SAO PAULO, Brazil – The Women’s Eagles Sevens failed to get off to the quick start they were hoping for after falling to England 19-5 in their first match in Pool A of the third round of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series – Sao Paulo Sevens.
The Eagles had difficulty maintaining possession, and England was able to capitalize on the errors made by the USA.
Heather Fisher scored the first points of the match when an England line break disoriented the Eagles' defense. England was able to spread the ball wide to Fisher who was uncovered and trotted in for the converted try.
Jessica Javelet continued her success from the previous World Series stop in Atlanta. Javelet not only made a few important tackles, but also showed off her speed when she scored for the Eagles before halftime. A meter of space was all Javelet needed as she raced to a try making the score 7-5 at the break.
The second half saw the Eagles produce minimal offensive phases, and they could not get the ball into England’s half. A combination of nifty running and poor defense allowed Danielle Waterman and Abigail Chamberlain to find the try zone for England. The Eagles would eventually fall 19-5.
The Eagles will look to even their pool play record to 1-1, but will need a much stronger effort as they will face New Zealand at 3:14 P.M. ET. New Zealand handled Ireland with ease in a 36-0 win for their first match from Pool A. Follow match updates on Twitter with @USARugby and watch the Eagles live on the Women's Sevens World Series website.
Women's Eagles Sevens | v England
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. Lorrie Clifford
10. Dana Meschisi
11. Megan Bonny
12. Jessica Javelet
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