USA Eagles
12
Spain
14
Women's Sevens
Westhills Stadium
Women's Sevens@Westhills Stadium
April 17, 20164:52 pm 
Canada Sevens

MATCH REPORT

LANGFORD, British Columbia - The Women's Eagles Sevens suffered a second HSBC Canada Women's Sevens defeat to Spain Sunday, 14-12, in the Plate Semifinal.

A difficult touch line conversion from Bui Baravilala on the final play of the game went wide, otherwise the match at Westhills Stadium would have gone to extra time. The Eagles will now play Russia in the Seventh-Place Match for eight points in the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series standings. The 4:50 p.m. PT kickoff can be viewed on The Rugby Channel.

Spain used a last-second try in pool play Saturday to give the Eagles their first loss of the tournament, and took less than a minute to find the scoresheet Sunday. Ryan Carlyle lost the opening restart forward, and a few passes found Vanessa Rial in space on the wing. She closed the distance to the try line before offloading to Angela Del Pan for the 7-0 lead.

Nicole Heavirland won a penalty in the third minute with a tenacious tackle at her own 10, and a passage of play through hands to Kristen Thomas on the wing leveled the match at 7-7.

Spain's sixth-minute attack in the Eagles' half from a midfield tap was held well by the U.S. defense, and eventually turned over by Heavirland. Joanne Fa'avesi took the attack through the gain line rather than wide with a shove and Thomas drew a penalty at the 22. A second penalty in front of the try line gave the Eagles a tap, but the score remained level at the half following a knock from Thomas.

Heavirland countered a Spain chip kick in its defensive side of the field with a long run to the posts, but could not finish with the try. Patricia Garcia won the ball in the breakdown and Rial drew a high tackle from Jessica Javelet ahead of the U.S. 22. Teresa Bueso quickly took the tap before either team could catch up to the play to give Spain a 14-7 lead.

The Eagles could not get out of their own half with ball in hand in the 13th minute and lost the ball to a penalty, but earned possession through a careless Spain kick into the dead ball area. Alev Kelter broke through the gain line following the scrum and Javelet darted towards the outside to reach midfield.

Iera Echebarria was sent to the bin for a high tackle, and Carmen Farmer utilized some of the extra space to run down the opposite touch line. The attack stalled for a phase but Fa'avesi eventually went over for the 14-12 score. Baravilala's conversion from the angle was not successful for the final.

The Eagles beat Russia in the HSBC Atlanta 7s Plate Final last weekend, and will look to earn maximum points from the penultimate round of the Series at 4:50 p.m. PT.

Women's Eagles Sevens | v. Spain
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

Spain | v. USA
1. Berta Garcia
2. Paula Medin
3. Angela Del Pan
4. Patricia Garcia
5. Marina Bravo
6. Elisabet Martinez (C)
7. Iera Echebarria
8. Irene Schiavon
9. Maria Casado
10. Vanessa Rial
11. Amaia Erbina
12. Teresa Bueso

Women's Eagles Sevens | 12
Tries: Thomas, Fa'avesi
Conversions: Stephens

Spain | 14
Tries: Del Pan, Bueso
Conversions: Garcia (2)

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 - L 29-7
Plate Semifinal v. Spain - L 14-12
Seventh-Plate v. Russia - Sunday, April 17 @ 4:50 p.m. PT