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Cup Semifinal

USA Women’s Sevens guarantee fifth medal of the season with Cup Final berth in Biarritz

BIARRITZ, FRA. - The USA Women’s Eagles Sevens have confirmed a serendipitous ending to their 2019 season.

Where they opened the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 with a Cup Final appearance against New Zealand at home in Glendale, the United States have just defeated Spain 24-7 to again face the Black Ferns Sevens in the Cup Final of the Series finale in Biarritz.

Having now extended their most successful season of all time by guaranteeing five medals in six tournaments, the USA will hold onto its World No. 2 ranking with an opportunity to make history once more. Never before have the Women’s Eagles Sevens made two Cup Finals in a single-season and never before have they walked away with Gold.

After a full sweep of Pool C and a commanding win over Russia in the Quarterfinals, the USA employed another sharp performance against Spain.

The Spanish were first to score after bursting through a gap on the opening possession but it would be their only try of the match. Following a U.S. lineout on the next attack, Naya Tapper plucked the ball from a ruck, spotted a hole and ran 70 meters to the try zone.

Tapper was exuberant on both offense and defense, stopping a Spanish runner sure to reach the try zone with a tackle into touch on the next play.

At halftime, the United States dazzled again. Lauren Doyle offloaded to Alev Kelter following a scrum, where Kelter made a long run with Spanish defenders all around her and tossed it back to Doyle for the try.

When play resumed, Ilona Maher and Cheta Emba combined for short runs on the wing, moving the ball back in center where Naya Tapper recycled to Alev Kelter for a 17-7 lead.

Tight coverage and promising phases on both sides brought the U.S. to a lineout with two minutes to go where, from the breakdown, Kris Thomas put possession in Naya Tapper’s hands for the 24-7 winning score.

The Cup Final will begin at 12 PM 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)

Cup Quarterfinal
vs Russia | 27-12 (W)

Cup Semifinal
vs Spain | 24-7 (W)

Cup Final
vs New Zealand | 12 PM ET 

View Pool Draw Here


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