Eagles defeat Brazil for first Amsterdam Sevens win

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – In a first-time IRB Women’s Sevens World Series matchup, the Women’s Eagles Sevens shut out Brazil 24-0 to open pool play at Amsterdam Sevens with a win.

It did not take long for the Eagles to open the scoring, as Christy Ringgenberg kicked a long ball downfield for speedy Victoria Folayan to chase. She slid onto the ball to gain possession and fought off a defender to offload a pass to a hustling Ringgenberg for the try. Kimber Rozier’s touch line conversion missed, but the Eagles had the important early lead.

On the restart, Brazil’s captain sustained a knee to the head and had to be substituted. She committed a knock-on before going down, and the Eagles gained the ensuing scrum. Folayan was pushed into touch and Brazil kicked into touch to bring on their sub.

Deep into their own half, Brazil knocked the ball on and Folayan again found the ball in space. She burst past three defenders for an easy try between the sticks. Rozier’s conversion from in front was good and the Eagles led 12-0.

With no time on the clock, another Brazil injury forced a long delay. From a scrum, Jillion Potter’s hard work to gain a few meters drew defenders and set Ringgenberg up to get the try in the corner--the Eagles’ third of the match. The score was 17-0 at the half.

Late in the second half, Head Coach Ric Suggitt added some fresh legs in Katie Dowty, Nathalie Marchino and Sadie Anderson, and was immediately rewarded. Marchino brought the ball wide and handed off to Dowty, who returned the favor for Marchino’s first try of the tournament in the corner. Anderson nailed the conversion from a nearly impossible angle to extend the Eagles’ lead to 24-0.

Brazil’s only positive play of the match occurred with no time remaining on the clock, but their knock after the final horn signaled the Eagles victory.

The Eagles’ next opponent is Spain – who fell to Australia 31-7 in the tournament’s opening match – at 7:06 A.M. ET. Watch Amsterdam Sevens on the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series website and follow updates on Twitter with @USAWomens7s.

Women's Eagles Sevens | vs. Brazil
Jillion Potter
Kelly Griffin
Vanesha McGee
Deven Owsiany
Sadie Anderson
Bui Baravilala
Victoria Folayan
Kimber Rozier
Emilie Bydwell
Katie Dowty
Christy Ringgenberg
Nathalie Marchino

Women's Eagles Sevens | vs. Brazil
Tries: Folayan, Ringgenberg (2), Marchino
Conversions: Rozier, Anderson

Women’s Eagles Sevens | Amsterdam Sevens
vs. Spain - 7:06 A.M. ET Friday, May 17