Eagles shut out Spain to reach Brazil Cup Quarterfinals

SÃO PAULO, Brazil - The Women's Eagles Sevens secured the second seed in Brazil Women's Sevens' Pool B with a 33-0 defeat of Spain Saturday, getting tries from five different players in the shutout.

Ashley Perry and Naya Tapper followed teammate Rachel Griendling in scoring their first HSBC World Rugby Women's Seven Series tries at Arena Barueri, the latter capping off the victory after a weather stoppage. The Eagles will play England in Sunday's Cup Quarterfinal at 10:28 a.m. ET.

After giving up just two tries in their earlier defeat of Russia, the Eagles continued to hound their opponent on defense from the opening minutes of Saturday's final pool match. Spain was able to get possession from a U.S. turnover on the kickoff and benefitted from multiple penalties in the attacking half, but the Eagles were able to get a turnover of their own via Griendling in the third minute. She then supported Megan Bonny around midfield to finish off the attack with her second try in as many matches.

The Eagles played strong defense again for the next few minutes, knocking on on separate occasions in the breakdown. Kristen Thomas had been kept out of the try zone for more than 30 minutes going into the final minutes of the first half, but used strong defensive play to make a difference for the team. Her tackle led to Jillion Potter's successful counterruck, and, following another change in possession with no time remaining on the clock, Alev Kelter dotted down under the sticks for a 14-0 lead at the break.

Thomas finally found the try zone in the ninth minute of play with a run down the wing following a knock. Perry used one of her first touches to great effect in the 12th minute, scoring the Eagles' fourth try by beating two defenders in contact to find the in-goal area.

Spain lost the ensuing restart forward, when the match official blew his whistle due to lightning in the area around Arena Barueri. The delay did not last 30 minutes, and the teams were barely on the pitch for another 30 seconds when Tapper beat two defenders of her own for her debut try. The fifth score brought the final score to 33-0.

The Eagles missed out on the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Cup round more than two months ago, and will advance in the Series standings following the weekend. Sunday's match against England, the second seed out of Pool C, will kick off at 10:28 a.m. ET, with the live broadcast streamed on World Rugby's website.

Women's Eagles Sevens | v. Spain

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

Spain | v. USA

1. Berta Garcia

2. Paula Medin

3. Angela Del Pan

4. Patricia Garcia

5. Amaia Erbina

6. Elisabet Martinez

7. Iera Echebarria

8. Irene Schiavon

9. Maria Casado

10. Vanessa Rial

11. Lourdes Alameda

12. Teresa Bueso

Women's Eagles Sevens | 33

Tries: Griendling, Kelter, Thomas, Perry, Tapper

Conversions: Kelter (3), Griffin

Spain | 0

Tries: N/A

Conversions: N/A

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 - Sunday, Feb. 21 @ 10:28 a.m. ET