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Women's Sevens  @ Allianz Stadium
Sydney 7s
Pool Play - Pool B

Women's Sevens hand Japan 38-0 loss in Sydney

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - "Just do the things we know we can do, and do them well." noted Alev Kelter after their 38-0 shut out of Japan. They did just that as Naya Tapper and Alev Kelter continued to dominate and even the Women's Sevens Sydney record at 1-1.

Japan, while looking for their first World Series win this season, began the match with possession and a mid-field scrum. The US would later force a knock-on and pick up a scrum of their own. Kelter began the drive as she juked left, completely spinning around her defender into open space. Tapper followed close behind the breakaway for a dish-out try.  

The Japanese showed flashes of promise once again following the Tapper try as they held Jordan Grey from what looked like a sure 5 points, then taking advantage of an American penalty to bring the ball back the other direction. That would be the extent of it however when Japan coughed it back up and the US wrestled the ball back for a Kelter try. 

Despite scrappy play and the ball finding the ground a few times, the United States seemed to have complete control of the match and fell back into a groove after the early loss to England. 

Naya Tapper brought her 2017-18 try tally into the double digits, while Hope Rogers continues her strong tournament. Confidence rides high as the Women's Sevens head into their anticipated rematch against New Zealand. When asked about the notable upset over the Black Ferns in Dubai, Kelter answered, "Nothing means anything now [from] Dubai, we're just gonna focus on what we do best. New Zealand is a great squad and it's going to be a great game."

Women's Eagles Sevens Roster | Sydney 7s Tournament

Tia Blythe
Sarah Buonopane
Ryan Carlyle
Cheta Emba
Jordan Gray
Abby Gustaitis
Nicole Heavirland (C)
Alev Kelter
Natalie Kosko
Kiki Morgan
Hope Rogers
Naya Tapper

Women's Eagles Sevens Staff | Sydney 7s Tournament

Richie Walker, Head Coach
Sarah Leslie, Athletic Trainer 
Jon Hood, Head of Physical Preparation
Dave Gardner, Analyst
Liz Strohecker, Team Manager

Women's Eagles Sevens Schedule | Pool B | Sydney 7s Tournament

LIVE on The Rugby Channel
vs. England | L 24-28
vs. Japan | W 38-0
vs. New Zealand | L 0-31

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