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The USA Women' defeated Japan and then Ireland to secure a ninth place finish in the Kitakyushu Sevens. The win was for the Challenge Trophy.
The victory produced four event points, and the poor showing drops the Eagles from fifth to seventh place in the HSBC World Rugby Women's 2017/2018 standings.
Against Japan, whom the USA had beat in the third match in pool play, the Eagles led 10-7 at halftime and added 24 second half points with a bevy of tries coming from six different players to win 34-14. In their fifth game of the tournament, the Eagles beat Ireland 24-19 on tries from Kelter, Heavirland (2) and Tapper.
In the five games, the Eagles gave up 19-tries, including six against France in the opening match, and five versus New Zealand in the second contest.
The undefeated Black Ferns beat Les Bleues for the Kitakyushu title (second year in a row) while Australia defeated Spain for the Bronze. A Spanish victory in pool play against the Aussies (first time since 2013 in Amsterdam) paired the Australians with archrival New Zealand in the semifinals as Spain won the pool.
Canada beat Japan for eleventh place worth but two points, as they, also, dropped in the standings after a disappointing outcome. With star sevens player Ghislaine Landry out due to an injury, the Canadians lacked any spark as seen in previous events.
The Women will play the fourth tournament in Langford, Canada, on May 12 and 13. The Eagles must try to regain their prowess evidenced in the second place silver medal from the initial Dubai tournament.