U.S. finishes Women's Sevens Series in sixth following Clermont-Ferrand

CLERMONT-FERRAND, France - The Women's Eagles Sevens concluded the 2015-16 HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series with a sixth-place, Plate Finalist finish at HSBC Clermont-Ferrand Sevens Sunday after a 22-19 defeat to tournament host France.

Camille Grassineau's first-half hat trick, compounded with a devastating injury to Kristen Thomas early in the second half, led to the result, which sees the U.S. earn 10 points towards the Series standings. After the five-round, pre-Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games season, the Eagles sit in sixth place.

Victoria Folayan darted through the defense in the second minute after Alev Kelter forced a turnover for the Eagles. For the remaining minutes in the opening frame, however, it was the Grassineau show. France's No. 8 scored three tries in a span of four minutes as the U.S. was kept without the ball and caught on the back foot with quick-tap penalties.

With a 15-7 deficit in the second half, the Eagles succumbed to early pressure with play continuing from a U.S. knock to France's final try from Jade Le Pesq for a 22-7 score line. Thomas used a fend between two defenders in the 10th minute to break free from the Eagles' half. She was caught and tackled, however, and sustained an injury that ended her game early.

The Eagles were spurred on by the loss of an attacking threat, with Bui Baravilala grabbing a loose ball in front of the posts and diving for a 22-14 score. Jessica Javelet had several kick-and-chase efforts denied before a strict run and juke along the touch line saw her over the try line at full time for a 22-19 final.

Richie Walker will now spend the next two months preparing the residents at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., for Rio 2016, the first Olympics to include Rugby Sevens on the Games Program.

Women's Eagles Sevens | v. France
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

France | v. USA
1. Jessy Tremouliere
2. Chloe Pelle
3. Marjorie Mayans
4. Christelle Le Duff
5. Jade Le Pesq
6. Fanny Horta
7. Caroline Ladagnous
8. Camille Grassineau
9. Rose Thomas
10. Elodie Guiglion
11. Shannon Izar
12. Line Guerin

Women's Eagles Sevens | 19
Tries: Folayan, Baravilala, Javelet
Conversions: Baravilala (2)

France | 22
Tries: Grassinuea (3), Le Pesq
Conversions: Le Pesq

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 - W 14-12
Plate Final v. France - L 22-19