MATCH REPORT

LANGFORD, British Columbia - The Women's Eagles Sevens finished HSBC Canada Women's Sevens in seventh place following a 15-10, extra-time defeat of Russia Sunday at Westhills Stadium.

Richie Walker's team, which included seven potential Olympians that won the Plate last weekend at HSBC Atlanta 7s, gains eight points towards the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series standings with one tournament remaining on the circuit schedule. The season will end May 28-29.

The Eagles suffered their second disappointing loss of the weekend to Spain, which had never beaten the U.S. on the Series until Saturday, in the Plate Semifinal. Jessica Javelet helped put the Eagles on the right foot in the third minute with the match-opening try. The Eagles had turned over possession in the attacking half but got it back for a lung-busting run from Carmer Farmer, and the ball was cycled to the wing for Javelet to score.

The back-to-back weekends of international sevens tournaments had already appeared to slow play down in earlier matches Sunday, but both teams in the Seventh-Place Match did not have any intention of succumbing to fatigue in their final match.

Despite well-worked tries, the match was marred by handling and set piece errors, with the teams trading possessions in the remaining minutes of the first half. Bui Baravilala and Alev Kelter combined to stop a Marina Kukina break in the seventh minute and Russia lost the ball to a knock, but got it right back with a solid tackle that knocked the ball loose from Farmer. Baizat Khamidova fended one defender on her way to the try line to level the match at halftime, 5-5.

The Eagles were hemmed into their own half to begin the second frame and lost possession in the breakdown in front of the posts. Kukina picked up the ball away from the ruck and had a straight shot to the try zone for the 10-5 lead.

Walker's team held strong under the pressure of several Russian attacks, and finally tied the match in the 14th minute when Kristen Thomas got enough space at her own 10 to trot to the in-goal area. Baravilala's unsuccessful conversion sent the match into extra time at 10-10.

Russia kicked the extra-time restart into touch, giving the Eagles a tap at midfield, and a penalty drawn by Nicole Heavirland set up the U.S. in attacking territory. Kelter lost the ball forward before Russia conceded two penalties in quick succession. Fa'avesi had the ball 30 meters from the posts as the attack moved laterally, but took on the defender, shoved her to the ground, and ran away for the match-winning score.

The circuit has reached its final leg, to be played next month in Clermont-Ferrand, France, less than three months from the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games.

Women's Eagles Sevens | v. Russia
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

Russia | v. USA
1. Anna Minislamova
2. Daria Lushina
3. Daria Bobkova
4. Arina Bystrova
5. Baizat Khamidova
6. Daria Fefelova
7. Ekaterina Bankerova
8. Marina Kukina
9. Nadezda Kudinova (C)
10. Elena Zdrokova
11. Kristina Seredina
12. Mariia Perestiak

Women's Eagles Sevens | 15
Tries: Javelet, Thomas, Fa'avesi
Conversions: N/A

Russia | 10
Tries: Khamidova, Kukina
Conversions: N/A

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 - W 15-10