Kitakyushu kicks off with USA win

KITAKYUSHU, Japan - Captain Alev Kelter scored 14 of the Women's Eagles Sevens' points in a 19-10 defeat of Spain at HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens Saturday.

Ranked fifth as the start of the four round of the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, the U.S. notched its 13th win in 18 matches dating back to a HSBC Sydney7s campaign. Head Coach Richie Walker's side will look to keep the top spot in Pool C against England at 12:14 a.m. ET, with the live broadcast on The Rugby Channel.

Seattle Saracens' Megan Sanders made her Series debut with a starting seven selection, while fellow debutant Jordan Gray entering the win in the second half. Kelly Griffin and Kristen Thomas also crossed the try line for the Eagles, who extended their record again Spain to 11-3.


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Thoughts from Assistant Coach Andrew Locke:

We moved the ball to space well in the first half with Kris Thomas finding the try zone first about two minutes in with a nice stiff arm and finish in the right corner.

Solid defense led to a turnover in a lineout before a long run by Thomas and Kelly Griffin. Alev had a beautiful sidestep from the ruck to dot it down in the middle.

Before the half the team worked several more phases down to the try line before Grif punched it in.

Second half found Spain with more opportunities and some well-worked tries.

Women's Eagles Sevens | v. Spain
1. Joanne Fa'avesi
2. Kristen Thomas
3. Kelly Griffin
4. Nicole Heavirland
5. Lilly Durbin
6. Alev Kelter(C)
7. Naya Tapper
8. Jordan Gray
9. Kelsi Stockert
10. Megan Sanders
11. Bulou Mataitoga
12. Nicole Snyder

Spain | v. USA
1. Maria Losada
2. Olivia Fresneda
3. Amaia Erbina
4. Patricia Garcia
5. Uribarri Barrutieta
6. Nerea Agruirre
7. Barbara Pla
8. Sabina Hurtado
9. Maria Casado
10. Raquel Garcia
11. Eira Echebarria
12. Maria Ribera

Women's Eagles Sevens | 19
Tries: Kelter, Thomas, Griffin
Conversions: Kelter (2)

Spain | 10
Tries: Garcia, Casado
Conversions: N/A

Women's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens
v. Spain - W 19-10
v. England - Saturday, April 22 @ 12:14 a.m. ET
v. Canada - Saturday, April 22 @ 3:20 a.m. ET