Eagles into Brazil Cup SF with victory over England

SÃO PAULO, Brazil - The Women's Eagles Sevens scored four tries and kept England to two in a 22-12 Brazil Women's Sevens Cup Quarterfinal victory Sunday to advance to the Cup Semifinal.

Jessica Javelet and Kristen Thomas showcased the speed available in the U.S. team and Jules McCoy's charges proved to be a handful on defense once again in keeping England to minimal scoring opportunities. Australia awaits in the Cup Semifinal, set for a 1:12 p.m. ET kickoff from Arena Barueri.

Having been kept in check by the day one opponents in Brazil, Thomas created her own scoring chance seconds into the match, fending one tackler before cutting inside from the wing to run 70 meters for the opening try. She helped set up the attack at England's 22 a minute later, where Alev Kelter dragged a defender across the pitch with Bui Baravilala supporting to crash over the line for a 12-0 lead after four minutes.

England had not had a real foray into the Eagles' half until the final minute of the first stanza, and Sarah McKenna should have scored when she found a hole in the defense. Running towards the uprights with Kelter chasing, the England attacker looked for the unselfish route but could not find a teammate with the pass. Thomas picked up the loose ball and ran to the try zone untouched for a 17-0 half-time lead.

Heather Fisher put her side on the scoreboard with a determined run in the ninth minute, taking a switch pass past Baravilala before keeping the ball in hand through Kelter's tackle on the try line. Joanne Watmore followed suit in the 12th minute with a try in the corner from a U.S. turnover in the defensive half, bringing the score to an uncomfortable 17-12 lead for the Eagles.

The Eagles worked to regain possession on defense and drew a penalty in the 13th minute. Ryan Carlyle took over scrum half duties and was forced to deal with a loose ball 10 meters from her try line. She kicked the ball out of the way of the charging English, and Javelet corralled it to run the length of the pitch for the match-sealing try.

Australia shut out Fiji, 10-0, in its Cup Quarterfinal at Arena Barueri, and is coming off of a Cup win at Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens. The Cup Semifinal matchup will be streamed live on World Rugby's website from 1:12 p.m. ET.

Women's Eagles Sevens | v. England

1. Megan Bonny

2. Kelly Griffin (C)

3. Jillion Potter

4. Alev Kelter

5. Bui Baravilala

6. Kristen Thomas

7. Jessica Javelet

8. Ashley Perry

9. Ryan Carlyle

10. Joanne Fa'avesi

11. Rachel Griendling

12. Naya Tapper

England | v. USA

1. Claire Allan

2. Natasha Brennan

3. Alice Richardson

4. Abigail Brown

5. Sarah McKenna

6. Katy Mclean

7. Heather Fisher

8. Marlie Packer

9. Natasha Hunt

10. Joanne Watmore

11. Vicky Fleetwood

12. Amy Wilson-Hardy

Women's Eagles Sevens | 22

Tries: Thomas (2), Baravilala, Javelet

Conversions: Baravilala

England | 12

Tries: Fisher, Watmore

Conversions: McKenna

Women's Eagles Sevens | Brazil Women's Sevens

v. New Zealand - L 35-5

v. Russia - W 19-10

v. Spain - W 33-0

Cup QF v. England - W 22-12

Cup SF v. Australia - Sunday, Feb. 21 @ 1:12 p.m. ET