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The USA Women’s Sevens team scored their third bronze medal of the 2018/2019 series. The team finished 5-1 (again) with a disappointing loss to New Zealand (again) in the semifinal round.

Normalcy was restored to this six-venue event when the Black Ferns met Australia in the final, the 15th time in 36 occurrences for these two superior sides in the series. New Zealand triumphed 21-17 to take the gold medal. The win added 20-event points to the Black Ferns’ leading total, now at 92 points in the first five events, and guaranteeing them mathematically, one of the four Tokyo 2020 Olympic rugby berths.

The Eagles, after defeating Canada in the quarter finals (from a superb individual effort from Kelter's long try ), could not overcome the speed and the defense of the experienced New Zealand side, which saw its 37 straight wins streak upset in the prior event in Japan. The Black Ferns were ahead 19-5 against the Eagles at the break, finishing with a 26-12 win in the final. (In a rare occurrence, Kelter was red carded and the Eagles played with six.)

The Eagles bounced back 26-5 against France for third place, a side they had defeated in pool play.

The point standings to date follow:

NZ – 92

USA – 80

Canada – 78

Australia – 74

France – 60

In the last event this season in Biarritz, France, it would take a French tournament win, and the UA scoring no points for Les Bleues to tie the Eagles with 80 points. Still, no popping the Olympic champagne qualifying cork until the conclusion of that last tournament.

The Dream Team

Karen Paquin, Canada

Ruby Tui, NZ

Charlotte Caslick, Aust.

Emma Tonegato, Aust

Kristi Kirshe, USA

Kelly Brazier, NZ

Ella Green, Aust.