McCoy’s Eagles earn two Series points from Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The Women's Eagles Sevens won their first HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series match under Jules McCoy Friday, a 31-24 defeat of Ireland in the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 11th-Place Match.

The Eagles had previously fallen to Ireland in pool play at 7he Sevens Stadium in the first match of the tournament Thursday morning, and gain two points in the Series standings for their day two efforts. The Series will resume in Brazil Feb. 20-21, 2016.

Louise Galvin gave the Eagles flashbacks of Thursday's loss with a first-minute try from a turnover in the U.S.'s half. Kristen Thomas, who scored twice in the Bowl Semifinal defeat to Japan, broke a tackle and fended two others before crossing midfield to level the terms minutes later, and Richelle Stephens converted the try for a 7-5 U.S. lead.

Thomas doubled her tally in the match in the sixth minute following a chasing tackle by Jessica Javelet outside her side's try line. Megan Bonny took two defenders out of the play and passed to Thomas for a 70-meter run to the try zone and 14-5 lead. Javelet scored a quick try of her own with blistering pace down the wing to push the score to 21-5.

Bonny was shown a yellow card prior to the halftime whistle, and Ireland capitalized via Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe for a 21-12 score line at the break. Alison Miller forced the issue with the player advantage with a try in the eighth minute to cut the Eagles' lead to 21-19.

The Eagles killed off the rest of Bonny's time in the bin without much fanfare, and traded several penalties with Ireland outside the opponent's try line. With two minutes remaining and a two-point lead, Alev Kelter kicked a penalty goal from in front of the posts to extend the lead to an unconverted try at 24-19.

Thomas completed her hat trick in the 13th minute by corralling a loose ball at midfield and splitting two defenders, and, despite Kathryn Johnson's try attempt being held up, a yellow card shown to Nia Williams, and a late Ireland try, the Eagles saw out the 31-24 victory.

McCoy's squad will regroup at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., before returning to the Series at the home of the Rio 2016 Olympic Summer Games for Brazil Women's Sevens in February.

Women's Eagles Sevens | v Ireland

1. Kathryn Johnson

2. Kristen Thomas

3. Jillion Potter (C)

4. Alev Kelter

5. Jane Paar

6. Nia Williams

7. Lauren Doyle

8. Kate Zackary

9. Kelly Griffin

10. Megan Bonny

11. Richelle Stephens

12. Jessica Javelet

Ireland | v USA

1. Audrey O'Flynn

2. Mariana Fanene

3. Stacey Flood

4. Megan Williams

5. Amee Leigh Murphy Crowe

6. Ashleigh Baxter

7. Katie Fitzhenry

8. Claire Keohane

9. Lucy Mulhall (C)

10. Eimear Considine

11. Louise Galvin

12. Alison Miller

Women's Eagles Sevens | 31

Tries: Thomas (3), Javelet,

Conversions: Stephens (2), Griffin

Penalties: Kelter

Discipline: Bonny (Yellow), Williams (Yellow)

Ireland | 24

Tries: Galvin, Murphy Crowe, Miller, Mulhall

Conversions: Mulhall (2)

Women's Eagles Sevens | Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens

v. Ireland - L 12-5

v. Fiji - L 24-19

v. Canada - L 35-5

Bowl SF v. Japan - L 15-14

11th v. Ireland - W 31-24