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The United States women ended their Dubai run with a 3-3 record and in seventh place. After going 2-1 in pool play, the Eagles went 1-2 on day two. They fell to rival Canada, 36-0, in the Cup Quarterfinals. The Eagles never got any sort of rhythm going offensively, and Canada dominated possession and attack.

The Canadians got on the board first through Jen Kish. They reversed field a couple of times after the opening kickoff, and Kish was able to beat Alev Kelter on the corner and outrace Jessica Javalet to pay dirt. Ghilsaine Landry dotted down the second one for Canada after Kelter was called for not releasing the ball in a tackle, turning over possession. This time the conversion was missed, making it 12-0.

Landry took a switch from the wing untouched for the third score of the game. Javalet and Doyle failed to see the move coming ahead of time and make the proper adjustment. Conversion sunk, the Americans trailed 19-0.

Canada snuck in once more before the halftime whistle, taking a 24-0 lead into intermission. On the kickoff directly following Landry’s score, the Eagles failed to recycle the ball when Kathryn Johnson was tackled, and they were turned over once more in their own end on a lineout, leading to the crippling fourth Canadian try.

The ball retention woes continued in the second half, as did Canada’s rout. Finally putting together an attacking possession, the Eagles were turned over at the ruck following Kelter being tackled, and Canada took it the distance one phase later, bringing the tally to 31-0. The Maple Leafs would tack on one more at the death.

Up next in the Plate semifinal was Fiji, who emerged with a 24-21 defeat of the Americans. Asinate Ufia Savu and Rusila Nagasu dotted down to put Fiji up 14-0, and Esiteri Rauca Bulikiobo made it 19-0 with a third try. 

The Eagles wouldn't be shut out in the opening half, as Kelly Griffin toed through a penalty quickly for a try. Ameila Villines converted, and the USA was down 19-7 going into the half.

Jessica Javalet sped to a long-range try on the other side of the break, converted by Villines, to make it a game, but Fiji's Savu re-extended the lead with seven points of her own, and Fiji led 24-14. Hannah Lopez pulled the USA within a score with a late try, but nothing came of it. 

The seventh/eighth-place game was close, too, but this time the USA wound up on the right side, beating Russia, 22-20. It was the second win over Russia on the weekend. 

The Eagles trailed for most of the contest, falling behind 10-0. Lopez scored before halftime, but Russia scored on the other side of the break to reestablish the 10-point lead. Successive tries by Alev Kelter, Joanne Fa'avesi and Javalet in the final 10 minutes lifted the USA to victory.

USA 22-20 Russia
Tries: Javalet, Kelter, Lopez, Fa'avesi
Cons: Kelter

USA 21-24 Fiji
Tries: Griffin, Javalet, Lopez
Cons: Lopex, Villines

USA 0-36 Canada