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Kitakyushu Sevens

USA Women's Sevens outlast Ireland for full sweep of Pool C in Kitakyushu

KITAKYUSHU, JPN. - The Women's Eagles Sevens delivered a real come-from-behind, stay-in-the-fight win as they defeated Ireland 15-12 to claim a full sweep in Pool C and advance to the Cup Quarterfinals in Kitakyushu. 

"I said earlier in the week that if we stick to our principles and enjoy the game, we'll be fine. There were times where we did that well today and times where we put additional stress on ourselves when it wasn't needed," said Head Coach Chris Brown. "We have powerful individuals on our team which is a blessing, but the more we rely on individuals rather than our system as a collective the easier we are to beat." 

Ireland came out swinging, running the opening kickoff several meters and gaining even more ground on two consecutive USA penalties. With prime position from a lineout, the Irish snuck through a gap and scored in the third minute, 0-7. 

The United States edged the deficit shortly after when Kristi Kirshe bullied her way through defenders to move the ball to Naya Tapper on the outside. From there, Tapper collected several meters before Kayla Canett swooped in at the breakdown and somersaulted over the tryline, 5-7. 

In the second half, Ireland wasted no time moving the ball over midway, maintaining possession from a USA penalty to score their second 5-12. 

Knowing the score was still within reach, Kristi Kirshe got loose on the wing, escaped a tackle and ran clear across the field to put the Eagles Sevens within two points of their pool play sweep. But loose offloading signaled potential errors in the U.S. offense, where Ireland were given a lineout just inside their half. 

Unable to do anything with it, the USA won the ball back and Kristi Kirshe charted forward, fending off a swarm of defenders around her to make a pass to Alev Kelter. With a margin of space, Kelter ran straight for the tryzone and reached over the line just before a tackle to steal the lead 15-12. 

Ireland tried to come back on the final play but the United States held on to force a turnover at the breakdown and win the game. 

A massive effort by the Eagles Sevens to come back from behind and outlast a sharp Irish side is only another indication of strength in numbers and grit in performance. 

The USA will now face New Zealand in the Cup Quarterfinals at 9:52 PM ET, LIVE on facebook.com/worldrugby7s


Head Coach | Chris Brown
Head of Physical Performance | Matt Long
Athletic Trainer | Nicole Titmas
Team Manager | Liz Strohecker


Pool C | Broadcast LIVE on World Rugby Sevens Facebook

vs England | 43-7 (W)
vs Fiji | 31-5 (W)
vs Ireland | 15-12 (W)

Cup Quarterfinals
vs  New Zealand | 9:52 PM ET 

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