GUANGZHOU, China – Russia scored two tries in the first two minutes of its match against the Women’s Eagles Sevens at Guangzhou Women’s Sevens and did not relinquish the lead in the 19-10 win.
Nadezda Kudinova converted the first try by Marina Petrova but missed the kicked after Navrat Khamidova scored. Still, Russia had a 12-0 lead after just two minutes.
Lauren Doyle’s quick tap in the sixth minute set up a lengthy run into Russia’s territory, and captain Amelia Villines followed up the play. A Russian closed in on her but could not make the tackle before Villines passed to Kelly Griffin for the Eagles’ first try. Villines missed the conversion kick for a 12-5 Russia lead at the half.
The Eagles also went into halftime down by a single try in their first match against Canada in Guangzhou, a 35-7 loss.
The Eagles came out of the halftime huddle with more energy than their opponent, and forced a turnover a few meters from the try line. Griffin repaid Villines’ feed for the first try with a dish to the captain for a try in the corner. She missed the conversion again, but the Eagles trailed by two at 12-10.
Griffin turned provider once again in the 11th minute by setting up Victoria Folayan with a try under the sticks, but the speedy winger was held up in the in-goal.
The Eagles lost possession following the ensuing scrum and Russia started to move the ball through phases. Petrova stepped around two Eagles near midfield and ran Folayan deep into the Eagles’ zone. Though Folayan tackled Petrova, the Russian had support in Kudinova, who ran into the in-goal untouched.
The try came after the whistle, signaling the end of the match. A 19-10 loss means the Eagles will need a big win against France in hopes of extending their point differential for a higher seeding.
The Eagles will finish pool play against France at 3:50 A.M. ET. Watch Guangzhou Women’s Sevens live on the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series website and follow along with live tweet updates with @USARugby.
Women's Eagles Sevens | v Russia
1. Victoria Folayan
2. 2Kelly Griffin
3. Jillion Potter
4. Deven Owsiany
5. Amelia Villines
6. Lauren Doyle
7. Elana Meyers
8. Shaina Turley
9. Lorrie Clifford
10. Dana Meschisi
11. Alev Kelter
12. Rebekah Siebach
Women's Eagles Sevens | 10
Tries: Griffin, Villines
Women's Eagles Sevens | Guangzhou Sevens Pool C
v France - Saturday, April 5 - 3:50 A.M. ET