Black Ferns shut out Eagles

SAO PAULO, Brazil – The Women’s Eagles Sevens showed an improved performance from their 31-0 loss to New Zealand at the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series event in Dubai, but were still shutout by the Black Ferns 17-0 Friday at São Paulo Sevens.

After falling to England 19-5 in their first match of Pool A, the Eagles opened their match against New Zealand with a physically-impressive effort on defense. Both teams counterpunched with crushing hits, but New Zealand eventually softened the Eagle defense.

Already deep in their zone with just over a minute to play in the first half, Carla Hohepa awaited a pass on the edge and the Eagles were outnumbered allowing Hohepa to score the first points of the match.

A streaking Jessica Javelet looked like she had an opportunity to get the Eagles on the board before the first half closed, but she was caught by the back of her jersey and swung out of bounds. The near-try would have given the Eagles a much needed momentum boost going into the second half, but instead USA trailed 5-0.

The Eagles' defense wasn’t quite as stout in the second half and a quick ball phase by New Zealand following a USA infraction led to Hohepa’s second try and a 10-0 Black Ferns lead. Unable to produce much of an offensive attack, the Eagles would be gashed by a long line break leading to one final try for New Zealand. The conversion capped a 17-0 Black Ferns victory.

The Eagles will wrap up pool play against Ireland. A win will give USA a third-place finish in their pool. The Irish dropped matches to New Zealand 36-0 and to England 29-7. Kickoff for the Eagles' final Pool A match will be 5:58 P.M. ET. Follow match updates on Twitter with @USARugby and watch the Eagles live on the Women’s Sevens World Series website.

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

Women's Eagles Sevens | 0
Tries: None
Conversions: None