Second defeat to England sends Eagles to Clermont-Ferrand Plate Semifinals

CLERMONT-FERRAND, France - The Women's Eagles Sevens were bounced from the HSBC Clermont-Ferrand Sevens Cup competition in the Cup Quarterfinals by a second defeat to England, 21-12, Sunday.

Jessica Javelet and Kathryn Johnson scored tries in the loss, the team's fourth of the weekend. Richie Walker's team will now play for the Plate in the final round of the 2015-16 HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series against Fiji at 9:47 a.m. ET. The live broadcast is available to viewers in the United States on The Rugby Channel.

Amy Wilson-Hardy's opening-minute run from the 22 to midfield set up teammate Natasha Brennan for the first try of the match before the Eagles could even touch the ball - save for Alev Kelter's kick-off restart.

The U.S. was able to hold the ball with sustained pressure in the ensuing minutes, keeping possession through a few penalties called against England. The attack ended in the third minute, however, as Kelter was taken into touch, and a successive turnover by the Eagles in the fifth minute led to a 70-meter breakaway try from Emily Scarratt.

England's lead remained at 14-0 at the break, and Wilson-Wilson Hardy set up her team's final try of the match in the ninth minute following a Victoria Folayan knock. Wilson-Hardy's one-handed offload in contact found Scarratt, who used one fend on Kelter to reach the try zone from 25 meters.

The Eagles cut into the 21-0 lead in the 12th minute with Kristen Thomas setting up Javelet on a try-scoring effort, but they could not get the second from Johnson until the final minute of play, too late at 21-12.

Fiji lost its Cup Quarterfinal matchup with Canada, and will play the U.S. for the right to reach the Plate Final. The Semifinal will kick off from Stade Gabriel-Montpied at 9:47 a.m. ET, with the live broadcast available on The Rugby Channel.

Women's Eagles Sevens | v. England
1. Jillion Potter
2. Kathryn Johnson
3. Carmen Farmer
4. Kelly Griffin
5. Kristen Thomas
6. Lilly Durbin
7. Richelle Stephens
8. Bui Baravilala
9. Ryan Carlyle
10. Alev Kelter
11. Jessica Javelet
12. Victoria Folayan

England | v. USA
1. Claire Allan
2. Abbie Brown
3. Alice Richardson
4. Emily Scarratt
5. Danielle Waterman
6. Katy McLean
7. Heather Fisher
8. Emily Scott
9. Natasha Hunt
10. Natasha Brennan
11. Kay Wilson
12. Amy Wilson-Hardy

Women's Eagles Sevens | 12
Tries: Javelet, Johnson
Conversions: Kelter

England | 21
Tries: Brennan, Scarratt (2)
Conversions: McLean (3)

Women's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Clermont-Ferrand Sevens
v. England - L 26-7
v. Spain - L 12-10
v. Kenya - W 31-0
Cup QF v. England - L 21-12
Plate SF v. Fiji - Sunday, May 29 @ 9:47 a.m. ET