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Whitefish's Nicole Heavirland, Team USA fall in quarterfinals to Great Britain at Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo Olympics Rugby
Posted at 10:19 AM, Jul 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-30 12:19:27-04

The Team USA women's sevens rugby team was dealt its first loss of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday morning with a 21-12 loss to Great Britain in the quarterfinal round of the tournament.

Team USA, which features Whitefish native Nicole Heavirland on its roster, trailed 14-0 at halftime and eventually 21-0 before attempting to mount a comeback. Heavirland scored two points in the match as she went 1 for 2 on conversion attempts.

Heavirland and Team USA entered the match 3-0 at the Tokyo Olympics after winning their pool late Thursday evening. Team USA has wins over China, Japan and Australia before the quarterfinal loss. Heavirland, who has had a strong contingent of local fans supporting her back home, has scored 12 points through four games since the tournament began.

Team USA will again face China in a 5th through 8th placing match on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time.