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USA Women's Sevens to contest for Bronze Medal after loss to New Zealand

A momentous run at HSBC Canada Sevens in Langford was cut short when the Women’s Eagles Sevens fell to World Cup Champions New Zealand 12-26 in the Cup Semifinals.

New Zealand’s Michaela Blyde scored on the opening possession and then the United States were hit with a sizeable shift in numbers and energy when Alev Kelter drew a red card for a dangerous tackle.

With Kelter out for the game, the Eagles Sevens had to fight twice as hard and move twice as fast to cover a forceful Black Ferns Sevens playing relentlessly.

When play resumed after the red card, the United States applied strong defensive pressure to consistently keep the New Zealand side outside the 22. But, on an ensuing Eagles Sevens possession, the Black Ferns Sevens ripped the ball from the breakdown, moved it to the corner and scored again, 0-12.

On the restart, Naya Tapper broke open on the wing to give life to the U.S. offense right at halftime. New Zealand came back after the half, however, making it a wide 5-17.

The United States continued to work hard defensively, spacing out well and making precise tackles to force a penalty against New Zealand. Though they turned the ball back over minutes later, the Eagles Sevens continued to fight despite a shortage in numbers their side of the field.

In the final two minutes, New Zealand scored another try in the corner, matched by a try from Kristi Kirshe who took an offload from a scrum and ran it all the way down center, 12-26.

Though time erupted just as Kirshe touched down and the USA had lost their first game in Langford, American fans across the globe can take comfort in the resilience that shined despite a challenging circumstance.

The United States will be back to contest for their fourth medal of the season and a spot in the Top 2 of the rankings at 6:52 PM ET against France, LIVE on facebook.com/worldrugby7s.


WOMEN’S EAGLES 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 CANADA WOMEN’S SEVENS SCHEDULE

Pool C | Broadcast LIVE on World Rugby Sevens Facebook

vs Spain | 21-12 (W)
vs Fiji | 28-7 (W)
vs France | 12-0 (W)

Cup Quarterfinals
vs Canada | 12-7 (W)

Cup Semifinals
vs New Zealand | 12-26 (L)

Bronze Final
vs France | 6:52 PM ET 

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