Friday, March 3, 2017

Vegas 7s Women: Eagles Fall To Ireland

The Women Eagles 7s have dropped their first match of the day losing to Ireland 24-21. The fact that it was the first match of the day, and an early one at that, seemed to have a impact on both teams as they were a touch slow. That said, the U.S. did get out to a hot start. They camped out down in the Ireland end straight from the opening whistle and were justly rewarded when Alev Kelter slipped through the defense for the try. Still, Ireland came back and taking advantage of U.S. penalties were able to create an attacking lineout. From there they executed a well worked play to score their first try and even the score at 7-7.

It looked like it might stay that way at halftime but a late knock-on from Kelly Griffin gave Ireland one last chance. With that possession Ireland star Amee Leight Murphy Crowe slipped through some lackluster U.S. defense for the try and a 12-5 halftime lead.

The U.S. opened up the second half with an excellent response. They were finally able to find Naya Tapper in space and she burst around the outside for the electric try. Just a few moments later Kelter was able to find her second of the match. The U.S. did well to work the ball across the pitch after an Ireland knock-on and Kelter then fended off a few defense to score in the corner. She also hit the difficult conversion to lead 21-12.

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Any sense of comfort for the Eagles wouldn't last long. Murphy Crowe showed why she is considered one of the best players on the planet by picking up her second try. She then made the tough conversion to cut the deficit to two. Ireland weren't done. Murphy Crowe were at the center of the action again as she broke the Eagles line leading to another try from Flood. The conversion missed but Ireland held a 24-21 lead.

With 30 seconds left the U.S. had an opportunity to retake the lead with a try. However, a mistake allowed Ireland to kick it out for the win. The U.S. will now have to regroup as they take on Spain at 2:02 p.m. et/11:02 p.m. pt.

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