Folayan adds second, third tries in Amsterdam for Eagles win

Folayan adds second, third tries in Amsterdam for Eagles win

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – The Women’s Eagles Sevens defeated Spain 17-5 Friday with the help of Victoria Folayan to move to 2-0 in pool play at Amsterdam Sevens, the final leg of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series.

Folayan capitalized on a Spain mistake in the third minute to open the scoring. A mishandled ball found its way into Folayan’s hands and she ran the length of the field for her second try of the tournament. Kimber Rozier added her second conversion for the 7-0 lead.

The Eagles struggled with a few knock-ons in the first half, halting a few positive attacking moves. They were able to hold Spain in its own half, however, following up on the shut-out victory against Brazil in the first match. The Eagles led at the half 7-0.

Spain committed two penalties back-to-back to open the second half. Kelly Griffin used a quick tap in the tenth minute and a nice juke to find space for the Eagles’ second try. Rozier’s conversion was wide, but the Eagles extended their lead to 12-0.

Griffin caught a misplaced Spain pass and offloaded to Vanesha McGee, who stiff-armed a defender at the touch line but stepped out for a Spain lineout. Spain committed yet another penalty and Griffin again used a quick tap to give the Eagles a scoring opportunity. She was able to step into the try zone, but was held up before letting the ball go to Christy Ringgenberg and eventually Folayan, who dove over the try line between the sticks for a 17-0 lead.

Spain broke the Eagles’ shutout streak at 28 minutes with a try after the final whistle. A quick break for Spain at midfield allowed Berta Garcia to find space for a long run into the try zone, but it was too late for a comeback and the match ended 17-5.

The Eagles will finish pool play against Australia at 9:28 A.M. ET. With a 2-0 record, the Eagles have guaranteed a place in the Cup Quarterfinals. Australia is also 2-0. Watch Amsterdam Sevens live on wsws.irb.com and follow live updates on Twitter @USAWomens7s.

Women's Eagles Sevens | vs. Spain
Jillion Potter
Kelly Griffin
Vanesha McGee
Deven Owsiany
Sadie Anderson
Bui Baravilala
Victoria Folayan
Kimber Rozier
Emilie Bydwell
Katie Dowty
Christy Ringgenberg
Nathalie Marchino

Women's Eagles Sevens | vs. Spain
Tries: Folayan (2), Griffin
Conversions: Rozier

Women’s Eagles Sevens | Amsterdam Sevens
vs. Australia - 9:28 A.M. ET Friday, May 17

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