USA Women win Plate in Vegas
Canada edged an athletic Netherlands side 17-12 to take the honours in the USA Women's International Sevens Invitational, played alongside the men's event in Las Vegas. The USA women won the shield and have a lot to build on before they leave for the Hong Kong tournament next month.
The tournament featured five nations who competed at the last Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2009 - eventual winners Canada as well as hosts USA, Spain, France and runners-up, the Netherlands.
"I'm extremely proud of them, we came together four days ago and pulled this off, which is really nice. Never had any doubt," said Canada captain, Mandy Marchak.
For the women from the Netherlands, it was another step towards their target of reaching the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
"I'm so proud, I think the effort they've put in has been phenomenal and it was a good final against Canada," said Netherlands coach, Gareth Gilbert.
"We've started a Sevens project where we're aiming for the the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Fortunately we've got a lot of support from companies who are supporting us financially, and also from the Olympic Committee and our union.
"Women's rugby is basically now priority number one. We have 17 girls - 12 elite and five development - working three or four times a week at the moment and in September hopefully going full time."
In the semi finals on day one Netherlands beat France 17-7 and Canada overcame Spain 10-0.
Home team the USA won two of their matches on day one but lost 21-15 to the Netherlands and finished behind both Canada and the Dutch side on points difference, failing to reach the Cup semis finals.
"It was heartbreaking in the end," said coach Ric Suggitt. "We came back in the second half but one turnover lost us the lead that we fought so hard to get back in our hands. We still had a chance at the end, when we got a good kick-off reception, but we turned it over again, and the kick to touch ended it.
"There is some disappointment, but it gives us the chance to rebound."
France 7-17 Netherlands
Canada 10-0 Spain
USA 55-0 Tyrolian Select
Canada 12-10 Netherlands
Spain 26-7 Hawaii All Stars
France 21-7 Canada B
Netherlands 21-15 USA
Canada 66-0 Tyrolean Select
Spain 20-5 Canada B
France 36-0 Hawaii All Stars
USA 7-5 Canada
Netherlands 89-0 Tyrolian Select
Spain 14-12 France
Canada B 26-0 Hawaii Select