It took nearly the entire match, but the USA won its Sydney 7s Cup Quarterfinal 7-5 over Russia. Next up is New Zealand in the Cup Semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2:34 p.m. PT. Depending on the outcome, the Eagles will face Australia or Ireland in the team’s final match.
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Russia went up early, sending Baizat Khamidova into the try zone two minutes in, and there the scoreline held until waning minutes. It wasn’t until the 14th minute that a rumbling run from Jordan Gray-Matyas landed with Cheta Emba, who dove over for the tying points. Nicole Heavirland stepped up for the conversion and go-ahead points, 7-5.
There was still some time to play but the Eagles held on for the win. It was the only game for the USA – and all the quarterfinalists – on Friday, an unconventional cadence after three games on day one. Day three will contain the two final games, and begin with New Zealand at 2:34 p.m. PT Saturday.