USA Eagles
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Women's Sevens  @ Westhills Stadium
May 28, 201710:52 am PDT
Canada Sevens

U.S. bounced from Canada Sevens Cup round

 Michael Lee / KLC fotos

LANGFORD, British Columbia - The USA Women's Eagles Sevens failed to progress to the HSBC Canada Sevens Cup Semifinals Sunday at Westhills Stadium, losing to Australia, 22-10, at the Quarterfinal stage.

Naya Tapper and Kristen Thomas crossed the try line when the team was able to sustain an attack, though Head Coach Richie Walker's side was kept mostly without the ball through the 14-minute knockout match. The Eagles will now play for fifth at the fifth round of the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series, beginning with a Fifth-Place Semifinal against England at 4:36 p.m. ET. The remaining matches of Canada Sevens can be viewed live on The Rugby Channel.

The U.S. controlled the early stages of the match, its first since a heavy shutout of the Netherlands to end Saturday's pool play. Captain Alev Kelter won the restart and Australia knocked the ball forward in a contestable ruck following a tackle on Cheta Emba at midfield. The Eagles quickly used the scrum win to put the ball in Tapper's hands, though the wing had to collect a loose ball before turning on the jets to scorch the defense for five points and a 5-0 lead.

Quick off of the line on defense in all three of its Pool A matches on Day One, Walker's squad was out on its feet in defending Australia's mobile attacking style. Changing directions frequently with ball in hand, Australia worked its way into the U.S.'s half before Emilee Cherry found enough of a gap to score, 7-5.

Australia turned over the ball in the final minute of the half but won it back via a penalty as Tapper looked to break free of the defense. The ball was sent wide for an overlap and Chloe Dalton stretched out her arm to dot down in the face of pressure from Thomas to send the teams into the break with a 12-5 score line.

Benefitting from multiple calls against the Eagles, Australia enjoyed three minutes of consecutive possession - even getting the ball back from a misplaced kick via a 22-meter drop - before Dalton broke the gain line and found Cherry in support for the 17-5 score. The Eagles could not get out of their own end from the 12th-minute restart before Kelsi Stockert was penalized in the breakdown, and Demi Hayes dotted down her side's final try from an overlap.

Thomas finished off a clinical attack on the last play of the game as debutant Mata Hingano turned the defense around with a run from the restart. She offloaded in contact and Nicole Heavirland provided the final pass before Thomas forcefully fended a defender to bring the final score to 22-10.

The Eagles used a hat trick of tries from Thomas to defeat England, 21-19, in pool play Saturday. The two are scheduled to meet again after England's 28-point defeat to Canada in its Quarterfinal. The Fifth-Place Semifinal will kick off from Westhills Stadium at 4:36 p.m. ET, with the live broadcast available on The Rugby Channel.

Women's Eagles Sevens | v. Australia

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

Australia | v. USA

1. Shannon Parry

2. Sharni Williams

3. Tiana Penitani

4. Demi Hayes

5. Georgina Friedrichs

6. Dominique Du Toit

7. Charlotte Caslick

8. Chloe Dalton

9. Brooke Walker

10. Alicia Quirk

11. Emilee Cherry

12. Cassandra Staples

Women's Eagles Sevens | 10

Tries: Tapper, Thomas

Conversions: N/A

Australia | 22

Tries: Cherry (2), Dalton, Hayes

Conversions: Dalton

Women's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Canada Sevens

v. England - W 21-19

v. New Zealand - L 7-0

v. Netherlands - W 57-0

Cup QF v. Australia - L 22-10

Fifth-Place SF v. England - Sunday, May 28 @ 4:36 p.m. ET