Women's Sevens
19 7
France
7 0
Women's Sevens  @ Parc des Sports Aguiléra
France Sevens
  Hollie Davidson

USA Women's Sevens go unbeaten on Day One in Biarritz

BIARRITZ, FRA. - The USA Women’s Eagles Sevens saved the most exciting match of the France Sevens Pool Play for last. Already qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with two wins over China and Fiji, the Eagles brought the heat offensively against home team France and won their final match of the day 19-7. 

The USA women have now swept their last three consecutive pool rounds of the season. With the sweep, the group totaled nine points to take the top placing in Pool C and face Russia in the Cup Quarterfinals tomorrow at 5:22 AM ET on facebook.com/worldrugby7s. France came second with seven points.

The United States set the tone early, forcing an error on France and claiming the first attack from the scrum. Quickly after, French player Anne-Cécile Ceofani drew a yellow card for a high tackle on Abby Gustaitis, setting the Eagles Sevens up close to the try line. Cheta Emba managed to juke the tough French defense to get in for the try and put the USA up 7-0.

The French offense appeared to gain some steam at the end of the first half, but the USA defense held tough and the Eagles Sevens brought their 7-0 lead into the break.

Kristi Kirshe ripped off a huge run on the wing to start the second half, making it look easy as she outran the French defenders to put the USA up 12-0.

Shortly after, Lauren Doyle took a page out of Kirshe’s book, breaking ankles and switching sides to leave the French defense in the dust. Doyle has now scored in every match of Pool C. The conversion after put the United States up 19-0

A scrum right on the French tryline gave the opposition the attack and pitch position needed to make it over the tryline in the final seconds but the grounding was investigated for potential loss of control. Following review, France were awarded a penalty try as Alev Kelter drew her second yellow of the match which automatically became a red. 

Time expired quickly thereafter and the Eagles celebrated their victory over a French team that had not allowed a point prior to this game. The 19-7 win was a display of the United States' resilience to overcome a day with many uncharacteristic errors on offense and forced opportunities on defense. 

The USA will take on Russia in the Cup Quarterfinals at 5:22 AM ET on facebook.com/worldrugby7s.

USA WOMEN'S SEVENS STAFF

Head Coach | Chris Brown
Head of Physical Performance | Matt Long
Head Performance Analyst | Dave Gardner
Athletic Trainer | Nicole Titmas
Team Manager | Liz Strohecker

HSBC FRANCE WOMEN’S SEVENS SCHEDULE

Pool C | Broadcast LIVE on World Rugby Sevens Facebook

vs China | 36-5 (W)
vs Fiji | 14-12 (W)
vs France | 19-7 (W)

vs Russia | 5:22 AM ET

View Pool Draw Here


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