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The Eagle Women defeated France 36-12 to take third place in the Kitakyushu Sevens, the fourth leg of the 2019/2019 HSBC sevens series. After beating New Zealand in the quarterfinals, the USA lost to Canada 24-12. The Canadians would win the event at the death 7-5 against a rejuvenated England side.
The tournament produced a number of series milestones:
- It was the first semifinal round ever without New Zealand or Australia sides;
- France beat New Zealand for the first time;
- The Black Ferns finished 3-2-1, their worst record ever; and,
- It was Canada's first Gold medal since February 2017.
In the quarterfinal start, the USA beat the Black Ferns 26-19 after leading 12-5 at the half. Four Eagles notched tries in the contest.
The Canadians, led by star Ghislaine Landry, prevailed in the semis. Eagle Co-captain Lauren Doyle scored two tries.
In the match for the Bronze, Les Bleues went ahead 12-0 after three minutes but the USA surged ahead 17-12 at the break. The second half was all USA when they added 19 points to nil for the French. Tapper and Doyle both scored two tries.
The USA went 5-1 in the tournament.
The win for Canada - 22 points - advanced them into second place overall with 66 points, surpassing the USA, which fell to third in the standings with 64. New Zealand continue to lead with 72 points. The four leading nations at the end of the current series advance into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The next leg is in Langford, Canada, on May 18 and 19.