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Kelly Griffin all smiles in London. Ian Muir photo

It’s all to play for in the final Women’s 7s Series stop in Amsterdam next week, as the Eagles finished fourth in London Saturday – good enough to see them tie France for fourth in the Series standings. If they can finish higher than France and keep ahead of England, which sits just two points behind, in Holland, they will qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The weekend was bittersweet on a few levels. The sweet – the Eagles caught France, winning a heads-up battle in the Cup Quarterfinals, and their only losses were by three and five points, respectively. That five-point loss was in the Cup Consolation to New Zealand, a team that had smashed the Eagles 57-0 and 50-12 just two tournaments ago.

The bitter – another loss to rival Canada, and after advancing one round further than France and England, failing to capitalize on the opportunity to create some separation.

After some sputtering to start the season and a little controversy with a former captain and the most electric player on the team leaving the program mid-year, the Eagles have rebounded to have a shot at accomplishing what they set out to do all along – finish in the top four and qualify for the Olympics.

Canada appears to be on form and have a comfortable enough cushion to feel secure going into Amsterdam, which is good for the American women. If Canada clinches an Olympic berth next week, the USA will be massive favorites at the NACRA qualifier June 13-14 in Cary, N.C.

Day two box scores:
USA 19-24 New Zealand
Tries: Baravilala, Folayan, Kelter
Cons: Baravilala, Kelter

USA 14-17 Canada
Tries: Folayan (2)
Cons: Baravilala (2)

USA 19-12 France
Tries: Baravilala, Folayan, Thomas
Cons Baravilala (2)