Eagles push Wales aside on way to Fifth-Place Playoff in Sydney

SYDNEY, Australia - Missing several players in the lineup, the Men's Eagles Sevens sent Carlin Isles over the try line twice in a 19-10 defeat of Wales at HSBC Sydney7s to reach the Fifth-Place Playoff at Allianz Stadium.

Isles' partner in crime, Perry Baker, has not been available on day two due to an injury, but that has not stopped the "Fastest Man in Rugby" from having an impact. The Eagles will play reigning HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champion and Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games gold medalist Fiji at 1:57 a.m. ET with 13 standings points on the line. The match will be broadcast live on World Rugby's website.

Danny Barrett was active in his team's fifth match of the tournament - just a week after the third leg of the Series in Wellington, New Zealand - as a member of a dominant forward group with Andrew Durutalo and Stephen Tomasin. Tomasin bailed out Barrett's knock in the opening minute with a third-minute tackle that won a penalty, and Folau Niua found Martin Iosefo running a line to the posts with a pass at the 22 for a 7-0 lead.

The Eagles won the ball again from the ensuing restart and Isles dazzled the crowd on the third day of rugby sevens in Sydney with a try from a perfect Durutalo pass. Wales only had one meaningful possession as the half neared an end but could not capitalize in the face of the U.S. defense for a 14-0 score at the break.

Isles nearly secured the Try of the Tournament award when he chased a kick by Madison Hughes, outracing two defenders that had more-than-fair head starts. An unlucky bounce of the ball forced him into snatching at it with one hand, however, causing him to lose it forward behind the 22. Wales went down the field and used a penalty deep in the attacking half to turn the Eagles around and send James Botham into the try zone for a 14-5 game.

Botham doubled his tally and his team's scoring output for a 14-10 score line on a similar series of events in the 12th minute when Luke Treharne took a quick tap 10 meters from the try line. Niua found Isles with a skip pass in the 13th minute to ensure Wales would not get any closer to a win, with the speedster's fifth try of the tournament bringing the final score to 19-10.

Fiji was stunned by a late New Zealand try in the Cup Quarterfinals but felled Argentina to reach the Fifth-Place Playoff, and will face the Eagles for the second time this season. The previous meeting was a win for Fiji in the HSBC Cape Town Sevens Fifth-Place Semifinal. The final match for both teams in Australia is scheduled to kick off at 1:57 a.m. ET, with the live broadcast available to viewers in the United States on World Rugby's Sevens Series website.

Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Wales
1. Carlin Isles
2. Matai Leuta
3. Danny Barrett
4. Chris Coyle
5. Don Pati
6. Andrew Durutalo
7. Folau Niua
8. Connor Wallace-Sims
9. Stephen Tomasin
10. Madison Hughes (C)
11. Perry Baker
12. Martin Iosefo
13. Pago Haini

Wales | v. USA
1. Luke Treharne
2. Morgan Williams
3. Stefan Andrews
4. Lloyd Evans
5. Owen Jenkins
6. Tom G Williams
7. Ethan Davies
8. Owen Lane
9. Adam Thomas
10. Sam Cross
11. James Botham
12. Ben Roach
13. Matthew Owen

Men's Eagles Sevens | 19
Tries: Iosefo, Isles (2)
Conversions: Hughes (2)

Wales | 10
Tries: Botham (2)
Conversions: N/A

Men's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Sydney7s
v. Argentina - W 22-19
v. Canada - W 31-19
v. Russia - L 17-14
Cup QF v. South Africa - L 21-10
Fifth-Place SF v. Wales - W 19-10
Fifth-Place Playoff v. Fiji - Sunday, Feb. 5 @ 1:57 a.m. ET