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Women's Sevens clinch thriller over Australia, on to Dubai QF

DUBAI, UAE - The Women's Eagles Sevens are only one and half tournaments into the season but have already provided a handful of thrilling results, two in the form of victories over Australia. To close out day one in Dubai, Cheta Emba played hero to score the game winning try, well after the horn had blown. Continuing her strong tournament, the 22-17 win ushers the Eagles into the Cup Quarterfinals tomorrow against France.

Head Coach Chris Brown noted after the win, "A solid way to finish the day. Most important aspect is we are making the opposition play around us through the connection we are having."

Needing to set the tone early against a formidable team, Kris Thomas wasted no time getting the United States on the board, notching a try in the first 20 seconds. Motivated to keep the pressure, Nicole Heavirland went to the boot to find Ilona Maher, but a knock on led to no points. Soon after, Emba is whistled for a knock on and yellow carded, giving Australia the player advantage with only a handful on time in the first half. Dominique Du Toit is able to capitalize as both teams break for the half, USA up 7-5 after the missed conversion. 

Into the second seven minutes, the United States defense is able to hold firm, allowing Emba back on the pitch to even numbers.

Ilona Maher time.

Maher would tally back-to-back tries, both coming around the side and breaking tackles. Further proving her combination of speed and power will be lethal for this team in an Olympic qualifying year. With about 4 minutes left, the US held a 17-5 lead until Joanne Fa'avesi was also shown a yellow card for a high tackle and the Aussies we're given another player advantage. In speedy fashion, Ellia Green and Lily Dick collected tries, knotting the score at 17 a piece. 

Noticeably eager for a win with their physicality elevated in the end, the US remained aggressive on defense resulting in a race away winning try for Emba. Holding Australia at midfield, Evania Pelite barged the line but Alena Olsen did well to keep her from going to ground, giving Emba the opportunity to wrestle the ball away. Immediately turning for the try zone, Emba raced away to lock in the 22-17 win. 

Co-Captain Nicole Heavirland's thoughts after the win...

Brown concluded with his message to the team, "Expecting the girls to be brave, and fight no matter what."

The Women's Eagles Sevens take the pitch later tonight at 12:22am ET against France in the Cup Quarterfinals. Familiar with France in the knockout this year, the United States will again look to repeat from Glendale when they defeated the French in reaching the Cup Final. All matches can be seen LIVE on World Rugby Sevens Facebook, YouTube and Website Match Center. 


1. Joanne Fa'avesi
2. Abby Gustaitis
3. Cheta Emba
4. Ilona Maher
5. Kristen Thomas
6. Ashlee Byrge*
7. Lauren Doyle (Co-Captain)
8. Alena Olsen
9. Alev Kelter
10. Nicole Heavirland (Co-Captain)
11. Naya Tapper
12. Stephanie Rovetti

*First HSBC World Sevens Series appearance.


General Manager | Emilie Bydwell 
Head Coach | Chris Brown
Performance Analyst | Dave Gardner
Athletic Trainer | Nicole Titmas
Team Manager | Liz Strohecker


Pool B
vs China | W 31-0
vs England | L 14-12
vs Australia | W 22-17