Men's Sevens
36 22
Spain
7 0
Men's Sevens  @ Hong Kong Stadium
Hong Kong Sevens
  Damien Schneider
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No. 1 USA Men's Sevens win first battle of Hong Kong Sevens against Spain

HONG KONG - The No. 1 Men's Eagles Sevens looked sharp as ever as they cruised to the first victory of Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, 36-7 over No. 11 Spain. 

The United States opened the seventh-round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with a bang, notching a 22 point lead at halftime and holding the Spanish to only one try.

Dominant play by the Eagles Sevens was founded with excellent management of both space and possession, allowing the World Series leaders to easily put away five tries in their Pool D opener. 

After Spain won the first possession, a penalty gave the ball right back to the USA where an array of patient phases led to Stephen Tomasin putting the first one in the try zone. 

Double knock-ons by the United States and Spain followed suit, after which Matai Leuta escaped swiftly along the edge for another.

The restart paved the way for Martin Iosefo to add one more, picking up a loose ball and running away before the Spanish defense had a chance to reset. 

And with the extra points on Iosefo's score, Captain Madison Hughes hit a new benchmark, passing legendary World Rugby Hall of Famer Waisale Serevi (Fiji) in All-Time Series Points. Hughes is now 10th overall in the category.

Stephen Tomasin added his second try of the match just before halftime and the Eagles Sevens had built a considerable lead over the opposition. 

When play resumed, Carlin Isles -- sporting his classic red bandana -- converted a one-phase possession into fireworks, increasing the USA lead to 29 points. 

But from there, Spain's first real attacking opportunity was well-played and the other side notched a try to end the shutout. 

A couple scattered penalties kept the ball in Spanish hands until Brett Thompson intercepted a pass and ran it pitch-length for the final Eagle try, 36-7. Spain conceded possession once more on the final play but a penalty put the match in the dust. 

The United States will next face Wales who last fell 36-19 in a tightly contested battle with England. Kickoff is set for 12:25 AM ET on ESPN+ or usarug.by/ESPN7s.

Men's Eagles Sevens Staff

Head Coach | Mike Friday
Assistant Coach | Phil Greening
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Jon Hood
Athletic Trainer | Brian Green
Team Manager | Scott Novack

Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Schedule

Pool D | Broadcast LIVE on various ESPN Networks

vs Spain | 37-7 (W)
vs Wales | Saturday, Apr 6 - 12:25 AM ET
vs England | Saturday, Apr 6 - 4:08 AM ET

Knockout rounds for Pool D begin as early as Saturday, Apr 6 at 9:30 PM ET.

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