USA Eagles
24  
Japan
19  
Women's Sevens  @ Stade Jean-Bouin
June 8, 20183:28 pm CEST
Paris Sevens
FloRugby

Women's Sevens outpace Japan to open Paris 7s

PARIS, FRA - The final stop on the 2017-18 Women's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series kicked off today as the United States turned a strong first have scoring effort into an opening victory over Japan at Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris. With the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 just over a month away, Richie Walker's squad will look to keep in the win column and carry momentum through the weekend. 

Game awareness shined early with a clever try from Ryan Carlisle - while Japan had possession. Chiharu Nakamura carried the ball across her own line attempting to place it back into the ruck for a clearing kick. Carlisle recognized the open ball, reaching over to tap it down for points. Caught off guard, Japan was in an early 0-7 hole. 

The United States weren't taking any prisoners in the first half with some aggressive play on the ball. Naya Tapper tallied her 24th try of the season after dodging a few tackles, followed by a more traditional 5 points from Carlisle to give the Eagles a strong 17-0 lead. Japan would find the scoreboard just as first half time expired. 

Head Coach Richie Walker at halftime urged his team to keep their lead with composure; not to concede penalties and continue smart play for another seven minutes. Kris Thomas, having missed Langford due to injury, was in fresh health and clearly showed it with an 80-meter race-away try to open the second half. Thomas broke a few tackles deep in her own end, but was able to shift out wide and take advantage of her speed in space. In the foot race game, it's tough to beat this United States team. 

With a 24-7 lead, Walker began to bring in reserves which included debutant Ilona Maher capturing her first cap. Japan substitutes also entered the pitch and  took full advantage with a momentum swing. Japan held clear possession for the last 4 minutes of play, notching two tries from reserves Sayaka Suzuki and Raichielmiyo Bativakalolo. Too little, too late however as time expired on the 24-19 win for the United States. Alev Kelter and Nicole Heavirland both collected a conversion. Next up, Spain at 12:12pmET on FloRugby.

WOMEN'S EAGLE SEVENS | PARIS SEVENS SCHEDULE

vs Japan | W 24-19
vs Spain | 12:12pmET
vs France | 3:18pmET

WOMEN'S EAGLES SEVENS STAFF | 2018 PARIS SEVENS

Head Coach - Richie Walker 
Athletic Trainer - Sarah Leslie 
Head of Physical Preparation - Matt Long 
Analyst - Dave Gardner 
Team Manager - Liz Strohecker