USA Women’s Eagles Play England In Super Series Final Match

July 8, 2016

USA Women’s Eagles Play England In Super Series Final Match


Photo: The Rugby Channel

Doug Coil

On July 9th, the Women’s Rugby Super Series will have their final matches in Salt Lake City, Utah. The #WRSS2016 matches will be preceded by the Canada Maple Leafs against the USA Collegiate All-Americans at 11pm MT.  Then Canada faces France at 1pm MT, followed by the USA Women’s Eagles against England at 3pm MT. All matches will be broadcast on The Rugby Channel.

The USA Women’s Eagles lost their first two matches of the Women’s Rugby Super Series. They had an early lead against France, but lost 19-13. They then faced Canada, whose second half scores led them to a 33-5 win.

The Eagles have made four changes in their starting XV from the match against Canada.

The Eagles face a powerful, yet crafty England team, but hope to challenge for a win and a possible second place finish, should Canada win convincingly against France. Alycia Washington, Christine Pheil and Sylvia Braaten, who started against France, return  as starters. Naya Tapper moves from a reserve into the starting XV. Tess Feury, who played for the USA Collegiate All-Americans against the Canada Maple Leafs on July 5th, is a reserve and could earn her first cap should she enter the match.

Associate Head Coach Peter Baggetta will lead the Eagles from the manager’s box Saturday. He will lead the Eagles on a Fall tour of France, as Head Coach Pete Steinberg will be absent for personal reasons.
Steinberg said “I think you can safely say we’ve both developed our coaching philosophies and philosophies of the game together. There are very few people I’ve met in America that understand the game the way Peter understands it in the detail he understands it and is able to present such a clear vision to the team.”

Baggetta indicated that “It helps that we’ve been coaching together for about a dozen years. It won’t be that much different for the players. The processes will stay the same.”

Baggetta added about England saying “They play a different style than both France and Canada. We feel that there are some areas we can take advantage of with the way that England plays. It’s been a long time since we’ve beaten England, so it’s always been a target.”

Cheta Emba and Jane Paar returned to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista,
California for Richie Walker pre-Olympic Games Summer Camp.

England after losing 52-17 win against Canada, scored a last minute try against France for a 17-13 win. They would like to finish with a winning record and end on a high note.

England have made four changes to the side that beat France for their final game of the series. Katie Mason and Bianca Blackburn, who both scored in the opening game against Canada, Izzy Noel-Smith and Richmond prop Vickii Cornborough all will start. Worcester Valkries centre Ceri Large will earn her 50th cap.

Lead coach Scott Bemand said “The win against France was great for many reasons and now we’re looking to take the confidence we gained into this final game of the Series. ”

“The USA will pose a very different challenge to Canada and France. Both sides have had a quick turnaround to this game, but the girls have recovered well. The USA will be looking to get a win from the Series and so we know that they will come at us hard but we’ve got to continue to build momentum from Tuesday and deliver what we know we’re capable of as a side.”

USA Women’s Eagles: 1. Catherine Benson 2. Kathryn Augustyn 3. Hope Rogers 4. Stacey Bridges (Capt) 5. Alycia Washington 6. Christiane Pheil 7.Elizabeth Cairns 8. Jordan Gray 9. Jennifer Lui 10. Kimberly Rozier 11. Naya Tapper 12. Sylvia Braaten 13. Nate Serevi 14. Saskia Morgan 15. Jessica Wooden 16. Samantha Pinkey 17. Tiffany Faaee 18. Jamila Reinhardt 19. Molly Kinsella 20. Nicole Strasko 21. Deven Owsiany 22. Megan Foster 23. Tess Feury

England: 1. Vickii Cornborough  2. Amy Cokayne  3.  Laura Keates 4. Harriet Millar-Mills  5. Tamara Taylor  6. Alex Matthews  7. Izzy Noel-Smith 8. Sarah Hunter (c) 9. Bianca Blackburn 10. Amber Reed  11. Lotte Clapp 12. Ceri Large  13. Lauren Cattell 14. Lydia Thompson 15. Fiona Pocock 16. Lark Davies  17. Rochelle Clark 18. Sarah Bern  19. Zoe Aldcroft 20. Poppy Leitch  21. Leanne Riley 22. Millie Wood 23. Katie Mason

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