LANGFORD, CANADA – The 2014/2015 World Rugby Organization Womens Sevens World Series continues to improve every year. The series has gotten better by leaps and bounds from last year to this year. The addition to the series of Langford has been a brilliant call as the leg proved to be a great tournament and produced some great action. In this leg, the Canada Women’s Sevens tournament, the USA didn’t finish as well as it did in the last leg but still walked away with some hardware. The Black Fern dominance continued as they have yet to lose a knockout round match this whole series.
USA Win Plate:
The @Eagles7s had a solid tournament and improved on their place in the overall standings by showing great resolve. After a day one that saw them manage to make the Cup playoffs again, they bounced back from a shock quarterfinal loss to win the plate. The USA had the fortune of starting the tournament against South Africa, who they easily trounced. Five different players scored 6 tries as they cruised to a comfortable 40-5 victory.
Following that win, the USA took on Russia and won a tough affair, 17-14. The difference maker was Eagles 7s player, Lauren Doyle, who scored a brace as the Eagles grinded out a victory. The win guaranteed a place in the Cup Playoffs for the Eagles. In order to win the group the USA would have to defeat their old foe Canada. It was not to be, as despite a playing well and holding onto a slim lead, a late try by Canada sunk the USA, final score 19-15. The lost left the USA at 2-1, but still in the cup round.
Day 2 for the Eagles saw them start on an incredible low. The USA faced a France side that was more relentless than they were prepared for. The French proved to have more drive and won the match, 17-10. The Eagles managed to rebound from that tough loss with a great performance. The USA were lead by 5 tries by Lauren Doyle and Vix Folayan as they came out on fire and totally outplayed a very good Australia side in the Plate semi-final to win, 29-10. In the Plate final, the USA faced Canada again. This time the USA closed out the match and and there was no late game collapse as the they won the Plate, final score 17-12.
Now to the winners…
The Unstoppable Black Ferns:
The New Zealand Black Ferns 7s team can be crowned champions right now. It is more a question of whether they will lose a match as they are literally unstoppable. However, there remains 10 points between 2nd and 5th. It will be a matter of pride and Rio Olympics positioning.
New Zealand secured their 4th world title crown by when they defeated a brave Russia side in the final. In the third place match England continued to improve as they defeated their old foe from across the channel France.The USA won the Plate as previously mentioned. In the bowl, Spain managed to edge out a Brazil side that continues to improve.
Final standings were
Cup: New Zealand
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