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Friday, December 4, 2015

Women Eagles 7s Finish Dubai With Mixed Results

The Women Eagles 7s were very disappointed by their performance on day one at the Dubai 7s and were looking to rebound with a perfect set of results on day two to capture the Bowl. Unfortunately for them it didn't work out that way as they lost surprisingly to Japan before getting revenge on Ireland. Overall, it was the complete opposite of the tournament the team was hoping for as they show more signs of a team rebuilding than one gearing up for the Olympics.

Eagles 14-15 Japan

Despite doing some bizarre last minute tackling practice on the pitch seconds before the kickoff they couldn't make enough tackles as the Eagles collected the restart, ran through the phases, and then found Kristen Thomas out wide for the try less than 45 seconds into the match. The U.S. were able to keep possession for the next few minutes but the Japanese were resilient in their defense. Errors and penalties didn't help either giving Japan multiple opportunities. Eventually Japan would take advantage with a minute and a half remaining in the first half. Thanks to a difference of a conversion the U.S. led 7-5. Japan nearly too the lead at halftime after the U.S. tried to get too fancy in their passing but a knock-on killed the opportunity for Japan.

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Thomas gave the Eagles a perfect start to the second half as she was barely touched after taking the restart to go 60 meters for the try. Just like that the Eagles were up 14-5. Still, Japan showed a lot of composure and stayed patient to chip away at the U.S. lead. Once again using a quick tap after a U.S. penalty they were able to put the U.S. on the back foot where they great support to score their second try. With a little less then four minutes to go it was 14-10 to the Eagles. Japan would continue to take all the territory and all the possession. Like in the first half that eventually meant a try that would put them permanently into the lead.  The were certainly aided when Jillion Potter was shown a yellow card with a minute and a half remaining.

Starters: Thomas, Potter, Zackary, Kelter, Paar, Williams, Doyle

Eagles 31- 24 Ireland

In the 11th place match the Eagles did rebound a bit to pick up their first and only win of the weekend to avoid last place. Ireland struck first when Alev Kelter tried to put in a grubber only to have it bounce off the Irish player who recovered and scored the easy try. Thomas, who was the Eagles best player on the weekend, immediately responded with a Isles-like run. She then added another bursting out of her own end for another long-range try. Richelle Stephens converted both tries for a 14-5 lead. It was the other speedster, Jessica Javelet, that would score the third try for the Eagles in the half after some smart passing from the Eagles.

Playing well after the halftime hooter Ireland were able to grab a try back. Megan Bonny was shown a yellow card for a high tackle and that gave Ireland advantage they needed for the score. The continued to use their woman advantage straight from the opening restart to the second half scoring only seconds in through good work at the breakdown and good passing. They put Ireland down only two at 21-19.

A solid run and fend off from Kathryn Johnson put the Eagles on the front foot and after switching the ball back and forth across the field Johnson was judged to have been held up. The U.S. and Ireland traded penalties which led to the Eagles making the interesting decision to kick a drop goal via Kelter. That only put them up 24-19, still only a try apart. The match was only settled when Thomas did well to finish off her hat-trick with only 30 seconds to go. Ireland scored one try after the final hooter.

Starters: Thomas, Potter, Bonny, Kelter, Williams, Stephens, Javelet

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