Women's Sevens
7 7
New Zealand
19 12
Women's Sevens  @ Westhills Stadium
Canada Sevens


LANGFORD, British Columbia - The Women's Eagles Sevens concluded pool play at HSBC Canada Sevens with a 19-7 loss to New Zealand Saturday, but will compete for the Cup at the penultimate round of the 2015-16 HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series as Pool B's second seed.

Kristen Thomas gave the Eagles the lead in the match, the first between the two teams since a U.S. win in pool play last weekend at HSBC Atlanta 7s. Head Coach Richie Walker's team will play England Sunday at 11:06 p.m. PT in the Cup Quarterfinals.

Like the previous matchup, Walker's charges did their best to keep New Zealand from easy restart wins, with Series debutant Carmen Farmer the head coach's favorite instrument for the situation. The Women's Rugby World Cup veteran won possession for her team from Kiwi captain Sarah Goss before the Eagles lost possession forward.

Alev Kelter hounded her opposite scrum half in the set piece, and stripped the ball to pop a pass out to Thomas for the match's opening try. Baravilala converted in front of the posts for a 7-0 lead.

Another restart win was negated by successive knock-ons by the Eagles, and New Zealand said, "Thank you," for the field position in the sixth minute as Portia Woodman darted from the touch line across the pitch to bring the score to a level 7-7.

Ryan Carlyle was sent to the bin for a yellow-card infraction in the final minute of the half, and New Zealand again made the advantage count with a try from Ruby Tui, who was able to keep her feet through several U.S. tackles for a 12-7 halftime score.

Walker pointed out what needed to be fixed in the team talk at the break, but told his team to keep pressuring New Zealand, recalling the team's performance at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University a week earlier. The Eagles won Kelter's restart before conceding a penalty, and Kelter won it back only to be taken into touch 10 meters from her try line.

While the Eagles petitioned for the lineout to be theirs, New Zealand got on with the game via a quick throw, and Tui doubled her scoring tally with a try in the corner to extend her team's lead to 19-7.

Fresh legs from the reserves bench aided the attack and defense for Walker's team, but New Zealand was able to keep runs from Victoria Folayan and Christy Ringgenberg in check to see out the victory.

The Eagles have a chance to put a two-loss day one behind them Sunday with a Cup Quarterfinal matchup with England at 11:06 a.m. PT The match will be broadcast live on The Rugby Channel.

Women's Eagles Sevens | v. New Zealand

1. Carmen Farmer

2. Megan Bonny

3. Emily Azevedo

4. Alev Kelter

5. Ryan Carlyle

6. Nicole Heavirland

7. Christy Ringgenberg

8. Bui Baravilala (C)

9. Richelle Stephens

10. Joanne Fa'avesi

11. Victoria Folayan

12. Jessica Javelet

New Zealand | v. USA

1. Ruby Tui

2. Michaela Blyde

3. Stacey Waaka

4. Niall Williams

5. Sarah Goss (C)

6. Terina Te Tamaki

7. Theresa Fitzpatrick

8. Janna Vaughan

9. Katarina Whata-Simpkins

10. Selica Winiata

11. Portia Woodman

12. Shiray Tane

Women's Eagles Sevens | 7

Tries: Thomas

Conversions: Baravilala

New Zealand | 19

Tries: Woodman, Tui (2)

Conversions: Winiata

Women's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Canada Women's Sevens

v. Spain - L 10-7

v. Fiji - W 24-12

v. New Zealand - L 19-7

Cup QF v. England - Sunday, April 17 @ 11:06 a.m. PT