USA Women take Plate in London
USA v. Australia - Cup Quarterfinals
The USA got a second crack at Australia after losing to the reigning world champions on day one of the London Sevens. However, the Aussies shot out of the gate and the USA couldn't find an answer for them. The USA defense played tough and were able to keep the game within its grasps at half time, just two scores away at 0-12.
The second half was an absolute battle and Australia was halted by the American defense. The Eagles weren't able to get a scoring moving together though and seven minutes saw Australia score another try to go up 17-0.
France is now the next obstacle in the Eagles way in the plate semifinal.
USA v. France - Plate Semifinal
France snuck by the USA 12-7 on day one and earned a favorable seeding in the cup quarters, but both lost in that competition and would get set to meet again the Plate Semis.
It would be the rookie, Bui Baravilala, that would emerge as the heroin in the Plate Semifinal.
Vanesha McGee got things started for the Eagles, breaking the French line and dotting it down to get her side on the board first. Kelly Griffin struck next and Baravilala converted to put the Eagles up 12-0. The French only got one score before half time and the USA had their tails up and the lead going into intermission.
France tied the game up early in the second half, and what a second half it would be. France continued to score the go ahead try and time was ticking down. The Eagles managed to stay composed and Bui Baravilala ended up crossing for the Eagles to tie the game. The Hawaiian converted her own try to end the game 19-17 and punched her team's ticket to the plate final.
USA v. Russia - Plate Final
Bui Baravilala and Vanesha McGee each had a brace of tries against Russia to seal the deal and come away with the Plate in London.
It was the USA who took the game to Russia and nearly blanked the Russians, but a last gasp effort by Russia put Guzeva over for the score.
The Eagles will take that momentum into next week when they take part in the Amsterdam Sevens.
Tries: Baravilala (2), McGee (2)
Tries: McGee, Griffin, Baravilala
Cons: Baravilala (2)
Tries: Di Muzio, Canal, Ladagnous