|Photo: Connie Hatfield|
It was a great start for the Eagles as Kristen Thomas scored. The ball was worked well out wide to Thomas who rounded the defense and went close to the posts. With the conversion the Eagles led 7-0. Unfortunately the lead didn't last. After each team traded wins at the breakdown New Zealand were clinical as they always are and were able to find the hole they needed for a try. The conversion missed and the Eagles led 7-5.
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New Zealand thought they had another try before the half. With not much time left they tried the chip and chase down the wing. The New Zealand player had a shout for the try but after a TMO review it showed the ball came out of her hand preserving the halftime score at 7-5.
In the second half New Zealand were the more focused of the two teams. The U.S. did well on defense for the most part but the penalty count began to rack up and on a couple of occasions the U.S. were lucky not to have been shown a yellow. The Black Ferns would score a try on a nice dummy to take a 12-7 lead. The U.S. had one last chance to go for the tying or winning try but New Zealand poached the ball at the breakdown.