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U.S. Men's Rugby Team Defeats Spain, Finishes Ninth In Olympic Return

By Craig Bohnert | Aug. 11, 2016, 9:23 a.m. (ET)

(L-R) Carlin Isles and Perry Baker in the men's match against Fiji at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Deodoro Stadium on Aug. 10, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.


Carlin Isles used his blazing speed to score two tries and lead the U.S. men's rugby sevens to a 24-12 victory over Spain Thursday afternoon at Deodoro Stadium.

The final game for the U.S. in Rio, the win means the Americans will finish in ninth place in the Rio tournament.

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After Spain scored a try in the second minute, Danny Barrett pulled the U.S. even with a try in the fourth minute. Madison Hughes' conversion gave the Americans a 7-5 lead, which Isles added to with a streak down the sideline for a try as the half wound down, giving the U.S. a 12-5 halftime lead.

Spain drew even at 12-12 with a try and conversion in the 11th minute, but Maka Unufe answered with a try in the 12th minute and Team USA was back on top 19-12 after Chris Wyles' successful conversion. Isles capped the scoring with a last-minute breakaway for the final 24-12 score.

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