Women's Sevens
12 7
Canada
7 0
Women's Sevens  @ Westhills Stadium
Canada Sevens
  Sara Cox

USA Women's Sevens beat home-team Canada in thrilling Cup Quarterfinal

LANGFORD, B.C. – It has long been said that matchups between the United States and Canada are always hotly contested. And the Cup Quarterfinal matchup at HSBC Canada Sevens in Langford was exactly that.

In a mesmerizing depiction of fight and intensity, the United States rallied to put two hard-fought tries on the scoreboard and defeat home team and rival-Canada 12-7 to make the Cup Semifinals.

The crowd was boisterous, the stands were shaking -- and after six minutes of no score, fighting tooth and nail to keep the ball on their attacking side, Eagles Sevens' Alev Kelter dove over Canadian defenders to dot down right at halftime.

It was the final play of the first half, the siren had blown with the U.S. in attack and the Canadian defense was punishing with well-timed tackles, good spacing and an equal tenacity on their side of the ball.

After halftime, the USA were attacking immediately, using the energy of the last try to remain fired up and battle-ready.

Both teams had opportunities to possess in the second half of play with USA’s Kristi Kirshe and Ilona Maher unforgiving in their ability to clear space and take several meters with them on every tackle attempt.

After a strong run by Maher put the U.S. within five meters, a penalty in the breakdown gave Canada a lineout. Consumed by the intensity, the Eagles Sevens stole the ball from the lineout and continued to move forward until another penalty gave Canada a scrum from which Charity Williams scored their lone try, 7 all.

Eagles Sevens' Alev Kelter wasn’t having it, however, as she captured the restart, quickly identified space and ran all the way down the wing to score USA’s match winning try.

The Canadians had an almost-breakaway on the final play but Ilona Maher and Nicole Heavirland combined to make a tackle out of touch and the win was all USA.

World Cup Champions New Zealand will be next up in the Cup Semifinals at 4:08 PM ET, LIVE on facebook.com/worldrugby7s.

The United States will contest for their fourth medal of the season no matter what in either the Cup Final or Bronze Final later today.

WOMEN’S EAGLES 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 CANADA WOMEN’S SEVENS SCHEDULE

Pool C | Broadcast LIVE on World Rugby Sevens Facebook

vs Spain | 21-12 (W)
vs Fiji | 28-7 (W)
vs France | 12-0 (W)

Cup Quarterfinals
vs Canada | 12-7 (W)

Cup Semifinals
vs New Zealand | 4:08 PM ET

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