Eagles in Plate Final with win against France

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – The Women’s Eagles Sevens held on for a 10-7 win against France in the Plate Semifinals Saturday to advance to the Amsterdam Sevens Plate Final against Spain.

Victoria Folayan opened the scoring in the third minute with a speedy run past two defenders from around midfield into the try zone. Kimber Rozier missed the conversion and the score stood at 5-0.

In the last minute of the first half, the Eagles’ sustained pressure on the attack resulted in a second try. Christy Ringgenberg accepted a quick pass from Folayan and sent Vanesha McGee out wide with a pass, where she found the try zone to extend the lead to 10-0.

Early in the second half, France was awarded a lineout. Quick passing and efficient rucking by the French allowed Jade Le Pesq easy entry into the Eagles’ try zone to cut the lead to 10-7.

The Eagles kept France from getting close to their defensive third, and successful ball retention ran down the clock until the final whistle blew to signal another victory in Amsterdam.

Spain defeated Australia in the other Plate Semifinal and will face the Eagles in the Plate Final at 10:50 A.M. ET. Spain lost to the Eagles in pool play 17-5 on Friday.

Watch the match live at wsws.irb.com and follow live updates from the Women’s Eagles Sevens Twitter @USAWomens7s as the Eagles look to finish the inaugural IRB Women’s Sevens World Series with a trophy presentation.

Women's Eagles Sevens | vs. France
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. France
Tries: Folayan, McGee

Women's Eagles Sevens | Amsterdam Sevens
vs. Spain - 10:50 A.M. ET Saturday, May 18