ONTARIO, Canada – The USA Women’s National rugby team has been named to exact revenge for a 23-26 upset at the hands of the South Africans earlier this week in the Women’s Nations Cup. The USA will play South Africa in a battle for 3rd place at 2 p.m. ET on the campus of Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario and will be broadcast live on UStream.
The Women’s Eagles have played much better than their record in the Women’s Nations Cup might imply. The USA nearly beat England and South Africa, but last gasp tries in those matches by the opposition saw the lead slip away in the waning seconds.
Coach Pete Steinberg noted that though the losses were tough to swallow, but giving younger players experience at the highest international level is key to development in the long term.
“We wanted to see every player in an international match, and playing South Africa twice will give us a chance to see some of the younger players. We started 10 players that were capped for the first time on Tuesday and our performance was actually pretty good,” said Steinberg.
Closing out a win will be a priority for the Women’s Eagles in their final Women’s Nations Cup match and minimizing turnovers is a key area for the USA.
“We were hurt on turnovers and our kicking game and South Africa took their opportunities. It is frustrating to have played well in two games but to lose on the last play twice. However we are excited to have another opportunity to play again on Saturday and we are looking to play our best match of the tournament,” Steinberg said.
Steinberg has named a very experienced side to take the field against South Africa.
Captain Jamie Burke will lead from the front as she starts at tighthead prop. Lisa Butts and Farrah Douglas will complete the starting front row. Stacey Bridges and Laura Miller will provide power from the second row.
Shaina Turley moves from lock to the blindside flanker position after showing her ability in the open field in the last South Africa encounter. Lynelle Kugler and Kate Daley will play blindside and number eight, respectively.
The experienced Keystone scrumhalf Kim Magrini gets a start and Sadie Anderson remains at flyhalf. Samantha Pankey finds a place at inside center after playing fullback previously in the tournament. Amy Daniels is her partner at outside center.
The back three consists of Katie Dowty at left wing, Vanesha McGee at right wing and Pam Kosanke holding it down at fullback.
The match will be webcast live on UStream and live updates will be provided by USA Rugby on Twitter (@usaeaglesrugby).
USA Women’s Eagles
15 Pam Kosanke (Chicago North Shore)
14 Vanesha McGee (New York Rugby Club)
13 Amy Daniels (Beantown)
12 Samantha Pankey (James River)
11 Katie Dowty (Beantown)
10 Sadie Anderson (Penn State)
9 Kim Magrini (Keystone)
1 Farrah Douglas (DC Furies)
2 Lisa Butts (Nor Cal Triple Threat)
3 Jamie Burke, captain (Beantown)
4 Stacey Bridges (At Large)
5 Laura Miller (DC Furies)
6 Shaina Turley (San Diego Surfers)
7 Lynelle Kugler (Twin City Amazons)
8 Kate Daley (Chicago North Shore)
16 Devin Keller (Keystone)
17 Sarah Chobot (Minnesota Valkyries)
18 Lauren Daly (At Large)
19 Kittery Wagner (Beantown)
20 Carrie White (Seattle Rugby)
21 Rebecca Brafman (New York Rugby Club)
22 Kaelene Lundstrum (Twin City Amazons)