Eagles World Cup hopes ended by New Zealand

MOSCOW, Russia - New Zealand ended the Eagles hopes of winning the 2013 Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament earlier today, with a 19-10 scoreline in the Cup Semifinal.

The Eagles still have a chance to finish on a high, and will face Spain in the third place bronze match at 11:30 AM E.T. inside Luzhniki Stadium. Canada defeated Spain 10-0 and will take on New Zealand in the Cup final.

The Eagles clash with New Zealand started off superbly for the All Blacks as they gathered the restart and with great supporting lines sent Honey Hireme over the line within the opening seconds of the match. The conversion attempt wasn’t successful. 

New Zealand used their dangerous runners to break free down the touchline, but a brilliant cover tackle from Victoria Folayan stopped the attack.

The following minutes saw the Eagles put some nice phases together to get out of their own half, however New Zealand’s Portia Woodman sliced through the line after a lineout and used an amazing step to beat sweeper Folayan for New Zealand’s second try.

Kelly Brazier added the conversion with the All Blacks leading 12-0.

The Eagles responded directly off the restart, with captain Vanesha McGee taking the high ball. A New Zealand knock-on stopped play and off the scrum the Eagles used their forwards to build a patient attack.

Veteran Ringgenberg produced a magic moment as she stepped past her opposite number, freeing up McGee on the outside. The Eagles captain sprinted 30-meters for a sensational score, putting the Eagles on the board with 5 points.

The halftime siren sent the teams into the break with New Zealand in front, 12-5.

The second half started much like the first, as the All Blacks took possession and found a hole in the Eagles defense. Speed merchant Woodman added her second try of the match, streching New Zealand’s lead to 19-5 after 43 seconds. 

Emilie Bydwell and Nathalie Marchino entered the match for the Eagles to create an impact. Bydwell claimed the restart superbly, and the Eagles received a penalty, taking play inside the opposition’s 22-meter. Unfortunately a knock-on stopped the Eagles progress.

With a few minutes left on the clock, Kathryn "KJ" Johnson, Irene Gardner and Ryan Carlyle came on for the Eagles. 

The defense for the Eagles held strong, and Johnson created a turn-over for her country. From this the Eagles used Bydwell as a battering ram, with Gardner and Carlyle all involved in the next few phases of attack, keeping the ball alive inside the All Black 22-meter.

The Eagles never stopped playing with heart, and scored a classic try in the corner with Carlyle diving over from a half break by Ringgenberg. 

The siren sounded directly following that, and New Zealand held on for a 19-10 victory.

The Eagles will play Spain in the third place match at 11:30 AM E.T. in Luzhniki Stadium.

Watch the Eagles matches versus Brazil, Fiji and Ireland on USA Rugby’s YouTube Channel.  

Meanwhile all games at the Luzhniki Stadium will be shown onwww.rwcsevens.com as well as broadcast onUniversal Sports. Coverage on Universal Sports will begin on June 30 at 1:30 AM E.T. 

Follow live updates on Twitter from the official USA Rugby account (@USARugby) and read game recaps onwww.usarugby.org/rwc2013 andwww.rwcsevens.com. Join the conversation using #RWC7s.

Women’s Eagles Sevens | Rugby World Cup 2013 | vs. New Zealand=
1. Jillion Potter
2. Kelly Griffin
3. Vanesha McGee
4. Deven Owsiany
5. Kimber Rozier
6. Christy Ringgenberg
7. Victoria Folayan
8. Kathryn "KJ" Johnson (s)
9. Irene Gardner (s)
10. Emilie Bydwell (s)
11. Nathalie Marchino (s)
12. Ryan Carlyle (s)

Women’s Eagles Sevens | Rugby World Cup 2013 | vs. New Zealand
Tries: McGee, Carlyle 

Women’s Eagles Sevens | Schedule
USA vs. Spain - Third Place Match - 11.30AM E.T. (Luzhniki Stadium)

Women’s Eagles Sevens | Results
USA 10 New Zealand 19 (Cup Semifinals)
USA 14 Ireland 5 (Cup Quarterfinals)
USA 12 Brazil 7 (Pool Stages - June 29)
USA 31 Fiji 5 (Pool Stages - June 29)
USA  19 Spain 7 (Pool Stages - June 29)

Women’s Eagles Sevens | Staff
Ric Suggitt (Head Coach)
JoAnne Kos (Assistant Coach/Team Manager)
Nicole Titmas (Athletic Trainer)
Dr. Lisa Bartoli (Team Doctor)