Wellington Sevens: Day One recap

Wellington Sevens: Day One recap

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – The Men’s Eagles Sevens finished Day One at Wellington Sevens, the fifth stop on the 2013-14 IRB Sevens World Series, with an 0-1-2 record.

In the first match of Pool C, the Eagles took on Argentina. Unlike the match between the American rivals at USA Sevens Jan. 24, Argentina took an early lead and did not look back, defeating the Eagles 19-14. Carlin Isles and Brett Thompson scored tries in the match, while Argentina was buoyed by Gaston Revol, German Schultz and Diego Palma.

The Eagles then faced another American team, this time border rival Canada. The Canucks had finished third at USA Sevens but found themselves down 5-0 to the Eagles after just two minutes thanks to an Andrew Durutalo try. A 24-0 run changed the landscape of the match, however, before Nick Edwards scored a consolation try for the Eagles, who were relegated to the Bowl competition with the 29-12 loss.

Scotland awaited the Eagles in their final match, with both teams going in winless. Veterans Durutalo, Folau Niua and Zack Test were rested in favor of younger players like Danny Barrett, Garrett Bender and Madison Hughes, who made his first career Series start. Isles scored early and Edwards extended the lead before Scotland found a late first-half try to bring the score to 14-5 at halftime. The two teams traded tries – one from Hughes and two from Andrew Turnbull – but the match ended in a 19-19 draw.

The Eagles finished fourth in the pool on point differential and will look to reach the Bowl Final with the first matchup of the knockout round at 8:06 P.M. ET against France.

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