USA Eagles
19 5
France
22 15
Women's Sevens
Westhills Stadium
Women's Sevens @ Westhills Stadium
April 12, 20181:46 pm PDT
Canada Sevens
Referee:  Adam Jones
The Rugby Channel

Last Minute French Try Spoils USA Win

LANGFORD, B.C. - The Women's Eagles Sevens had a comeback bid almost in the bag until a French try on the final play delivered a 22-19 loss at Canada Sevens. The second match of Pool B began with France taking advantage of defensive miscues on the USA side and owning the set piece, until a second-half USA comeback forced their hand. With a final meeting against Japan (1-1) at 7:16 PM ET, the Women's Sevens will be hard-pressed to cement their position in the Cup Quarterfinals, LIVE on The Rugby Channel.

The match kicked off with the Women's Sevens delivering a beautiful team try to fans in Langford. Ryan Carlyle took the ball most of the way, pushing herself through French defenders, before the offload to Naya Tapper was closely chased. Abby Gustaitis snagged it on the outside right after, with a back-and-forth dance with Alev Kelter that ended with Gustaitis reaching over the line, 0-5. 

Following a strong start, the physicality of the Eagles' battle with France began to take its form. First, a hard French breakaway overcame a close chase and missed tackle by USA's Kelter for Montserrat Amedee to tie the score, 5-5. Then, a lineout won by France allowed Coralie Bertrand to take the lead 10-5.

With less than two minutes in the half, a long kick by Eagle Cheta Emba was cut short by a penalty which turned the ball back over to France. A little more play and another lineout followed, after which a clever lineout let Montserrat Amedee score again, 15-5. 

During halftime, Head Coach Richie Walker identified the difficulties faced by the Women's Sevens. Reaching too high for tackles and penalties at the breakdown were critical proponents to giving up French tries. Just as it had in their first match with Russia, Walker's advice allowed the Eagles to make sound adjustments coming back into play. 

With Naya Tapper jumping in for Jordan Gray, USA's fresh dynamic allowed Tapper to put the U.S. back in the game 15-10. Having momentum shifted back on the American side, Alev Kelter took full advantage and crossed the line once more for her second of the tournament and the United States' 500th of the HSBC Series, 15-19.

Now holding the lead with the one play to go, a final French attack proved deadly for the Eagle comeback. Taking the ball deep within the U.S. 22, France's Jade Le Pesq pushed her way to the five meter line and finally crossed over for the 22-19 final victory.

Though the loss is disappointing, the Women's Sevens' overall performance has shown remarkable improvement from the last tournament. A final game against Japan (1-1) at 7:16 PM ET will be critical in positioning the squad for a Cup Quarterfinal run. Watch the match live on The Rugby Channel.

WOMEN'S SEVENS STAFF | 2018 HSBC Canada Sevens

Head Coach - Richie Walker
Athletic Trainer - Kevin Ng
Head of Physical Preparation - Jon Hood
Analyst - Dave Gardner
Team Manager - Liz Strohecker

WOMEN'S SEVENS SCHEDULE | 2018 HSBC Canada Sevens

vs. Russia | 14-35 (W)
vs. France | 22-19 (L)
vs. Japan | Sat, May 12 - 7:16 PM ET