Women's Sevens
29 12
Canada
26 19
Women's Sevens  @ Infinity Park
USA Women's Sevens
  Sara Cox
Cup Quarter-Final

Heroic Last-Second Cheta Emba Try Sends Women's Eagles Sevens Into Semi-Finals

In what would be one of the most exciting games of the weekend so far, the USA Women’s Eagles Sevens clinched a spot in the tournament semi-finals with a dramatic win over their North American rivals, Canada.

The home side controlled the possession early on before Naya Tapper’s line break got her side on the front foot, allowing for Cheta Emba to score the opening try of the match.

Canada would respond not long after through a Kayla Moleschi try, where Alev Kelter was also handed a yellow card for not using her arms in the tackle.

Canada would strike for two more tries from Ghislaine Landry and Julia Greenshields with the USA Women’s Eagles Sevens down to just six players to lead 19–7.

However, Kelter would make her impact known immediately after stepping back on the field from her two minutes in the bin as she powered over the line to cut the deficit to 19–12 at half time.

The second half gave the passionate home fans their money’s worth, with multiple lead changes and an exciting finish.

In the opening few minutes Naya Tapper and Kristi Kirshe both dotted down for tries to re-take the lead, however Canadian veteran Karen Paquin responded with a try of her own. With only seconds to play and Canada leading by two points, the USA’s fate looked all but sealed with just one kickoff remaining.

Yet, Emba came through at the right time. The 26-year-old high-flying Eagle soared above Canada’s Greenshields to gather the ball in the air perfectly before running the final 60m to punch her team’s ticket to the semi-finals.

USA Women’s Eagles Sevens will now face New Zealand at 2:23pm MT.


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