Women's Sevens
31 19
Fiji
5 5
Women's Sevens  @ Mikuni World Stadium
Kitakyushu Sevens
  Madeline Putz

USA Women's Sevens Improve 2-0 with win over Fiji in Kitakyushu

KITAKYUSHU, JPN. - The Women's Eagles Sevens delivered another commanding performance in Kitakyushu with a 31-5 victory over Fiji that moved them to 2-0 in Pool C. 

This one wasn't without mistakes, however, as the United States conceded possession on a few occasions which gave the Fijians unnecessary attacking opportunities. But as Fiji suffered its own challenges in making use of each opportunity, the Eagles Sevens were able to rectify mistakes and maintain control of the scoreline. 

That exact cadence led to the first USA try when a penalty against the Americans led to a Fijian scrum within the opening minutes. Taking command of the set piece, USA won the ball from the scrum and worked it to the edges where Kris Thomas ran around the outside to dot down, 5-0. 

Alev Kelter followed suit immediately after, charging for the tryline to dot down mid-posts after the Eagles Sevens claimed the restart. Fiji caught the USA off guard on the next possession, scoring their only try to cut the deficit 12-5. 

In the final play of the half, a massive run by Alev Kelter cleared several meters where, after a number of phases, Nana Fa'avesi scooped an offload with a huge opening in the middle to make it 19-5. 

A solid 50-meter run by Kris Thomas captured attention in the second half but the Eagles Sevens star couldn't make it all the way.

Passing carefully, the Americans continued to make patient offloads until a sizeable tackle on Alev Kelter forced a turnover. Fiji knocked the ball on after and ignited an array of back-and-forth possessions as errors on both sides created stoppages at every turn. 

Then, the U.S. found its rhythm as Alev Kelter drew in defenders and made a well-timed pass to Ilona Maher for a try in the corner, 26-5. 

The Fijian offense worked hard to move the ball but the United States defense continued to spread its numbers at every gap. As time expired, both Eagle Captains combined for one last score when Lauren Doyle moved the ball well up the right flank and Nicole Heavirland snuck through space in the middle to dot down, 31-5.

Now carrying momentum from two powerful wins, the Women's Eagles Sevens will look for a full sweep in Pool C as they face Ireland at 3:20 AM ET 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 | 31-5 (W)
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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