The U.S. men's rugby sevens team gained its first victory at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, shutting out the host nation Brazil 26-0 Tuesday afternoon at Deodoro Stadium.
Folau Niua opened the scoring for the Americans with a try at 3:31 in the first half, and a conversion by Madison Hughes pushed the score to 7-0. Nate Ebner, who is on leave from his job as a defensive back for the New England Patriots, scored as the half ended, and Hughes' second conversion made the halftime score 14-0.
Carlin Isles scored his first Olympic try at the 6:05 mark in the second half, but Hughes's failed conversion left the score 19-0. Maka Unufe scored a try and Hughes made the conversion late in the contest for the final 26-0 tally.
Now 1-1, the U.S. will close out pool play against Fiji at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10.