Women's Sevens
12 7
Canada
24 14
Women's Sevens  @ Mikuni World Stadium
Kitakyushu Sevens
  Ashleigh Murray

USA Women's Sevens end Kitakyushu hot streak with loss to Canada

KITAKYUSHU, JPN. - The Women's Eagles Sevens Kitakyushu hot streak came to an end in a tough 24-12 loss to rival-Canada in the Cup Semifinals.

Canada played a good hand but the United States created its own challenges with numerous errors that led to costly yellow cards and allowed the Canadians to monopolize possession.

The USA almost scored first when a massive tackle by Nana Fa’avesi forced the ball loose and Cheta Emba recovered it for the U.S. side. Ilona Maher took a sizeable run up the right wing but a penalty against the Americans gave possession right back to Canada.

Intensity and pressure were at an all-time high as the USA struggled for the balance to be both sharp and hugely physical.

A high tackle by Alev Kelter drew a yellow card, giving Canada’s Bianca Farella a chance to chip kick, recover and score. With Kelter out, the opposing side made use of the extra space, moving the ball to the edge for Julia Greenshields to make it 0-14.

The U.S. returned to full strength just before the half, where Kelter employed the right physicality to force a turnover and get her side a lineout inside Canada’s half. From there, Co-Captain Lauren Doyle slid through defenses to score a crucial try at halftime.

In the second half, the United States tried to regain their composure but errors continued to run rampant for the rest of the game.

Missing the kickoff, Canada took the first attack and -- with a penalty against the U.S. -- moved the ball to Bianca Farella to make it 7-19. An error on the restart gave USA a chance to answer back but penalties gave the ball right back to Canada where Ghislaine Landry ran long to add five more points.

Alev Kelter made it to the tryzone with minutes remaining, but the score was stripped as its preceding offload went forward. A high tackle from Jordan Matyas drew a second yellow for the United States as time was no longer on its side.

Canada looked to score on the final play but a massive tackle by Naya Tapper won the ball back for Lauren Doyle to run wide for her second try at fulltime, 12-24.

The Eagles Sevens still have a chance to medal in the Bronze Final at 4:04 AM ET against France, where another 16 World Series ranking points hang in the balance.

Matches are broadcast 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 | 31-5 (W)
vs Ireland | 15-12 (W)

Cup Quarterfinals
vs New Zealand | 26-19 (W)

Cup Semifinals
vs Canada | 12-24 (L)

Bronze Final
vs France | 4:04 AM ET

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