USA Eagles
21 7
France
19 7
Women's Sevens  @ Infinity Park
October 21, 20182:42 am MDT
USA Women's Sevens
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Women's Sevens edge France to reach USAW7s Cup Final

GLENDALE, CO. - The Women's Eagles Sevens will always find a way to make rugby exciting. Seemingly lost in slow play on day one, the squad has now climbed the ladder to a spot in the Cup Final after a 21-19 win over France. Rookie Alena Olsen played hero as she scored the final try after time expired, setting up Alev Kelter for a chip shot conversion and two point victory. They take on a tough New Zealand team who has steam rolled over the tournament here in Colorado.

It took some time for either team to make a sustainable move, both holding each other static with great defense. Despite the ball being in the US defensive end for most the early going, Cheta Emba was able to break away and give the U.S. the early lead. France would answer however with one of their own, tying the score 7-7 at halftime approached.

Head coach Chris Brown told the team to stay patient but remain hungry during the break. That's just what they did when a beautiful inside pass from Lauren Doyle to Alev Kelter, secured another 7 points.

France continued to answer as Julie Annery raced in a try and Jessy Tremouliere followed suit to give France their first lead.

Still on attack, try-machine Ilona Maher showed her incredible value on defense after running down a French breakaway and tackling into touch, saving a sure try and keeping the US in a one score deficit.

Brown then went to his bench, positioning a rested Naya Tapper to possibly out run defenders on the outside. After a series of rucks at midfield, it was newcomer Alena Olsen whose brilliant dummy pass on the outside provided space for her first career HSBC Women's World Rugby Seven Series points. Having dove under posts, Kelter's chip shot conversion was straight on and gave the US the win.

The Women's Sevens look forward to redeeming a pool play loss to New Zealand in the final game on Sunday at Infinity Park. Catch it all live on FloRugby.