Women's Sevens
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New Zealand
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Women's Sevens  @ Spotless Stadium
February 2, 20199:34 am AEDT
Sydney 7s
  Amy Perrett

USA Women's Sevens outpaced by New Zealand in Cup Semifinal at HSBC Sydney Sevens

SYDNEY, AUS. - New Zealand were a tough one to crack. In the Cup Semifinal at HSBC Sydney Sevens 2019, the Women's Eagles Sevens were outpaced by the Black Ferns Sevens, falling to a 5-29 result at the hands of the reigning World Cup Champions. 

New Zealand opened the half with three consecutive tries, torching the pitch for any margin of space left open for them to score. The USA defense displayed strength in the opening minutes, however, pushing the Black Ferns Sevens further and further back on their first possession of the game.

But the opposition held their patience, working the ball from the left to the right with concise precision until Michaela Blyde could run wide for the first seven points.  

One try was all it took for New Zealand to capture momentum and wield it to their side. The side combined their energy with physicality at the breakdown to protect the ball and allow Ruby Tui and Gayle Broughton to dot down two more times, 0-19. 

Halftime gave each team the chance to catch a breath, where USA Head Coach Chris Brown encouraged the Eagles Sevens to remain focused on their approach. 

When play resumed, the Black Ferns Sevens proved too much to handle, working the edges once more to let Shakira Baker claim another in the corner 0-24. 

The United States had an opportunity on the next attack, but the tackling strength of the New Zealand side pushed Captain Nicole Heavirland to touch.

A mistake by the opposition allowed the Americans to take a lineout and -- despite a turnover -- the Black Ferns Sevens committed a second mistake to give the Eagles Sevens a tap and go. But with the ball snatched out from under them, New Zealand scored again where Katarina Whata-Simpkins made it 29-0 with only a minute remaining. 

Tired, frustrated and trying desperately to launch an attack the USA women finally put a play into motion to end the shutout. Scooping a pass from Cheta Emba, Katarina Whata-Simpkins Co-Captain Lauren Doyle used her pace to run along the right flank -- sliding between defenders until she made her way to the zone, 5-29. 

The USA almost had one more on the final play but a knock on ruled the ball dead where New Zealand had prevailed. 

Despite a tough battle, the Women's Eagles Sevens stlll have an opportunity to win a medal. The team will close out HSBC Sydney Sevens 2019 against Ireland in the Bronze Medal Match at 2:04 AM ET, LIVE on facebook.com/worldrugby7s

Women's Eagles Sevens Staff

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

HSBC Sydney Sevens 2019 Schedule & Results

Pool C | Broadcast LIVE on World Rugby Sevens Facebook

vs China | 26-10 (W)
vs Spain | 14-21 (L)
vs Australia | 19-12 (W) 

Cup Quarterfinals
vs Russia | 7-5 (W)

Cup Semifinals
vs New Zealand | 5-29 (L)

Bronze Final
vs Ireland | 2:04 AM ET 

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