Cup Quarterfinals await Eagles with second victory in France

CLERMONT-FERRAND, France - Alev Kelter dotted down twice for the USA Women's Eagles Sevens in a 33-5 defeat of Japan at HSBC Clermont-Ferrand Sevens Saturday.

The U.S. built a two-try lead heading into halftime before scoring three more in the second half to answer Japan's only five-pointer. The win puts Head Coach Richie Walker's side at the top of Pool A on point differential, with the pool tiebreaker against New Zealand upcoming at 11:50 a.m. ET. The final round of the 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series can be watched live on The Rugby Channel.

Japan's tries in a losing effort against New Zealand earlier in the day came from quick passing to the wings, but an early opportunity to score points was quashed from a forward pass. The Eagles capitalized on the possession in the attacking half with Jessica Javelet creating havoc at the gain line to set Cheta Emba away with a switch offload, 7-0.

The try-scorer turned provider in the fifth minute, sending an offload in contact over her head to Joanne Fa'avesi in space. Fa'avesi dotted down to give the U.S. a 14-0 advantage heading into the break.

Though Japan was able to get on the scoreboard with Emii Yokoo's eighth-minute try out wide, it was a matter of how big the Eagles' lead would grow from that point. Series debutant Sara Parsons put her skills on display a minute later to free Ashley Perry for a try on the wing before Alev Kelter dotted down twice in quick succession from turnovers created by Emba and Natalie Kosko, respectively, for the 33-5 final score.

New Zealand's defeat of Ireland in the second Pool A matchup officially qualifies the Eagles and Kiwis for Sunday's Cup Quarterfinals at Stade Gabriel Montpied. The two will battle each other for Pool A supremacy Saturday at 11:50 a.m. ET in the final match of pool play. The remaining matches of HSBC Clermont-Ferrand Sevens can be watched live on The Rugby Channel.

Women's Eagles Sevens | Japan
1. Cheta Emba
2. Joanne Fa'avesi
3. Sara Parsons
4. Nicole Heavirland (C)
5. Ryan Carlyle
6. Mata Hingano
7. Jessica Javelet
8. Ashley Perry
9. Natalie Kosko
10. Tess Feury
11. Alev Kelter
12. Naya Tapper

Japan | v. USA
1. Raichierumiyo Bativakalolo
2. Yume Okuroda
3. Ano Kuwai
4. Chiharu Nakamura
5. Chisato Yokoo
6. Ai Nakamuru
7. Mifuyu Koide
8. Emii Tanaka
9. Tomomi Kozasa
10. Yume Hirano
11. Ateca Yumi Bativakalolo
12. Mio Yamanaka

Women's Eagles Sevens | 33
Tries: Emba, Fa'avesi, Perry, Kelter (2)
Conversions: Heavirland (3), Kelter

Japan | 5
Tries: Yokoo
Conversions: N/A

Women's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Clermont-Ferrand Sevens
v. Ireland - W 12-7
v. Japan - W 33-5
v. New Zealand - Saturday, June 24 @ 11:50 a.m. ET