Women's Sevens
14 7
Fiji
5 5
Women's Sevens  @ Parc des Sports Aguiléra
France Sevens
  Joy Neville

USA Women's Sevens hold on to overcome Fiji and improve 2-0 in Biarritz

BIARRITZ, FRA. - Following a string of uncharacteristic errors, intermixed with heroic runs and try-saving tackles, the USA Women's Sevens held on to defeat Fiji 14-12 in the second match of HSBC France Sevens. 

The Fijians were first to cross the tryline in the third minute, after a messy chain of back-and-forth errors where the Eagles Sevens and Fiji each fought against short spurts of possession. Though it was the USA's opposition who held an advantage with the first points, the Eagles Sevens still continued to threaten in attack. 

As Fiji kept the ball alive, the United States stole it back from a ruck and Viniana Riwai drew a yellow card for a neck roll. From there, Naya Tapper found the edge to make a run, drawing in a defender so Co-Captain Lauren Doyle could sneak up, capture the offload and score, 7-5. 

Then, into the second half, more miscues on both sides ended in another try for Fiji as Raijieli Daveua won a turnover at the breakdown, caught the U.S. off guard and ran into the tryzone to make it 7-12. 

The United States answered back immediately after where Cheta Emba snagged the restart and another run, Ilona Maher swooped in to for more territory and an offload to Kris Thomas nailed the try on the wing, 14-12. 

With only minutes remaining, intensity rose and Fiji broke open to run halfway down the stretch where Lauren Doyle made a massive chase down and try-saving tackle to put the ball back on her side. Doyle's tackle was a game-changer, adding a significant momentum boost to a U.S. side who were fighting to get on the right foot. 

In the final minute, Cheta Emba made another run, drifting to the side before being tackled right by the line. Though the ball was recovered by Fiji, the opposing side committed another penalty where the United States took a lineout on the final play and kicked to touch for the hard-fought victory. 

With two wins on the day and qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the United States have sealed their place in the Cup Quarterfinals. One more match against home team France at 1:48 PM ET on facebook.com/worldrugby7s will determine whether the USA women can seal their third consecutive pool play sweep. 


USA WOMEN'S SEVENS STAFF

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


HSBC FRANCE WOMEN’S SEVENS SCHEDULE

Pool C | Broadcast LIVE on World Rugby Sevens Facebook

vs China | 36-5 (W)
vs Fiji | 14-12 (W)
vs France | Sat, June 15 - 1:48 PM ET

View Pool Draw Here



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