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Medal Winners: Canada, USA, and New Zealand

Allianz Stadium in Sydney was packed with local fans who had come to see the nation's Women's Olympic sevens champions play rival New Zealand for the gold medal. The Kiwis defeated the Wallaroos in Dubai, the first tournament on the World Rugby HSBC circuit, and Australia sought revenge.

The Aussie fans did view this two nations' match, but shock of shocks, surprise of surprises, it was for the bronze medal contest for third place and not the Cup final.

Two Cinderella squads, both from North America, achieved a double upset as Canada beat Australia in the semis, and the plucky USA Women edged New Zealand.

The Canadians won their first ever sevens Cup defeating the Eagles 21-17 to take gold, leaving the USA with a silver medal. Both teams advanced in the standings, with Canada moving to third place and the USA rising from 11th to sixth after 18 points awarded for second place.

After being behind 7-0, Canada tied the game at 7-7 and never trailed, forging ahead 14-7, 14-12, 21-12, and, finally, 21-17.

Naya Tapper had a hat trick of tries, and, deservedly, she was named Player of the Final. Both she and the Eagles other try scorer, Alev Kelter, were named to the seven player, Sydney Dream team along with two Canadians.

The Eagles finished 4-2, a splendid result, beating England, Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, and losing to Russia and Canada. The turnaround owes much praise to coach Richie Walker who found the right strategy for attack and defense.

Next up will be the USA Sevens in Las Vegas on March 3 and 4.