Women Sevens Bury Spain In 5th Place Semifinal
PARIS, FRA – Spain started off this 5th place semifinal in quick fashion as the brought the ball to the USA line, but that would be about it as the Women’s Eagles Sevens win in dominant fashion, 33-5.
Off the Alev Kelter kick off, Spain pieced together a strong first drive with the United States treading backwards towards their own line. A fumbled pass would be a lucky break for the Eagles as they regained possession. Tournament stand out, Lauren Doyle, reeled in the ball up the middle to chase down her 4th try in Paris.
Kelter accelerated the intensity with a bullish run through the Spain defense to gain some ground down field, later off loading to Jordan Gray and then on to Abby Gustaitis for the score. Kelter would again provide the assist with a perfect restart to follow, finding Gray again from short distance. Gray would dot down herself this time around. USA go into the break up 19-0.
Spain looking to get ahold of the game and stage an attack, ran into more of the same as Doyle was at it again with the breakaways, tallying her 5th tournament try in the 9th minute. Perhaps the most noteworthy moment during the blowout was a pitch-length try from debutant Ilona Maher. The Quinnipiac hopeful collected the ball as time expired, but with a first career score out ahead of her, she ran through to the posts and was greeted with congratulations from her teammates. Nicole Heavirland and Kelter went 4/5 in conversions.
An overall brilliant performance from the Women’s Sevens as they move on to the 5th place final. They’ll meet Fiji at 10:43amET tomorrow, LIVE on FloRugby.
Author: Calder Cahill.