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U.S. Men's Rugby Sevens Team Earns First Olympic Win

By Craig Bohnert | Aug. 09, 2016, 6:03 p.m. (ET)

Folau Niua breaks through to score a try during the men's rugby sevens Pool A match between the United States and Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium on Aug. 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


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.

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