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U.S. National Women’s Sevens Team Wins Plate in Hong Kong

HONG KONG – The U.S. National Women’s Sevens Team went 4-1 during its two days of competition at the 10th Cable & Wireless Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens Tournament, winning the plate final against China, 22-5.

“Overall, our team showed more poise, discipline and focus then ever before,” U.S. Sevens Head Coach Julie McCoy. “It is our goal to continue developing our game of sevens in the ‘American Style’.”

The U.S. Women outscored their opponents 94-29 after everything was said and done, with the only loss coming at the hands of the Australian Women, who ended up playing New Zealand for the Cup Championship later that evening.

“Our players put too much pressure on themselves, and could not seem to find their joy,” McCoy explained. “We allowed two quick tries, and then had a penalty on their 5 meter line that we couldn’t convert before the half. After the half, the wind was gone from our sails, and although we continued to attack their lines, we just couldn’t get across the try line before the whistle blew.”

The U.S. lost that match 19-0, but came back strong against the Chinese women, winning the plate final and finishing third overall for the tournament.

“In the plate final,” McCoy added, “the players’ reward was that they were finally able to express themselves. They played great team offense and defense. Beating China was an obvious accomplishment as the Chinese Women had beaten Canada.”

The U.S. won its three first-day matches, which took place on Thursday, March 29, shutting out its pool play competition, 22-0 (Papua New Guinea) and 38-0 (Thailand). The quarterfinals were a bit closer, however, as the U.S. was held to 12 points against Kazakhstan, which only put in five.

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10th Cable & Wireless Hong Kong Women’s Rugby Sevens Tournament
Final Scores
Plate Final
USA 22, China 5

Cup Semifinal
Australia 19, USA 0

Cup Quarterfinal
USA 12, Kazakhstan 5

Pool Play
USA 22, Papua New Guinea 0
USA 38, Thailand 0

And be sure to check out the USA 7s Hong Kong Diaries here.

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