Women's Sevens
43 17
England
7 7
Women's Sevens  @ Mikuni World Stadium
Kitakyushu Sevens
  Amy Perrett

USA Women's Sevens defeat England for first win in Kitakyushu

KITAKYUSHU, JPN. - Months since last taking the pitch, the Women's Eagles Sevens opened the fourth round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in spectacular form, defeating England for the first time this season with a dominant 43-7 result. Seven tries were scored by five different players as the full squad protected the ball well and displayed an excellent understanding of space.

Looking sharp early, the USA stole the ball from an English scrum and moved it to the edges where Kris Thomas glided down the right flank with careful footwork to dot down. England answered back on the next possession, showing their own understanding of space as Helena Rowland ran through a gap to take a short lead, 5-7.

The United States didn’t let the one English try hinder their confidence by any means, as Alev Kelter exploited another massive gap to reclaim the lead. The U.S. defense worked tirelessly to slow England down on the next attack; and though the opposing side did break free, a tackle by Naya Tapper stopped the would-be try on the edge.

With the ball back, the United States moved from left to right – as they did consistently throughout the match – where Cheta Emba employed a monster fend to score another, 17-7 at halftime.

In the second-half, ball play was entirely shifted to the United States side.

A perfect offload from Naya Tapper to Co-Captain Lauren Doyle allowed Doyle to run pitch-length down the stretch before a tackle inches near the line. The Eagles Sevens ultimately recovered the ball, however, where Ilona Maher created space for Nana Fa’avesi to put it away, 24-7.

England next conceded a penalty on a forward pass which led to two consecutive Naya Tapper tries. First, on the right flank, Tapper dashed around the outside, keeping her feet in balance to score in the corner. Then, the squad’s Top Try Scorer lined up on the left side -- confusing defenses -- and claimed another offload for her second try.

As time expired, Ilona Maher cleared meters on a strong run where the USA recycled the ball to Alev Kelter who danced through the middle to seal the 43-7 victory.

The win was a reflection of months of diligent work by the Eagles Sevens, who have lost their previous two matchups with England by two-point margins and tries on the final play.

Fiji will be up next at 12:36 AM ET, LIVE on facebook.com/WorldRugby7s.


WOMEN’S EAGLES SEVENS STAFF

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


HSBC KITAKYUSHU SEVENS SCHEDULE

Pool C | Broadcast LIVE on World Rugby Sevens Facebook

vs England | 43-7 (W)
vs Fiji | April 20 - 12:36 AM ET
vs Ireland | April 20 - 3:20 AM ET

Knockout rounds begin as early as 9:30 PM ET on April 20.

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