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  Damian Schneider

Men's Eagles Sevens hustle past Spain in match two of HSBC Cape Town Sevens

CAPE TOWN, RSA. - What the Men's Eagles Sevens denied to fans in the first half of play against Spain, they repaid twice over in a 38-17 win decided in the second half. 

Following their smashing result over Japan, the United States men opened their second match of HSBC Cape Town Sevens with a few costly mistakes before a convincing string of tries sealed the victory.

Showing some challenges at the restart, the Eagles Sevens still managed to open with the first points of the game. After a Spanish penalty allowed Folau Niua to kick to touch, the United States converted a set piece play from inside the 22 to a running try by Kevon Williams. 

In a show of strength, the Spanish answered with two back-to-back scores of their own after first intercepting a loose pass and next overcoming two tackles to claim the lead, 7-12. 

Knowing they needed at least one more try before the half, USA got the ball in the hands of Perry Baker who made a classic breakaway but was tripped up by Spanish defenders. Without hesitation, Baker saw Stephen Tomasin closing in and made a swift pass for his teammate to take it all the way, 14-12. 

One more mistake at the restart proved costly when Spain used their own set piece play to win the ball, avoid two USA tackles and just barely dot down, 14-17. 

The try -- a springboarding wake-up call -- set a punishing Eagles Sevens attack into motion. Entirely unwilling to let their strong start get away, the Americans fought relentlessly on the next attack to reclaim the lead for good. 

An offload from Martin Iosefo to Danny Barrett saw Barrett force his way past Spain to dive over the line, 21-17. Then, immediately after, Stephen Tomasin caught his opponents off-guard and torched the pitch for another. The try marked the second consecutive match where Tomasin scored twice. 

With time ticking down and a margin of space on the outside, Carlin Isles displayed careful footing to maintain his balance on the wing and fly full speed into the try zone.

One last play and one last Eagle attack saw the newest addition to the Men's Eagles Sevens -- Maceo Brown -- score his very first World Series try to close the game at 38-17. 

Though scary and perhaps a little disheartening at first, the United States men were persistent. With their place set in the Cup Quarterfinals, the Americans will play one final match against Argentina (1-1) before the knockout rounds begin tomorrow. 

Argentina versus the United States kicks off at 12:12 PM ET, LIVE on ESPN+. 

Men's Eagles Sevens Staff

Head Coach | Mike Friday
Assistant Coach | Anthony "Rocky" Roques
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Matt Long
Athletic Trainer | Brian Green
Team Manager | Scott Novack

HSBC Cape Town Sevens Schedule

Pool B | Broadcast LIVE on ESPN+

vs. Japan | 54-0 (W)
vs. Spain | 38-17 (W)
vs. Argentina | Sat, Dec. 8 - 12:12 PM ET

*Knockout rounds for Pool B begin as early as Sun, Dec. 9 at 3:58 AM ET. Updated matchups will be available by following @USARugby on Twitter.