Saturday, August 6, 2016

Olympic 7s: U.S. Women Hammer Colombia

After dropping their first match against Fiji the U.S. responded in a very big way with a 48-0 win over Colombia to complete their first day at the Rio Olympics. If the U.S. is going to claim one of the top two third place spots for a place in the quarterfinals they are going to need to do it on point differential and their big win will go along way to helping tomorrow. They now are at a +38 while fellow third place teams Spain and Brazil are at -43 and -64 respectively. As long as the U.S. keep it close or beat Australia in their final pool play match tomorrow they should be able to make the quarterfinals.

Straight from the outset the Eagles had little difficult scoring tries. After a win at the breakdown by Alev Kelter Kelly Griffin started the set play that then found the supporting Kelter for the try. From then it was game on. First it was Lauren Doyle to beat the defense and then it was Kelter adding her second after runs from Vix Folayan and Doyle. Kathryn Johnson scored her first Olympic try to finish off the half at 24-0.

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The Eagles had a major advantage in the second half as they were able to bring the likes of Jessica Javelet and Ryan Carlyle off the bench. With the added energy Javelet soon scored to push the lead and was soon matched by Carlyle. Johnson then added her second try before Nana Fa'avesi finished out the scoring.

With Spain playing Kenya and Brazil playing Japan tomorrow the U.S. stand a great chance of making the quarterfinals. It's difficult to see them thumping their opponent but a similar score that the U.S. had over Colombia. At the same time, the U.S. may not be favored against Australia they should be able to keep it reasonably close.

The match against Australia starts at 12:30 p.m. et/9:30 a.m. pt.

Starters:  Potter, Griffin, Johnson, Kelter, Baraviala, Doyle, Folayan 

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