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The second day of the Women’s Elite bracket of the Las Vegas Invitation saw one last pool play match for the teams and then the quarter finals.
There were no big surprises in the morning matches. The USA Falcons, Scion Sirens, Atavus, and Maple Leafs all moved through with 3-0 records. Tribe, WR Ravens, Team Quebec, and Arukas Queen were the second group of four with 2-1 records.
The first quarter final was Falcons v Tribe. Tribe at the start, and throughout the match, created a lot of traffic in the middle of the field and soon broke through and across for the first try of the match. The Falcons responded right away, building from the restart with poise and confidence. Throughout the match, Cheta Emba stretched the Tribe defense. The Falcons scored shortly before halftime to lead 12-7 at the break. Early in the second half, they struck again to extend the lead to 17-7. However, the end of the match was all Tribe. A nice move from a scrum led to the try that brought Tribe within distance, and they scored again on the final play to win 19-17.
After the match, Falcons coach Emilie Bydwell was positive. Speaking about the progress the Falcons made from game to game, “They played so well. I’m so happy for them. The girls did everything we asked them to. It just didn’t go our way the last minute and a half.”
The second quarter final was Scion v Ravens. For Jillion Potter and her Scion teammates, it was another good day for rugby. Scion was able to be both physical and use the full width of the field. Kiki Morgan was another Scion player with a big influence on the match. Magali Harvey was busy and did lots of good work for the Ravens, but was largely contained in attack. Early in the second half, the Ravens had their best passage of play to score their only try, but Scion immediately responded. The final score was 29-7.
Up next was Atavus v Team Quebec. Atavus scored early, but the rest of the first half was spent largely in the middle of the field. Penalties helped keep Atavus out of the try zone. Quebec looked better in the second half, but were hurt by missed conversions. Late in the match, they had a chance to tie the match with a conversion from in front, but it was missed. The final score was 12-10 and Atavus advances to the semi-finals.
The last quarter final was Maple Leafs v Arukas. The first several minutes were controlled well by Arukas, but once the Maple Leafs started rolling, they had too much fire power. Pam Buisa was one of the stand outs for the Canadian side. “The first four minutes showed a lot of resilience,” said coach Sandro Fiorino. The final score was 38-0.
The semi-finals are on Sunday. Scion will face Tribe, and Atavus will play Maple Leafs.