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Women's Sevens  @ Infinity Park
USA Women's Sevens
  Julianne Zussman
Pool Play

Picture Perfect Start for Women's Eagles Sevens Against Brazil

It was a picture-perfect start for the USA Women’s Eagles Sevens to open their Tokyo 2020 Olympic season on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Two minutes into the opening half Cheta Emba forced a turnover at the breakdown near the USA Eagles’ 22m line with an impressive steal, which swung the momentum in the hosts’ favour. From there the ball found its way through the hands to Nicole Heavirland who made no mistake to touch down in the left corner.

Last season’s 2nd ranked Eagles Sevens quickly found their stride after that as Ilona Maher powered over for the second try of the match at the five-minute mark to double the lead to 10 – 0.

They would touch down for another try before the half time whistle through the all-time cap leader Alev Kelter, playing in her 30th world series event to lead 17 – 0 at the break. The Eagles Sevens would head into the break with an impressive 90% tackle success rate in the opening seven minutes.

Brazil, who finished last season in 11th place, controlled possession for the opening four minutes of the second half. However, the Eagles Sevens’ staunch defence stood strong as they held the visitors mostly inside their own half before Heavirland caused a turnover.

From there Kristi Kirshe used her pace to race past the defenders for the fourth try of the game to lead 22 – 0. Super sub Jordan Matyas would add one more to seal a perfect victory by a score of 27 – 0.