For Immediate Release
USA v. South Africa (2:20 a.m. ET)
The Women's Eagle Sevens team got off to a roaring start in the IRB Women's Sevens Challenge Cup by downing South Africa 22-10 in the opening match of the women's tournament.
Captain Beth Black opened the account for the Eagles snaking through the South African defense. The incredibly powerful and fit veteran, Pam Kosanke, added to that tally two minutes later and the USA were up 10-0 with just three minutes to go in the first half.
South Africa answered back with two quick scores before halftime, with the second coming after the hooter indicated the end of the period.
San Diego Surfers star, Emilie Bydwell, sealed victory for her team with a remarkable two try second half performance.
Tries: Black, Kosanke, Bydwell (2)
USA v. China (3:44 a.m. ET)
A second half comeback by the USA ensured a spot in the Dubai Rugby Sevens Cup Semifinal with a crucial Pool B win over China.
The USA felt the pressure in the first half, with China scoring the only points in the period. A reset button was hit at halftime with the Eagles, but it would take three minutes for the Eagles to tally a score.
Emilie Bydwell got her third try of the tournament after scoring a brace against South Africa and Pam Kosanke added the extras to level the scores with four minutes remaining.
Harvard grad and young speed merchant, Katie Dowty, dotted down the game-winner for the Eagles and Kosanke converted once again.
With the win, the Eagles guaranteed themselves a spot in the cup semis on day two, but an inevitable clash with world powerhouse England.
Tries: Bydwell, Dowty
Cons: Kosanke (2)
USA v. England (10:10 a.m. ET)
The English women overpowered the Eagles in the last match of the day for both teams. Both England and the USA were undefeated going into the clash and were battling for the top spot in Pool B.
Three first half tries by the English put the Eagles in a pretty deep hole, and two scores in the second half would seal a victory for England.
A shutout in the last match is rough, but the Eagles will surely be fired up to face arch rivals Canada in the cup semifinal on day two.