Spain defeat earns second consecutive Shield for Eagles

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – The Men’s Eagles Sevens earned their second consecutive Shield with a 28-12 win against Spain at Wellington Sevens.

Spain’s Francisco Hernandez opened the scoring in the fourth minute, getting on the end of a grubber kick in the in-goal. He converted the try to put the Eagles down 7-0.

Zack Test found space on the wing in the sixth minute and beat his defender for the Eagles’ reply. Madison Hughes converted to draw the sides level at 7-7. The score remained tied at halftime.

Carlin Isles scored his fifth try in New Zealand a minute into the second half. He took a step and, in an instant, ran around the Spain defense to put the Eagles ahead. Hughes converted for a 14-7 score line.

Pono Haitsuka, who has started every match for the Eagles in Wellington, was next to score in the ninth minute. Brett Thompson fed the Oregon State Beaver and sent him on his way into the try zone.

Matias Tudela cut the deficit to 21-12 in the 13th minute, but the Eagles were in no danger of losing with seconds remaining.

The Eagles earn three standings points at Wellington Sevens and add another Shield to the trophy cabinet. Next up for the Eagles is Tokyo Sevens Mar. 22-23.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v Spain
1. Carlin Isles
2. Nick Edwards (@ 13')
3. Danny Barrett
4. Garrett Bender
5. Zack Test
6. Brett Thompson
7. Folau Niua (@ 14')
8. Andrew Durutalo (@ 13')
9. Pono Haitsuka
10. Shalom Suniula (@ 13')
11. Madison Hughes
12. Ryan Matyas (@ 14')

Men's Eagles Sevens | 28
Tries: Test, Isles (2), Haitsuka
Conversions: Hughes (3), Niua