Eagles first half enough to secure win

Eagles first half enough to secure win

MOSCOW, Russia - The Women’s Eagles Sevens defeated Brazil 12-7 in their opening match of the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens at the Gorodok Stadium.

Kimberly Rozier kicked deep for the Eagles to put Brazil under immediate pressure. Excellent defense from Victoria Folayan and Christy Ringgenberg kept the Brazilians inside their own half, despite a long period of possession for the South Americans.

The Eagles responded cleverly with a quick lineout throw-in from Ringgenberg. The veteran found Folayan who scorched past two defenders on her way for the opening try of the Rugby World Cup for the USA. The conversion went wide, with the Eagles leading 5-0.

USA Head Coach Ric Suggitt started early with his substitutes, using Kelly Griffin for Ryan Carlyle ahead of the next restart.

Brazil claimed the kick-off and exploited some space out wide, but a superb cover tackle from Folayan saved a certain try.

Vanesha McGee came off the bench replacing the hard running Emilie Bydwell.

From an attacking scrum the Eagles moved the ball wide to speedster Folayan. She burst 60-meters downfield, and after absorbing the tackle of the sweeper, the ball spun loose finding Ringgenberg in support. The Eagle backline player dove over to give the USA their second try.

Rozier’s successful conversion put the Eagles up 12-0 at halftime.

Brazil also kicked deep from the next restart, with the tactic paying dividends. From a ruck, which was overcommitted by the Eagles defense, Brazil found winger Beatriz Muhlbauer who touched down to score.

With the Eagles leading 12-7, substitute Nathalie Marchino (on for Ringgenberg) made her presence felt with a superb 40-meter breakout. Unfortunately due the lack of support, Brazil took possession.

Replacements Kathryn "KJ" Johnson and Irene Gardner entered the field for the USA.

In the last few moments of the match Brazil made a brilliant break and appeared to be racing away for a try, but Folayan completed a fantastic match winning tackle.

The Eagles won 12-7, and will take on Fiji at 5.24 AM E.T today at the Gorodok Stadium. Following that, the squad will head to the iconic Luzhniki Stadium to face Spain at 12.00 PM E.T Saturday June 29.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) will not be broadcasting matches at the Gorodok Stadium, which means only the Eagles clash with Spain at 12.00 PM E.T on Saturday June 29 inside Luzhniki Stadium will be aired on theIRB’s website as well as broadcast onUniversal Sports. Coverage on Universal Sports will begin on June 29 at 1:00AM E.T. and June 30 at 1:30AM E.T.

Follow live updates on Twitter from the official USA Rugby account (@USARugby) and read game recaps onwww.usarugby.org/rwc2013 andwww.rwcsevens.com. Join the conversation using #RWC7s.

Women’s Eagles Sevens | Rugby World Cup 2013 | vs. Brazil
1. Jillion Potter
2. Kelly Griffin (s)
3. Vanesha McGee (s)
4. Deven Owsiany
5. Kimberly Rozier
6. Christine Ringgenberg
7. Victoria Folayan
8. Kathryn "KJ" Johnson (s)
9. Irene Gardner (s)
10. Emilie Bydwell
11. Nathalie Marchino (s)
12. Ryan Carlyle

Women’s Eagles Sevens | Rugby World Cup 2013 | vs. Brazil
Tries: Folayan, Ringgenberg
Conversion: Rozier

Women’s Eagles Sevens | Schedule
USA 12 Brazil 7 (Pool Stages - June 29)
USA vs. Fiji 5.24 AM E.T Saturday June 29 [Gorodok Stadium]
USA vs. Spain 12.00 PM E.T Saturday June 29 [Luzhniki Stadium]

Women’s Eagles Sevens | Staff
Ric Suggitt (Head Coach)
JoAnne Kos (Assistant Coach/Team Manager)
Nicole Titmas (Athletic Trainer)
Dr. Lisa Bartoli (Team Doctor)

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