Black Ferns outlast Eagles in final Super Series match

EDMONTON, Alberta – Despite a close first half, the Women’s Eagles could not keep up with the pace of New Zealand, falling, 47-14, in the final match of the Women’s Rugby Super Series. The Black Ferns ran in seven tries on the day, claiming the Super Series trophy as a result.

“We showed that we can play with the best after today, but we just couldn’t do it for 80 minutes,” said Head Coach Pete Steinberg. “We had numerous opportunities inside their [22-meter line] that we did not convert and they took every opportunity.”

The Eagles went into halftime trailing, 15-14.

“We are disappointed in the second-half performance,” said Steinberg following the match. “All credit to the Black Ferns, though. They played really well today.”

The loss solidifies a 1-2 record for the U.S. in the inaugural Super Series.

“Overall, the Super Series has been a success. We are really happy with the Series as a whole,” said Steinberg.

Steinberg highlighted the “17 new caps and a group that can compete” as some of the positives from the Super Series.

“We have work to do, but if we can give the players more experiences like this we can look to [the World Cup in] Ireland in 2017 with excitement,” said Steinberg.

An early try from Victoria Subritsky-Nafatali put the Eagles under early pressure, however, the U.S. fought back immediately.

Methodically moving the ball down the field, the Eagles found themselves on the Black Ferns’ try line. Hope Rogers capped off the drive, scooting around the edge of a breakdown to score the U.S.’s first points. Kimber Rozier pushed the Eagles ahead, 7-5, by converting on the kick.

After back-and-forth possession at midfield, New Zealand was able to work around the Eagles defense with Honey Hireme regaining the lead, dotting down for a try in the corner.

With the Eagles putting pressure on the Black Ferns, New Zealand was able to capitalize on a penalty to drastically change the tables. A break from Kendra Cocksedge set up another penalty for the Black Ferns.

Taking touch instead of points, New Zealand was able to maul over the ensuing lineout to further its lead, 15-7.

Moments later, the U.S. was able to come right back into the match. Turning over New Zealand within its own half, the Women’s Eagles quickly moved the ball to Kelsi Stockert, who outran Black Fern defenders for the try. Rozier made it a one-point match after converting on the try.

Halftime followed shortly after with the score set at 15-14.

Knocking on the kickoff, the Black Ferns handed the Eagles an opportunity at goal with a penalty on the next possession. However, Rozier, missing to the left, could not convert the opportunity.

Relieving pressure through kicks, New Zealand found itself deep in Eagles territory. Hireme dotted down for her second try of the match after running around U.S. defenders. The try pushed New Zealand’s lead to 20-14.

Again, the U.S. was able to put pressure on New Zealand, but could not maintain possession. Through kicks, the Black Ferns stormed down the field. A penalty in front of the posts gave New Zealand an opportunity to extend its lead. Cocksedge converted on the five-meter kick to make the score 23-14 in favor of New Zealand.

Renee Wickliffe finished off the next series for New Zealand, capitalizing on an overlap to score the try in the corner. Cocksedge converted from the sideline to make the score 30-14.

A cross kick into the hands of Stacey Waaka set up the next Black Ferns try.

New Zealand continued to wear down the Eagles as the match moved along. Janna Vaughan split the U.S.’s defense for a 22-meter break and subsequent try. Emma Jensen converted the try for a 42-14 score line.

Trying to push the pace and get back into the match, the Eagles could not maintain possession despite gaining territory. Taking advantage of a turnover, Hireme scored her third try of the match following an 80-meter run.

The unconverted try proved to be the final score of the match, ending at 47-14 in favor of New Zealand.

For the Eagles, the next competition and player development opportunity will be a domestic series at the National All-Star Competition (NASC) event. .

Go to for more on the Eagles as they prepare for Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017.

Women's Eagles | v. New Zealand

1. Sarah Chobot(C) (Benson @ 65')

2. Samantha Pankey (Augustyn @ 61')

3. Hope Rogers (Faaee @ 71')

4. Stacey Bridges

5. Molly Kinsella (Washington @ 65')

6. Joanna Kitlinski (Miller @ 71')

7. Elizabeth Cairns

8. Jordan Gray

9. Deven Owsiany (Lui @ 72')

10. Kimberly Rozier

11. Nicole Heavirland (Dalal @ 69')

12. Amy Naber (Rhode @ 61')

13. Jane Paar

14. Kelsi Stockert

15. Jessica Wooden

Women's Eagles | Reserves

16. Kathryn Augustyn

17. Catherin Benson

18. Tiffany Faaee

19. Alycia Washington

20. Laura Miller

21. Jennifer Lui

22. Lauren Rhode

23. Bianca Dalal

New Zealand | v. USA

1. Toka Natua (Ngata-Aerengamate @ 62')

2. Fiao'o Fa'amausili (C) (Te Tamaki @ 75')

3. Aleisha Nelson (Ketu @ 72')

4. Eloise Blackwell

5. Charmaine Smith

6. Charlene Halapua (Sisifi @ 56')

7. Justine Lavea (Natua @ 72')

8. Linda Itunu

9. Kendra Cocksedge (Jense @ 65')

10. Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali

11. Renee Wickliffe (Vaughn @ 65')

12. Chelsea Alley (Demany @ 69')

13. Stacey Waaka

14. Honey Hireme

15. Selica Winiata

New Zealand | Reserves

16. Teresa Te Tamaki

17. Aldora Itunu

18. Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate

19. Angie Sisifa

20. Lesley Ketu

21. Emma Jensen

22. Kiritapu Demany

23. Janna Vaughan (Keri Hayden)

Women's Eagles |

Tries: Rogers, Stockert

Conversions: Rozier (2)

New Zealand |

Tries: Subritzky-Nafatali, Hireme (3), Smith, Wickliffe, Waaka, Vaughan

Conversions: Cocksedge

Penalties: Cocksedge

Women's Eagles | Women's Rugby Super Series

v. England - L 39-13

v. Canada - W 36-28

v. New Zealand - L 47-14