The bronze medal match in the Women’s Rugby World Cup saw France defeat USA, 31-23. France started slowly but eventually found their attacking dynamism. USA, meanwhile, never found enough attacking space out wide. France was prepared for the threat of Kristen Thomas and Naya Tapper and tackled well.
It was a frenetic opening five minutes to the match with no break until a scrum in that fifth... Read More
Both England and USA came into their final pool match of the Women's Rugby World Cup 2-0, each with the maximum 10 points claimed from the matches against Italy and Spain. Currently ranked best in the world, the matchup against England was always daunting for the Eagles. The match was never close, but the Eagles scored four tries and, therefore, a bonus point in the 47-26 loss.
Early on, Katy... Read More
At the UCD Bowl in Dublin on Sunday, the USA Eagles made it two bonus-point wins from two tries in the Women’s Rugby World Cup. The 43-0 defeat of Spain keeps them tied with England at the top of Pool B with 10 points.
In the second half, the Eagles were simply too strong and scored 31 points. Like the win against Italy, the match against Spain showcased the Eagles’ ambition and potential, as... Read More
The 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup started on Wednesday in Dublin. The USA Eagles played Italy first, and earned the needed result: a bonus point win. The final score was 24-12, though the Eagles had plenty of chances to put even more points on the board.
The first quarter of the match was dominated by the Eagles, as the match started in close to an ideal fashion for them.
Early on, Italy kicked... Read More
It is past time to get excited for the Women’s Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on Wednesday. I am more than ready. My excitement comes from the fact that I was entirely captivated by the last Women’s Rugby World Cup. There are reasons to think this tournament will be as good, and maybe better. An additional excitement boost comes from the fact that to get ready, I’ve re-watched some recent USA... Read More
In the latest episode of The Carter Divide, Ethan and I talk about a couple of recent Saracens' matches, among other things.
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Being able to watch rugby on television makes the experience better for Ethan, so that leads us to focus for now on the Aviva Premiership. Ethan is not unique in this preference, and there isn't anything new... Read More
After falling to New Zealand 7-12 in the cup semi-finals, the USA Women’s 7s had the chance to play Canada in the bronze medal match of the Las Vegas 7s. This was a tough matchup for USA. This is the second tournament in a row in which these two sides finished with a match against each other—the teams last played in the Sydney cup final. They had gone head-to-head 14 times with Canada winning 12... Read More
In a rematch from the first match on Friday, the USA Women opened their second day in Las Vegas with a cup quarter final against Ireland. In their pool play match, USA was up 21-12 in the second half before ultimately losing 24-21. On Saturday morning, though, they made no mistake and won 20-12 to advance to the cup semi-finals.
Alev Kelter’s opening kick started the match, but neither side... Read More
In their second match at the Las Vegas 7s, the USA Women faced Spain. Both Spain and USA entered the match 0-1, with USA losing to Ireland and Spain falling to Fiji. The Eagles played a strong second half and won 22-7.
USA regathered Alev Kelter’s opening kick and were immediately in Spain’s 22. Kelly Griffin went to the short side from a ruck and passed to Katherine Zackary who went into the try... Read More
The Las Vegas 7s opened with the USA Women taking on Ireland. Ireland came back from a second half deficit and won 24-21.
After the first two rounds of the Women’s World Series, the USA entered the weekend in sixth place in the standings, but with momentum from a cup finals appearance at the last stop in Sydney. Ireland were in ninth place, though they have shown the ability to beat anyone and... Read More