A last-gasp try from France Select quashed GB Select Women Sevens’ hopes of landing the Las Vegas Elite Women’s Invitational on March 6.
Team GB rattled through the heats to land a place in the final at Sam Boyd Stadium, but went down 7-12 to a tough French side.
GB were first on the board with an impressive try from Kay Wilson, running the length of the pitch down the wing, which was then converted by Emily Scott.
However, France came back to respond and bring the scores level in the second half before touching down in the dying seconds to secure the win.
The squad, comprised of nine England, two Wales and a Scotland player, had earlier come back from 0-12 to secure a 17-12 victory over the Maple Leafs and progress to the final.
“’I am really pleased with the performance of the squad this week,” said Head Coach Simon Middleton.
“It’s been a high-quality invitational tournament. The squad have put in some strong performances and grown throughout the competition. It’s always disappointing to lose but our goal was to make the finals on Sunday in the stadium and that’s what we did.
“The character of the group was highlighted in the semi-final coming back from 0-12 down at half time to win with the last play. We pulled up just a bit short in the final against a very strong French outfit but there’s no shame in that.
“We are all looking forward to regrouping and going again in Vancouver next week when I’m hoping to see the group continue to grow as a unit.”
The squad will now fly to Vancouver where many of the same sides reconvene to contest the Vancouver Invitational tournament on Thursday and Friday.
GB Select have drawn USA Falcons, France Sevens, and Maple Leads Red in the opening pools. Middleton has made one change to the squad in Vancouver, replacing Heather Fisher for Amy Wilson Hardy.
For the full Las Vegas tournament results, click here.
GB squad for Las Vegas
Abbie Brown, Rachael Burford (captain), Heather Fisher, Laurie Harries, Stephanie Johnston, Jasmine Joyce, Alex Matthews, Fran Matthews, Katy Mclean, Emily Scott, Danielle Waterman, Kay Wilson
GB squad for Vancouver
Abbie Brown, Rachael Burford (captain), Laurie Harries, Stephanie Johnston, Jasmine Joyce, Alex Matthews, Fran Matthews, Katy Mclean, Emily Scott, Danielle Waterman, Kay Wilson, Amy Wilson Hardy.