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Dubai Sevens

Black Fern Sevens shutout Women's Sevens in Dubai semifinal

DUBAI, UAE - Momentum came to a screeching halt for the Women's Eagles Sevens in Dubai as they clashed with The Black Fern Sevens in the Cup Semifinal, ultimately losing in a 22-0 shutout. Michaela Blyde did what she does best in space to collect a hat trick and leave the US in a fight for third place and a possible 16 points. That match up comes in the form of Australia who lost to Canada in the other semifinal. 

The play-in game started off with an Alev Kelter kick that flew long and dribbled beyond the New Zealand try line, setting up Blyde for her first score in immediate fashion. The ensuing phase would lead to what looked to be the best opportunity for the US to respond as the Black Ferns were forced to double-team a ball carrying Ilona Maher. Maher was held up, as was Abby Gustaitis while still in the US end, giving the kiwis an easy out route to Blyde for her second try from the scrum. 

Despite the US owning some possession, the New Zealand pressure never let up in the first half. Regardless, the Americans head into the break only trailing by 12 points. 

12 points would grow to 17 after the second seven minutes were underway as Blyde earned her hat trick coming off a US penalty. The aggressiveness of the American team has been well documented in Dubai, however this time around it seemed to result in more pivotal penalties that New Zealand was able to capitalize on. 

Add in a highlight-reel kick and chase try from Kelly Brazier and Shakira Baker, and there you'll have it. Black Ferns shut out the United States, 22-0. 

While not where the team would like to be come their final match in the desert, a crucial 16 points and opportunity medal are still on the table with an Australian rematch ahead. The US beat Australia in pool play on day one and will look to repeat at 7:49am ET LIVE on World Rugby YouTube and and World Rugby Sevens Facebook page. 


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

Cup Quarterfinal
vs France | W 12-10

Cup Semifinal
vs New Zealand | L 22-0