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Team USA ended its Olympic campaign with a 24-12 win over Spain Thursday, claiming ninth place. The result sees the USA finish with a 3-2 record with two wins over Brazil, the defeat of Spain and losses to Fiji and Argentina.
Spain struck first through Pable Fontes. Spain controlled possession early, and a bevy of penalties marched the USA back to its own try line before Fontes scored from short range.
On the ensuing restart, a Spaniard was sin binned for colliding with Garrett Bender while he was in the air. The Eagles benefitted from another Spanish penalty seconds later, and they would capitalize on the forward momentum with a Danny Barrett try. Madison Hughes converted, putting the USA up 7-5.
Spain won the next start, but wound up ending its possession in touch. Off of a lineout deep in its own end, the USA swung the ball wide to Carlin Isles, and he sped past the defense with relative ease for a try, giving the Eagles a 12-5 lead going into halftime.
Spain struck first in the second half, as some lackluster defense from Andrew Durutalo contributed to a long-range score. It was converted, leveling the table at 12-12.
The stalemate wouldn’t last long, as the USA ran straight back down the pitch. Several players touched the ball during the drive, but it was the stepping of Martin Iosefo that sucked in enough defenders to put Maka Unufe easily away.
With the result well in hand, Isles added another try right on full time.