Nicole Heavirland ran in two tries as USA
defeated Australia 26-7 in the Cup Final in Glendale to triumph on
home soil for the first time on the HSBC World Rugby Womenís
Alev Kelterís early try was quickly
responded to by Ellia Green, cutting back inside from the left.
Ilona Maher, named HSBC Player of the Final, gave USA back their
lead before the break, before Heavirlandís double ensured the Cup
would stay in the States.
The USA, who had been defeated by
France on day one, become the third team, after Australia and New
Zealand, to win consecutive titles on the series, having won in
Biarritz in the final event of the 2019 series. They were defeated
by New Zealand in the Glendale final last year but made amends
"It feels incredible," said Team USA captain, Abby Gustaitis.
"The home crowd, thanks to them. Numbers one to 12, all the girls
back home, we wouldnít have won without them. A shout out to all
the staff as well for pushing us and believing in us. Itís been a
huge 12 months for our programme, a few staff changes and bringing
in girls. We continued to build on that performance from Glendale
and we donít want to be in that situation again."
New Zealand ended up with the bronze medal,
beating France 31-14.
The next tournament on the
HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is Dubai on 5-7 December, 2019
which is a combined men's and women's event.
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