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Friday, March 3, 2017

Vegas 7s Women: Eagles Beat Spain


After their disappointing loss to Ireland earlier in the day the Women Eagles 7s rebounded with a solid 24-7 win over Spain. The U.S. were expected to beat Spain but they were also expected to beat Ireland earlier in the day (both Spain and Ireland have missed out on the top eight the two previous tournaments) so picking up the win now sets up a chance to clinch a quarterfinal spot if they can beat Fiji later in the day.

Like they did against Ireland the U.S. got out to a hot start with Kate Zackary scoring less than a minute into the match. The U.S. continued to keep possession after the try but some simple mistakes coughed up the ball and Spain were there to capitalize with a long try around the outside. Spain hit their conversion to go ahead 7-5.

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The match turned on a late play in the first half as Alev Kelter made a heads up play at the breakdown to scoop up the ball and race 60 meters for the try. It gave the U.S. a 12-7 halftime lead and more importantly gave them momentum heading into the second half.

That momentum was sealed just into the second half. Spain were pushing close to the tryline but the U.S. did well to punch the ball away into the hands of Naya Tapper. From there she cut through the defense on her way to a 100 meter try. Off the restart the ball took a bounce the U.S. way where Zackary scored her second. That put the Eagles up 24-7.

The U.S. will now have to get past an ever improving Fijian team to solidify their chance at making the quarterfinals. They play at 4:47 p.m. et/1:47 p.m. pt.

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