Eagles win big to finish 11th at Guangzhou Women’s Sevens


GUANGZHOU, China – The Women’s Eagles Sevens finished an otherwise disappointing Guangzhou Women’s Sevens with a dominant, 31-0 win against Brazil in the 11th-place match Sunday.

Rain had affected most of the teams on day two, but the Eagles managed to score five tries against Brazil, one less than their output through four matches at Guangzhou Uni Town Stadium.

Rebekah Siebach got the ball rolling in the first minute after a good run by Dana Meschisi. The no. 10 waited as long as she could in contact before offloading to Victoria Folayan at midfield. Folayan quickly passed the ball to Siebach, who sped away from her defender for the try and a 5-0 early lead.

Once they got the ball back, the Eagles applied even more pressure through multiple phases, each inching towards the try zone. Shaina Turley eventually bundled over the try line for the Eagles’ second score in three minutes. Captain Amelia Villines converted for a 12-0 lead.

Turley celebrated her try in the sin bin after receiving a yellow card less than a minute later. The Eagles did not concede any points while a player down, and managed to score twice during the disadvantage.

Meschisi scored first after a hard run by Villines five meters out by grabbing the ball from the ruck caused by the tackle and diving over the try line. Folayan scored the second in the final minute of the half after a long run by Jillion Potter, who had replaced Elana Meyers as a blood substitute a minute earlier.

The Eagles took the 24-0 lead into the half, the first time they had led after seven minutes during the tournament.

The Eagles’ pressure on defense forced a bad turnover in the ninth minute. A clearance kick from the try zone went straight up, with Meyers waiting for it 10 meters from the try line once gravity played its part. Brazil committed a penalty a few phases later. Villines took a quick tap and found Turley for the Women’s Eagles captain’s second try of the match and the eventual 31-0 final score.

The Eagles gain three points from Guangzhou Women’s Sevens, which should see them retain seventh place in the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series standings with Amsterdam Sevens left to play.

Pools and match times for Amsterdam Sevens, May 16-17, will be announced at a later date.

Women’s Eagles Sevens | v China1. Victoria Folayan
2. 2Kelly Griffin
3. Jillion Potter
4. Deven Owsiany
5. Amelia Villines
6. Lauren Doyle
7. Elana Meyers
8. Shaina Turley
9. Lorrie Clifford
10. Dana Meschisi
11. Alev Kelter
12. Rebekah Siebach

Women’s Eagles Sevens | 31Tries: Siebach, Turley (2), Meschisi, Folayan
Conversions: Villines (3)