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USA Women - Photo: courtesy USA Rugby

What a weekend for USA 7s rugby! Both the Women and the Men went 3-0 to win their respective pools. The cumulative total was 9-3 for the two sides.

The Women, under new coach Richie Walker, went 5-1, winning the Plate trophy for their first award of the season. Along the way, they defeated New Zealand for the second time ever before bowing out in the Cup quarters to Australia, the eventual Atlanta tournament champions. The energized Eagles still rank seventh on the tour with 28 points, four behind Russia, and six behind France. Australia won their third event in a row, and stand alone in first place with 60-points.

The pools for this weekend’s Langford, Canada, tournament follow:

Pool A             Pool B                  Pool C

Australia         New Zealand    England

Russia              USA                     Canada

France              Fiji                        Ireland

Brazil                Spain                    Japan

Of note: the USA’s Lelya Alev Kelter was selected to the seven player Atlanta Dream team.

The Men went 4-2 in Hong Kong  After a brilliant start with a memorable defeat of Australia 22-7, the Men faltered in the Cup quarters, losing to South Africa. After shutting out Wales, they lost to England 19-0 in the Plate round. The Eagles retained their fifth place standing, and total 88 points.

The pools for this weekend’s inaugural Singapore event are:

Pool A             Pool B               Pool C                    Pool D

Fiji                   New Zealand    South Africa       Australia

England            USA                 Kenya                    Wales

Samoa              France              Scotland              Argentina

Portugal            Canada             Russia                  Japan

Japan were the winner of the Hong Kong qualifier, and will replace Portugal as a core side for the 2016/2017 season. The Cayman Islands went 0-3 in the pool, managing only five points.

Observation

The USA Men and Women must be able to win that crucial fourth game to advance into any contention for an Olympic medal. It’s laudatory to go undefeated in pool play, but the next round (the 4th) decides who will move forward and who will go home.

After next week in Singapore, two tournaments remain, Paris on May 13, 14, 15, and London, May 21,22.