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USA Women's Sevens beat Fiji for second straight win in Langford

LANGFORD, B.C. – The USA Women’s Eagles Sevens defeated Fiji 28-7 to notch their second straight win in Pool C at HSBC Canada Sevens 2019.

Following an exciting comeback over Spain, the United States faced Fiji with a stronger offensive display that saw them capitalize on possession at almost every outset.

The Eagles Sevens were first to the try zone after taking the opening possession and moving the ball to Naya Tapper for the early points. A penalty against the United States conceded the next attack to Fiji who broke loose on the wing and scored to even the table, 7-7.

By the end of the half, the USA were forcing the Fijian defense to work hard as they kept the ball in play despite a number of well-timed tackles. 

Fiji committed a penalty with 45 seconds remaining in the half, leading the United States to take a lineout deep on their own side. From there, Kristi Kirshe cleared several meters before an offload to Alev Kelter had Kelter dancing her way to the try zone mid posts, 14-7.

Into halftime, the score was close – too close. Fiji had played a good hand both offensively and defensively, keeping the United States working for every edge on both sides of the ball.

After a penalty against Fiji, the USA were away with another attack from the scrum but a bobbled offload turned the ball right back over to the Fijians. Fiji kept it alive for a few minutes until a penalty against them allowed the United States to rectify the earlier mistake.

With another chance, Kristi Kirshe made a run up the right flank and – despite a tackle – the Americans employed patient passing keep the ball in play until Abby Gustaitis’ drove it in, 21-7.

Gustiatis was clinical again right as time expired, winning a turnover at the breakdown where Naya Tapper ran steadfast around the corner to score her second, 28-7.

The United States will face fifth-place France in their final game of Pool C at 8:40 PM ET after which the matchups for tomorrow’s Cup Quarterfinals will be decided.

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


Pool C | Broadcast LIVE on World Rugby Sevens Facebook

vs Spain | 21-12 (W)
vs Fiji | 28-7 (W)
vs France | Sat, May 11 - 8:40 PM ET

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