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Women's Eagles fall to England in 2019 Super Series Opener

CHULA VISTA, CA - The Women’s Eagles kicked off their 2019 Women’s Super Series in Chula Vista this afternoon, falling to the England Red Roses, 38-5. In their first return to test match rugby on home soil since facing off with the Black Ferns in Chicago for The Rugby Weekend and a friendly with the Barbarians in April. A collection of names earned first caps here on day one. With jitters out of the way, the Eagles will regroup and prepare to face World No. 1 New Zealand on Tuesday, July 2. Catch that match and the entirety of the Women’s Super Series, Live on FloRugby.

“We learned today that if we don’t take the opportunities we create, we’ll find ourselves in a dogfight,” noted Head Coach Rob Cain, “The nice thing is, everything we’ve looked at these last six months, they’ve showcased.”

The United States opened the 2019 tournament by kicking off into the sun at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Rolling mauls turned out to be England’s go to weapon with two tries resulting. The first coming from Kelly Smith in the 8’ after she picked up from the maul and buried the ball between the posts. The other would come later in the second half where the line out was just off the US try zone and Heather Kerr was able to fall over the line.

The lone US score came from veteran Hope Rogers after a powerful drive through tackles in the 16’ and reaching over the line. Alev Kelter’s kick would go just wide, missing the conversion.

England kept pressure the whole way through, with sharp attention on ball movement form the United States. On two occasions, Emily Scarratt and Natasha Hunt were able to interrupt USA passes and break away into open space.

“The reality is, we gave four tries away. You can’t hide from it and situations like that create a lot of stress and allow opposition to have breathing space."

Through the second half, the Red Roses remained in control, keeping the ball in the United States end. Sevens stars Alev Kelter and Kris Thomas showed flashes of brilliance with two line breaks up the middle and on the outside respectively. Despite the drives and pushing the goal line once or twice, the Eagles struggles to find the try zone. A physical game none the less from each side.

Cain concluded, “What we’re going through is a process, we need to play the best in the world … we’ve evolved since November, I think you can see that, so the next stage for us is to evolve over the next three weeks against the top teams in the world.”

The Women’s Eagles next play No.1 New Zealand on July 2 at 5:15PM PT. Paired with France vs Canada, the matches can be seen LIVE on FloRugby and tickets are available here.