Bibby kicked the extras himself for a 12-0 lead.
Isles took a step once the Eagles got the ball back and beat Mat Turner at midfield before scoring his first try of the match. Niua converted to cut the deficit to 12-7.
Niua kicked off before the halftime whistle sounded, giving England an opportunity to extend the lead. Jeff Williams did just that after bowling over Isles and sprinting away from Nu’u Punimata. England took a 19-7 lead into halftime.
Turner replicated Isles’ first-half try in the ninth minute with a burst of speed past Punimata for a 26-7 England lead.
On the restart, Test hit the ball in the air back to Niua, who drew two defenders, allowing Isles space on the wing. A quick pass to the man in the number one jersey was all that was needed, as Isles ran almost the length of the field to the try zone. Niua followed him to convert the try and put the score at 26-14.
Turner scored his second try of the match in the 14th minute when Isles took a bad angle and Test could not grab the Englishman. Niua could not corral the ensuing restart and the final whistle signaled a 33-14 loss for the Eagles.
The Eagles gained five points from South Africa, their largest haul of the young 2013-14 IRB Sevens World Series season. The Eagles will return to training at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., to prepare for Las Vegas Sevens Jan. 24-26. Purchase tickets to the Eagles’ home leg here.
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
Men's Eagles Sevens | 14
Tries: Isles (2)
Conversions: Niua (2)