Women's Sevens
12 0
New Zealand
35 28
Women's Sevens  @ Infinity Park
USA Women's Sevens

Women's Sevens fall in day one final to Black Ferns

GLENDALE, CO. - It was a tough loss for the United States after their final game against New Zealand on Saturday of the HSBC USA Women's Sevens. The Americans were hoping to redeem themselves after narrowly losing against the Kiwi's at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in July, but eventually fell 35-12. Despite the loss and 1-2 record on the day, the Women's Eagles still find themselves in Cup contention.

The first half was fairly one-sided in favor of New Zealand. The Americans struggled with turnovers that led to tries from Kelly Brazier, Sarah Goss, Ruby Tui, and Shakira Baker.

The group seemed to overplay on defense leaving open gaps for the Black Ferns to score. New Zealand led at the half, 28-0.

Stepping out for the second half, the US was in need of a spark to rally the 2,200+ in attendance at Infinity Park.

Halftime gave the U.S. a chance to regroup, and determined to pick up the pace in the second half, Ilona Maher was given some space and able to dot down for five. Standout Maher was the second leading try scorer of the tournament at the end of day one.

Michaela Blyde brought her defenders far right to cut back finding an opening down the field to score. Determined to keep a large gap on the point differential between themselves and Spain, Tapper recovered a fumble to score the last try of the game, bringing the final score to 35-12.

Despite the loss, rookie Stephanie Rovetti looked back on her inaugural tournament,


In the following match, the US needed Mexico to either beat Spain or keep the loss to less than 47 points. Come the final whistle, Spain finished off Mexico 46-0, allowing the Women's Sevens to squeak away with a Cup Quarterfinal appearance against undefeated Australia. That match will kick off at 11:36amMT LIVE on FloRugby.

Pool B | Streamed LIVE exclusively on FloRugby.

vs England
L | 12-10

vs China 
W | 24-21

vs New Zealand
L | 35-12