Black Ferns keep Women’s Eagles Sevens scoreless in 31-0 loss

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The Women’s Eagles Sevens were shut out 31-0 by 2013 Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens champion New Zealand in the final match of pool play at Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens Thursday, but still advance to the Cup competition on Day Two.

For the second consecutive match, Eagles Head Coach Ric Suggitt made one change in the lineup, this time Dana Meschisi for Victoria Folayan.

Selica Winiata scored nine points in the opening frame with a try and two conversions. Kayla McAlister scored New Zealand’s second try in the first half for a 14-0 halftime lead.

Shakira Baker came on as a substitute in the eighth minute and immediately scored a try before adding another in the 10th minute. Alexis Tapsell rounded out the scoring for the Black Ferns with a try in the 14th minute.

Though the Eagles could not get anything going offensively, they showed their conditioning by keeping up with the Series champion. Jillion Potter played all 42 minutes of pool play to help the Eagles make it through to the Cup Quarterfinals.

Thanks to Fiji’s defeat of Ireland, the Eagles finish second in the pool with six points. Their point differential sits at -26, however, mainly due to the New Zealand loss.

The Eagles have drawn Russia in the Cup Quarterfinal. The Bears surprised fans with a 12-0 win against England to finish pool play in the top position. Kickoff is at 3:24 A.M. ET.

Watch the Eagles live on the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series website and follow along on Twitter with @USARugby.

Women's Eagles Sevens | v New Zealand
1. Jillion Potter
2. Kelly Griffin
3. Kathryn Johnson
4. Deven Owsiany
5. Lauren Doyle
6. Liz Sowers
7. Victoria Folayan
8. Lorrie Clifford
9. Dana Meschisi
10. Rebekah Siebach
11. Amelia Villines
12. Megan Bonny