The USA Women have secured their bid to the China 7s quarterfinals, going 2-1 through pool after defeating Fiji (15-0) and China (19-0) and losing to England (19-0). The Eagles will play Australia in the round of eight.
The USA's last game against England was a frustrating affair. The rain prevented any fluidity on either side, as perpetual knock-ons halted play and necessitated many scrums. But the Eagles didn't help themselves either, as a high penalty count awarded the Roses more ball than they deserved, and England made good use of that possession.
England ran out to a 19-0 lead in the first half, as Kat Merchant, Alexandra Matthews and Natasha Brennan all scored tries, and Katy McLean hit two conversions. To the Eagles' credit, the defense in the from of Lauren Doyle and Vanesha McGee made England work for their scores, pulling down ballcarriers just short of the tryline.
The second half was a more even affair, and even though the USA spent considerably more time in England's end, the Roses' defense would not budge.
The USA's quarterfinal opponent, Australia, finished second in Pool B to Canada, who were on fire yesterday. Canada not only defeated Australia 20-10 but led all teams with points scored (105).
The USA v Australia knockout will occur at 10:22 p.m. EST. Stay tuned.