ATLANTA, Ga. – Australia had three individual try-scorers in its 17-0 win against the Women’s Eagles Sevens in the teams’ second Pool A match at Atlanta 7s Saturday.
The Eagles kept the Qantas Women’s Sevens team off of the scoreboard for five minutes before Alicia Quirk broke through the home defense at the 22 and fed Saofaiga Saemo for a try in the corner and a 5-0 lead.
Less than a minute later, a quick throw gave Emilee Cherry the chance to double the lead with a try just next to the uprights. Sharni Williams converted for a 12-0 Australia lead.
Three successive halves in which the Eagles had not scored seemed worrying at the half, though bigger score lines than 12-0 have been overturned.
It was not to be for the Eagles, however, as Charlotte Caslick extended the Australians’ lead to 17-0 in the eighth minute. Christy Ringgenberg had the Eagles’ best chance of the match in the final minute with a lengthy run down the touch line, but the Rugby World Cup Sevens bronze-medallist was caught before she could find the Eagles’ first try.
The Eagles will finish pool play against China at 7:12 P.M. ET, while Canada and Australia will battle for the top seed in Pool A. With a win against China, the Eagles will finish third in the pool. Watch Atlanta 7s live on Universal Sports and follow match updates with @USARugby on Twitter.
Women's Eagles Sevens | v Australia
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. Irene Gardner
10. Dana Meschisi
11. Megan Bonny
12. Jessica Javelet