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Women's Eagles  @ Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center
Super Series
Round 2

Women’s Eagles fight hard in loss to top-ranked New Zealand for Round Two of Super Series 2019

CHULA VISTA, CA - The Women’s Eagles continued their 2019 Super Series campaign in Chula Vista tonight, falling to the tough New Zealand Black Ferns, 33-0. The USA last met the Black Ferns in Chicago for The Rugby Weekend in November of 2018, a game where New Zealand ran away with a 67-6 win. In under a year’s time, the Eagles cut the scoring deficit from 61 to 33 points as a testament to the development of their young squad.

“There’s definitely some work-ons, but it’s a process,” flyhalf Katana Howard said. “This is a really good tournament for us to go into and improve every single game. That’s our next goal.”

“There was a lot of equal energy at times we just got lost in our anxiousness of wanting to get ahead or get behind the defense. But overall I’m super happy of what we were able to come out with, especially with the work our ladies put in,” said fullback Bui Baravilala. We came out unsuccessful in the end but it’s all a learning process and I’m excited.”

Head Coach Rob Cain made some lineup adjustments following last week’s game against England which saw three Eagles get their first taste of action in the tournament. Hooker Katy Augustyn, center Amy Talei Bonte and reserve Nicole Strasko all took to the pitch for the first time in Chula Vista and all contributed in the hard-fought effort. The United States now have time to rest as they enter a bye in the third round of matches before taking on Canada in the fourth round on Wednesday, July 10. That match and the entirety of the Women’s Super Series will be streamed LIVE on FloRugby.com.

The United States took the field for the second match of the day in the late afternoon sun at the Elite Athlete Training Center. The Eagles defense came out firing, but the Black Ferns’ attack paired with penalties put them up early with two tries in the first 15 minutes. Threatening line breaks by Alev Kelter and Katana Howard paired with gutsy runs from Hope Rogers spurred the Eagles on offensively towards the end of the first half.

Right before the break, Bitsy Cairns sprinted from the scrum to strip New Zealand of the ball right near the try line to prevent any further damage. Heading to the locker room at halftime down 19-0, the United States showed much more momentum than in the start of the game.

The Eagles came out of the locker room ablaze to start the second half. Katana Howard anchored a strong defensive effort as New Zealand started to threaten in the early minutes. Bui Baravilala burst out for the most promising line break of the day, stiff-arming the Black Ferns while streaking down the field to start the offense. Later in the half, Baravilala forced a turnover to stop the New Zealanders right in front of the try line before another sizeable breakaway put the Eagles in scoring position. Kristen Thomas added a great attack from the Eagles as time expired, leaving the USA knocking on the door near the try zone.

Through the second half, the Eagles showed flashes of brilliance both offensively and defensively. The squad held their opposition to less points than in New Zealand’s opening match with Canada in a testament to the solid defensive showing. Despite the drives and aggressive line breaks, the United States struggled to find the try zone. It was a physical game from each side with many positive elements as the young Americans played relentlessly against the best team in the world.

The Women’s Eagles next face rival-Canada on July 10 at 5:15 PM PT. Paired with England vs. France who kick off at 2 PM PT, the matches can be seen LIVE on FloRugby.com and tickets are available at usarugby.org/superseries2019.


General Manager | Emilie Bydwell
Head Coach | Rob Cain
Assistant Coach | Jamie Burke
Assistant Coach | Kate Daley
Assistant Coach Rich Ashfield
Coach/Team Manager | Jenny Lui
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach | Ian Jones
Head Performance Analyst | Dave Gardner
Team Doctor | Terence Cronin
Head Athletic Trainer | Katherine Henry
Athletic Trainer | Danielle Allen


vs England | 5-38 (L)
vs New Zealand | 0-33 (L)
vs Canada | July 10 - 5:15 PM PT
vs France | July 14 - 4 PM PT