USA Women Beat Ireland To Wrap Fall Tour

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The USA Women's National Team finished off a rigorous fall tour with a 19-10 defeat of Ireland at Energia Park in Dublin.

The Eagles were coming off two test losses, to New Zealand (in Chicago - see On-Demand), and England (in London - see On-Demand), but had bounced back with a 25-24 defeat of England's developmental XV in the middle of the week.

The young USA squad finally got Rob Cain his first test victory thanks to tries from Kimber Rozier, Kaitlyn Broughton, and Meya Bizer, with Rozier converting both for a 19-10 win.

Ireland threatened early and had a lineout just five meters from the USA line. The USA stopped the attack, but were pinged for a penalty, and the next lineout was a misfire for the Irish. The ball landed in the hands of No. 8 Jordan Gray-Matyas, and from there the Eagles opted to run out of their own 22. Broughton sliced through and linked with wing Jennine Duncan, who was almost away, but was hauled down five meters from scoring.

Ireland got out of trouble after forcing a knock-on, but the USA kept the game inside the Irish half, and eventually mauled well into the Ireland 22. That produced a penalty, Carly Waters tapped quickly, fed Kate Zackary, who dished to Rozier for the try.


 

The USA found itself backed up against its line again, and battled hard in goalline defense. Ireland went over, but Broughton was under the ball, and Ireland was pinged for a forward pass anyway, and it remained 7-0.

Both teams had other prime scoring opportunities, but mistakes and penalties hurt each team. Finally, with about seven minutes left in the half, the Eagles threatened and sent it wide. Broughton had help outside but took it herself, was tackled, but got up and went over. The try was allowed, but Irish fans would be excused for feeling hard-done-by.

Still, the try counted and the USA led 12-0.

Just before halftime, Ireland struck back. The Eagles turned the ball over in the backline around midfield, and the ball was sent quickly out to debutant Laura Sheehan, and the wing put on the jets and scored in the corner.

That made it 12-5 at the break. 

The second half started with the USA on the front foot and threatening. But it wasn't until midway through the second half that they got that third try. Bizer took a bouncing ball and raced through for about 40 meters. The Forwards consolidated, punched up close to the line, and then a superb quick pass from substitute flyhalf McKenzie Hawkins allowed Bizer to dive over in the corner. Rozier made the very difficult touchline conversion to put her side up y 14 at 19-15.

It was too much to ask of Ireland as the USA defense was very solid. The Irish sent  Eimear Considine over but that was well after full time. The Eagles had capped off the tour with a solid defensive effort, and a few tries, but perhaps a feeling that there were more opportunities to take advantage of.


USA 19
Tries: Rozier, Broughton, Bizer
Convs: Rozier 2

Ireland 10
Tries:  Sheehan, Considine



.S. Women’s National Team Starting Roster 

Player

Position

Club

Caps

1. Catie Benson

Prop

Life West Gladiatrix

16

2. Katy Augustyn

Hooker

Berkeley All Blues

32

3. Nick James

Prop

Houston Athletic

5

4. Stacey Bridges

Lock

Beantown Rugby

35

5. Kristine Sommer

Lock

Harlequins (ENG) / Seattle Saracens

6

6. Rachel Johnson

Flanker

Oregon Sports Union

2

7. Kate Zackary (C)

Flanker

San Diego Surfers

8

8. Jordan Gray-Matyas

No. 8

Women's Sevens Residency

17

9. Carly Waters

Scrumhalf

New York Rugby

1

10. Gabby Cantorna

Flyhalf

Glendale Merlins

2

11. Jennine Duncan

Wing

Seattle Saracens

1

12. Kimber Rozier

Center

Beantown Rugby

29

13. Meya Bizer

Center

Women's Sevens Residency

17

14. Kelsi Stockert

Wing

Women's Sevens Residency

7

15. Kaitlyn Broughton

Fullback

Atlanta Harlequins

2


U.S. Women’s National Team Reserves

16. Tiana A'au

Reserve

Central Washington University

0

17. Azniv Nalbandian

Reserve

Penn State University

2

18. Joyce Taufa

Reserve

Lindenwood University

2

19. Alycia Washington

Reserve

New York Rugby

16

20. Anna Karen Pedraza

Reserve

Lindenwood University

3

21. Evan Hoese

Reserve

Berkeley All Blues

1

22. McKenzie Hawkins

Reserve

Lindenwood University

2

23. Megan Foster

Reserve

San Diego Surfers

5



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