Women's Eagles
19 12
Ireland
10 5
Women's Eagles  @ Energia Park
Autumn Internationals

Women's Eagles close Autumn Internationals with victory over Ireland

DUBLIN, IRE. - The USA Women's Eagles have concluded their Autumn Internationals 2018 with a huge 19-10 test match victory over No. 8 Ireland at Energia Park.

The physical group brought significant pressure on the Irish, remaining patient and identifying pockets of space to run away with three well-earned tries. Ireland was held to one unconverted try for the duration of the game until an attack in the final moments allowed them to score a one last time.

Still not enough to claim the win, the USA Women held on to seal their first test match victory since Women's Rugby World Cup 2017.

The United States threatened early when Kaitlyn Broughton broke the line and got her side 5 meters within the try zone. Penalties and a collection of phases allowed play to continue for several minutes until the Women's Eagles employed skillful set piece play to draw first blood.

Winning a lineout at their attacking 22, the USA pushed a running maul to the edge of the tryline where Kimber Rozier snuck the ball in and kicked her own conversion, 0-7.

Ireland had their own short breakaway moments later but a grubber kick put the ball back in Kaitlyn Broughton's hands to keep possession with the USA women. Defensive pressure by both sides kept each attack out of the try zone with a collection of set piece plays turning the ball back and forth between Ireland and the United States.

It wasn't until Captain Kate Zackary earned significant ground that the U.S. side drove themselves within touching distance of another score.

In attack within meters of the end zone, Carly Waters pushed and pushed but couldn't get the ball over. With the tact to make a quick decision, Waters induced a series of offloads that swiftly got the ball to the right wing for Kaitlyn Broughton to dot down, 12-0.

The Irish answered back right before halftime by winning the ball at the breakdown and punishing open space on the left side. Running more than halfway down the pitch, the opposition easily dotted down to cut the deficit, 12-5.

The second half of play brought the same tenacity and vigor from the USA women but a multitude of turnovers halted scoring plays at their inception.

Well into play, Jennine Duncan broke the line but the United States was penalized near the 5-meter mark and conceded a scrum to Ireland. A penalty and Irish lineout later, the opposition intercepted a USA offload and ran past the gain line to claim too much territory.

The moment was short lived, however, as both teams entered a chapter of play that saw set piece after set piece keep the action at Ireland's 22. It wasn't until several minutes later -- when the United States found themselves back in their own territory -- that Meya Bizer would turn the tables for good.

Winning a scrum on her own side, Bizer broke open and darted across the pitch for a huge run that took the Eagles back to the Irish 22. Though they had been there before, the line break brought a new energy to the fight as the USA pushed for every inch to give Bizer a short pass for the score, 19-5.

As USA held a comfortable lead - and with a vocal home crowd behind them - Ireland launched a chapter of their own that challenged the Eagle defense until the very end.

An Irish lineout within 5-meters of the tryline had home fans almost certainly convinced of an incoming score. But, the USA held their opposition out, winning the ball back on a penalty.

The final collection of phases saw Ireland break free twice for two long runs that were just barely stopped short of a dot down. A lineout and an Irish scrum later, the opposition recovered the ball and got loose one last time to score right at fulltime, 19-12.

Despite the last minute try, a strong performance by the United States women preserved the win and marked the first test-match victory in Head Coach Rob Cain's tenure.

With the Autumn Internationals now complete for the Women's Eagles, USA fans can reflect on a three-week tour that has seen an abundance of new caps awarded and a program grow in performance match over match.

The stage is now set for Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 and the United States is on track to compete alongside the best of the best.


U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF

Head Coach | Rob Cain
Assistant Coach | Richard Ashfield
Assistant Coach | Kate Daley
Assistant Coach & Team Manager | Jamie Burke
Head of Physical Performance | Ian Jones
Head Performance Analyst | David Gardner
Team Doctor | Terrence Cronin
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Katherine Henry


U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE | NOVEMBER INTERNATIONALS 2018

vs New Zealand 6-67 (L)

vs England | 5-57 (L)

vs Ireland | 19-10 (W)


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