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Women's Sevens  @ Westhills Stadium
May 28, 20171:36 pm PDT
Canada Sevens

Eagles dispatch England again, reach Canada Sevens Fifth-Place Final

 Michael Lee / KLC fotos

LANGFORD, British Columbia - Richie Walker's Women's Eagles Sevens beat England for the second time at HSBC Canada Sevens, this time in a 26-14 Fifth-Place Semifinal victory at Westhills Stadium.

The U.S. had earlier qualified as the second seed out of Pool A at the expense of England and the Netherlands before succumbing to Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games gold medalist Australia in Sunday's Cup Quarterfinals. The Eagles can gain 12 HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series standings points from the fifth round of the season with a Fifth-Place Final defeat of Russia in their final match of the tournament. The 7:42 p.m. ET kickoff can be watched live on The Rugby Channel.

Neither team was secure in possession in the opening minutes of play, but England capitalized on U.S. transgressions in the third minute to open the scoring. A nifty offload from Chantelle Miell to Deborah Fleming caught Kate Zackary on the wrong foot as the last defender, and Fleming stepped around Kelsi Stockert and beat the chaser to the try line, 7-0.

Jessica Javelet's lateral run from a restart kicked deep in the fourth minute stretched the defense behind the U.S. 22. Zackary followed it up with a strong trot towards midfield, where the Eagles drew a penalty. The attack was forced back across midfield to a loose pass, though Nicole Heavirland calmly collected the ball before offloading to Cheta Emba. Emba dropped her shoulders to engage the defender and strode through two others for the 50-meter, 7-7, try.

Zackary was inches from giving the Eagles a lead in the final minute of the half following a well-won restart by Javelet, but the ball was knocked loose from her hands in contact. A turnover from the scrum saw Heavirland and Mata Hingano each run at the try line only to be stopped short before Zackary fed Javelet in the corner. The try was the final play of the half for a 14-7 U.S. advantage.

The Eagles were unable to capitalize on a midfield lineout early in the second half, being taken into touch shortly after. Walker brought on several impact substitutes to finish the game, including Kristen Thomas, who stole the ensuing lineout with her first touch to find Emba for the 19-7 score. Emba set up a lineout 10 meters from the try line in the 12th minute by chasing her own kick, but captain Alev Kelter's skip pass to Joanne Fa'avesi bounced to England hands for a counter the other way. Fleming recorded her second try from a U.S. penalty at midfield to bring England's deficit to an unconverted try at 19-14.

Naya Tapper was penalized on the scoring play due to a high tackle as Fleming crossed the try line, giving England a tap at midfield rather than having to restart play with a 10-meter kick. Thomas read the set play well, intercepting just the second attempted pass to ease the tensions with the 26-14 score.

The U.S. entered the fifth round of the Series in sixth place in the standings just four points behind Russia in fifth. Russia defeated Ireland in its own Fifth-Place Semifinal to reach the positional Final, which will yield 12 points to the winner and 10 points to the loser. The match can be viewed live on The Rugby Channel from 7:42 p.m. ET.

Women's Eagles Sevens | v. England

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

England | v. USA

1. Natasha Brennan

2. Katie Mason

3. Alice Richardson

4. Millie Wood

5. Lauren Cattell

6. Deborah Fleming

7. Heather Fisher

8. Kelly Smith

9. Charlotte Clapp

10. Joanne Watmore

11. Holly Aitchison

12. Chantelle Miell

Women's Eagles Sevens | 26

Tries: Emba (2), Javelet, Thomas

Conversions: Heavirland (2), Kelter

England | 14

Tries: Fleming (2)

Conversions: Richardson, Cattell

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 - W 26-14

Fifth-Place Final v. Russia - Sunday, May 28 @ 7:42 p.m. ET