Young Eagles drop Women’s Rugby Super Series match to England

CALGARY, Alberta - From the opening kickoff of the first Women's Rugby Super Series match, the Women's Eagles pressured, but could not prevent England's momentum in a 39-13 loss at Calgary Rugby Park Saturday.

"We learned a lot from the game," said Head Coach Pete Steinberg. "We struggled in the first half with the pace, but I think we finished well."

The Eagles pressured from the start, following a deep kickoff from Kimber Rozier.

After several phases, the pressure proved to pay off with Rozier slotting a penalty kick from 20 meters.

A strong performance in the set pieces could not hold the early 3-0 lead.

"I'm really pleased with both of the scrums and lineouts," said Steinberg of the forward's performance. "The forwards put in the work today and it showed."

The Roses, however, had different plans and remained calm throughout the half. Turning the pressure on the Eagles, England broke numerous tackles to run in four tries before the half-time whistle.

"We need to work on our defensive structure and the tackle," said Steinberg. "We launched well, but did not put them to the deck."

A late first-half try by Jess Wooden, converted by Rozier, gave the Eagles momentum heading into the break, down, 22-10.

Despite breaks and greater scoring opportunities in the second frame, the Eagles could not build on the first-half finish.

"The new attacking structure is still being refined a bit," Steinberg said. "We saw that we can make breaks and had some chances to score inside their [22-meter line], but could not take them."

Another Rozier penalty goal closed out the U.S.'s scoring for the match, while England put up another three tries.

Converting on two, the Roses sealed the match, 39-13.

A total of 13 Eagles received their first caps in the match.

"All the new caps showed they can play at this level," said Steinberg. "Getting 13 players capped is a huge number and they worked really hard today."

The loss puts the Eagles at 0-1 for the Super Series competition.

Next up for the U.S. is host Canada. Match time is set for 6:30 p.m. MT at Red Deer Rugby Club.

"Now it is about recovery and looking to go to work and improve for Canada," said Steinberg.

With the win, England bettered its series lead over the U.S., moving to 14-1 all time. The Roses have claimed the last 14 matches.

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Women's Eagles | v. England

1. Sarah Chobot (C)

2. Kathryn Augustyn

3. Hope Rogers

4. Stacey Bridges

5. Alycia Washington

6. Laura Miller

7. Elizabeth Cairns

8. Jordan Gray

9. Deven Owsiany

10. Kimberly Rozier

11. Cheta Emba

12. Jennifer Sever

13. Jane Paar

14. Kelsi Stockert

15. Jessica Wooden

Women's Eagles | Reserves

16. Samantha Pankey

17. Baylee Annis

18. Catherine Benson

19. Molly Kinsella

20. Sara Parsons

21. Jennifer Lui

22. Lauren Rhode

23. Nicole Heavirland

England | v. USA

1. Vicky Cornborough

2. Amy Cokayne

3. Laura Keates

4. Rowena Burnfield

5. Abbie Scott

6. Hannah Gallagher

7. Marlie Packer

8. Sarah Hunter (C)

9. Bianca Blackburn

10. Emily Scott

11. Katie Mason

12. Ceri Large

13. Amber Reed

14. Kay Wilson

15. Sarah McKenna

England | Reserves

16. Rochelle Clark

17. Lark Davies

18. Justine Lucas

19. Tamara Taylor

20. Alexandra Matthews

21. Leanne Riley

22. Emily Scarratt

23. Rachel Lund

Women's Eagles | 13

Tries: Wooden

Conversions: Rozier

Penalties: Rozier (2)

England | 39

Tries: Scott, Wilson, Burnfield, McKenna (2), Packer, Lund,

Conversions: Reed (2)

Women's Eagles | Women's Rugby Super Series

v. England - L 39-13

v. Canada - Wednesday, July 1 - 6:30 p.m. MT

v. New Zealand - Sunday, July 5 - 4 p.m. MT