Women's Sevens
19 7
New Zealand
17 5
Women's Sevens  @ Infinity Park
USA Women's Sevens
  Amy Perrett
Cup Semi-Final

Women's Eagles Sevens Defeat New Zealand To Advance To Cup Final

It was a re-match of last year’s cup final in the second game of the day for the USA Women’s Eagles Sevens as they squared off against last season’s champions, New Zealand.

The home side led immediately off the opening kick-off, gathering possession and giving Alev Kelter the chance to score the game’s opening try just 18 seconds into the match. The Eagles Sevens nearly had another score through Naya Tapper after securing the re-start, however she was penalized for not releasing the ball in the breakdown just metres shy of the line.

New Zealand would use their skill and pace to test the Americans’ defense for half-a-dozen phases before Kelter was penalized for a high tackle just inside the halfway line. The ball then found its way through the hands to Stacey Waaka who made no mistake on the outside and got her team on the board with a brilliant solo try. After a failed conversion attempt, the score at the break was two points in favour of USA.

The home side was dealt a devastating blow early in the second half as the quarter-final hero Cheta Emba was sent to the sin bin for a deliberate knock on on a New Zealand pass, which left her side to just six players. New Zealand believed they had taken the lead with a try from Shakira Baker in the right corner, however the TMO deemed her to have put a foot in touch so the play was called back.

Nevertheless, the New Zealand attack rolled on and they eventually touched down under the posts through Baker to jump ahead of the Eagles Women’s Sevens for the first time in the match.

Much to the delight of the fervent crowd at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO, the home side would respond with back-to-back tries from Kristi Kirshe and Lauren Doyle to further their lead to 19–12 with only seconds to go.

New Zealand would claw their way back with a well worked team try in the right corner, which meant that the outcome of the game would be decided off the boot of veteran Kelly Brazier. As her kick sailed wide, the USA Women’s Eagles Sevens rejoiced in excitement as they had booked their ticket to the cup finals where they will face Australia at 4:58pm MT.


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