The USA Women 7s team is now competing for 7th place at the Dubai 7s, having dropped a 12-10 decision to England in the Plate semifinals. The Roses will face Spain in the Plate championship.
The Eagles came into this game after a humbling 36-0 defeat to Russia in the Cup quarterfinals, while England recovered from a heart-breaking 19-12 loss to Australia in a game that wasn’t decided until the final moments. Both had reason to prove themselves in the Plate semifinals, but it was the USA that exerted itself early on.
A minute into the match, Megan Bonny dotted down her second try of the tournament for the five-point lead. The teams evened up for the remainder of the half until Vix Folayan – who evidently had her two-game suspension reduced – outpaced England in the waning moments for the try, 10-0.
The USA had every reason to feel good about the second half, and when Michaela Staniford was sin binned for hitting a player in the air, the Eagles had an opportunity to build their lead. But they didn’t. England’s defense contained the USA attack, and that success buoyed the Roses.
Not long after Staniford rejoined the team, Megan Ellery went over for the try. Sarah McKenna hit the conversion to pull within three. On the restart, Claire Allan put her side ahead with England’s second try at 5:55.
The USA had little time to respond, and as soon as Rachael Burford had the opportunity to kick to touch, she did, and that was game.
The USA is currently 1-3-1 (although that victory against Fiji should really be a loss) and at a -64 point differential (46-110). The 7th place game against Brazil will occur at 8:57 a.m. ET.
USA: Jill Potter, Kelly Griffin, Deven Owsiany, Lauren Doyle, Vix Folayan, Rebekah Siebach, Megan Bonny
England: Natasha Brennan, Rachael Burford, Abigail Chamberlain, Sarah McKenna, Michaela Staniford, Kay Wilson, Amy Wilson-Hardy
Tries: Ellery, Allan
Convs: McKenna 2
Tries: Bonny, Folayan