Women's Sevens
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Women's Sevens  @ Fifth Third Bank Stadium
Atlanta Sevens


KENNESAW, Ga. - Australia ended the Women's Eagles Sevens' unbeaten streak at HSBC Atlanta Sevens Saturday with a 22-5 win in the Cup Quarterfinals at Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University.

Jessica Javelet followed up Friday's match-winning try against New Zealand with her second of the tournament in the match, the first loss for Richie Walker as head coach of the team. The Eagles will meet Fiji in the Plate Semifinals at 4:20 p.m. ET, with vital HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series points on the line in addition to the hardware.

The Eagles benefitted from several positive bounces in pool play in Georgia, caused by a strong work ethic throughout 42 minutes of play. Australia suffered its first loss of the season during pool play, and came out of the gates Saturday with a redemptive outlook.

Bui Baravilala's opening restart was taken by the southern winds, causing it to not travel the required 10 meters. Australia took the tap in stride and another penalty against the U.S. was punished with quick ball movement to the wing for Emma Tonegato to open the scoring.

Meya Bizer was injured in the buildup to the try, and was replaced by Ryan Carlyle, who was whistled for an infraction on the ensuing restart. The tap allowed Charlotte Caslick to run against the grain, setting Tonegato free on the wing for a 12-0 score line.

The Eagles kept Emilee Cherry from extending Australia's lead further in the first half and drew a penalty to start the attack, which lasted the final two minutes of the frame from the U.S. 22 to five meters from the opposition's try line. Kristen Thomas and Lauren Doyle each stretched their legs to bring the Eagles across midfield for the first time, and several penalties against Australia led to Shannon Parry receiving a yellow card.

Walker's side was unable to capitalize on the player advantage, and trailed, 12-0, at halftime.

"We just lost a bit of focus and communication there at the start," Walker said post-match. "They were able to get a good lead on us, but at the end of that second half we showed our promise. We knew what we wanted to do in the second half - they just going that one try in there.

"It goes either way in sevens. First one to score that first try after halftime gets the momentum. Unfortunately that's how it goes."

A lineout throw to the U.S. from the second-half restart betrayed Nicole Heavirland at her 22, with the wind sending the ball into Australia's possession. A few passes later, Cherry found herself over the try line for a 17-0 lead. Parry's sinning ended in the 10th minute, when the Eagles started to resemble the team that won all three of its matches on day one.

Javelet had one run down the wing stopped early and missed a tackle on Dominique Du Toit to bring the score to 22-0, but ended Australia's shutout bid with an 80-meter try with a minute to play. A last-minute attack again showed signs of promise for the Eagles with ball in hand, but did not bear fruit for a 22-5 final score.


Fiji defeated the Eagles in one of their first matches of the season back at Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, and will offer a shot at redemption to Walker's previously-unbeaten side.

"It's a learning curve for us, and a learning curve for me as a coach," Walker said of the team's first signs of adversity this weekend. "We'll just focus on points going into Fiji. The girls are a little bit upset right now, but give them a few minutes to get rid of that and they'll refocus to get ready for the next game.

"It's good to deal with it now - better than later. Now our goal is to go out there and do well to win the Plate."

The Eagles can gain 12 points to improve their position in eighth in the Series standings should they win the Plate. The next match kicks off from Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University at 4:20 p.m. ET, with the live broadcast provided by The Rugby Channel.

Women's Eagles Sevens | v. Australia

1. Jillion Potter (C)

2. Megan Bonny

3. Kate Zackary

4. Amelia Bizer

5. Ryan Carlyle

6. Nicole Heavirland

7. Alev Kelter

8. Bui Baravilala

9. Lauren Doyle

10. Richelle Stephens

11. Kristen Thomas

12. Jessica Javelet

Australia | v. USA

1. Shannon Parry

2. Brooke Walker

3. Dominique Du Toit

4. Tiana Penitani

5. Emma Tonegato

6. Evania Pelite

7. Charlotte Caslick

8. Chloe Dalton

9. Amy Turner

10. Alicia Quirk

11. Emilee Cherry

12. Mahalia Murphy

Women's Eagles Sevens | 5

Tries: Javelet

Conversions: N/A

Australia | 22

Tries: Tonegato (2), Cherry, Du Toit

Conversions: Dalton

Discipline: Parry (Yellow)

Women's Eagles Sevens | HSBC Atlanta Sevens

v. Spain - W 24-0

v. Japan - W 33-12

v. New Zealand - W 12-5

Cup QF v. Australia - L 22-5

Plate SF v. Fiji - Saturday, April 9 @ 4:20 p.m. ET