USA Eagles
57 24
Netherlands
0  
Women's Sevens
Westhills Stadium
Women's Sevens  @ Westhills Stadium
May 27, 20173:58 pm PDT
Canada Sevens
Referee:  Rose LaBreche
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Netherlands crushed by Eagles in Canada

LANGFORD, British Columbia - The USA Women's Eagles Sevens claimed the second seed out of HSBC Canada Sevens' Pool A with style Saturday, scoring nine tries in a 57-0 victory against the Netherlands.

Jessica Javelet and Naya Tapper each recorded two dot-downs as seven players in Richie Walker's squad found the try zone in the final match of pool play. The shutout improved the U.S.'s point differential to plus-52, bettering England's for a matchup with Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games gold medalist Australia in Sunday's Quarterfinal. The knockout match will kick off at 1:52 p.m. ET, with the live broadcast available on The Rugby Channel.

The Netherlands impressed earlier in the day by scoring first against New Zealand - which stood as one of only two tries conceded by the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series-leading outfit in pool play - but found life difficult against a hungry U.S. side. An initial penalty against the Dutch from the opening restart allowed the Eagles to set up shop in the attacking end, and Joanne Fa'avesi followed a strong run from captain Alev Kelter with a dummy and stutter step into the try zone for a 7-0 lead.

Kelsi Stockert, in her third career tournament, pounced on a loose ball in the third minute to bring the Eagles within scoring range immediately. The ball was recycled wide to Javelet for her first try and a 12-0 advantage. The Netherlands knocked on possession in the fourth minute for Nicole Heavirland to find Javelet from the ensuing scrum, and Fa'avesi fended two defenders and got her offload off with a tackler around her legs for Cheta Emba to dive over the line, 19-0.

Heavirland peeled away from a seventh-minute scrum and could not be stopped, breaking out of one tackle and dotting down through another to cap the first-half score at 24-0.

With control of the second-half restart, the Dutch decided to kick long. It went straight to Emba, however, and Javelet sliced through the defense from the wing for the lengthy try and 31-0 lead. Bodil van Wijnbergen created the best, and only, opportunity for her side in the ninth minute with two well-timed fends to break into the attacking half of the field, but turned over the ball in contact before support could arrive. Fa'avesi punished poor tackling at midfield with an offload to Kate Zackary for a 38-0 score line before Tapper scored twice with two touches in the next two minutes, 50-0.

A free tap at midfield was not enough for the Netherlands to put together a scoring play before the final whistle, as a loose pass was gathered by Emba for a pass to Kristen Thomas. The Eagle on the wing through the empty backfield, scoring her fourth try of the tournament to bring the final score to 57-0.

The Eagles will play Australia, the top seed out of Pool C, in the Cup Quarterfinals. The knockout match can be watched live on The Rugby Channel from 1:52 p.m. ET Sunday.

Women's Eagles Sevens | v. Netherlands
1. Cheta Emba
2. Kristen Thomas
3. Kate Zackary
4. Nicole Heavirland
5. Sylvia Braaten
6. Alev Kelter (C)
7. Naya Tapper
8. Kelly Griffin
9. Kelsi Stockert
10. Joanne Fa'avesi
11. Mata Hingano
12. Jessica Javelet

Netherlands | v. USA
1. Bodil van Wijnbergen
2. Linde van der Velden
3. Nikki Weijers
4. Jordan Heil
5. Amy Stolk
6. Erin Arends
7. Willemijn Ter Avest
8. Anne Hielckert
9. Annemarije van Rossum
10. Pleuni Kievit
11. Marit Bakker
12. Jannicke IJdens

Women's Eagles Sevens | 57Tries: Fa'avesi, Javelet (2), Emba, Heavirland, Zackary, Tapper (2), Thomas
Conversions: Heavirland (5), Kelter

Netherlands | 0v. England - W 21-19
v. New Zealand - L 7-0
v. Netherlands - W 57-0
Cup QF v. Australia - Sunday, May 28 @ 1:52 p.m. ET