The Eagle Women ended their Olympic run with a well deserved win against France, a team historically one rung higher (5th) than the USA.
Down 5-0 at the end of the break, the USA Alev Kelter recovered the ball from the half restart and raced in under the posts, a familiar try for her in these games. Conversion made and USA up 7-5.
Quickly, winning another contested ruck, the Eagle backs sent the... Read More
The Women’s Eagles achieved a modicum of satisfaction revenging a first game loss by defeating Fiji 12-7 in the playoffs for places five through eight. The Eagles will meet France at 5 p.m. ET this afternoon for the fifth place finish. Les Bleues defeated Spain 24-12.
In the first half, the Eagles appeared sluggish, and could not move the ball out of their half. Fiji played tight defense,... Read More
Commentray by Liv d'Alberti, Georgetown RFC
New Zealand, perennial Women's sevens champions, defeated the USA 5-0 to advance into the quarterfinal round in Rio. The Black Ferns were up 5-0 at the half on a run away try by the celebrated Portia Woodman, who comes from an All Black family.
Neither team made significant attacking moves in a desultory second period, marked by knock-ons and frequent... Read More
Before the quarterfinal of the Women's rugby this afternoon at 4 p.m. ET (CNBC), it's time to give a shout out to the Spanish side which advance into the playoff round of eight.
Spain qualified by winning the last chance repechage in Dublin, defeating Russia 19-12 for the final spot. In these Olympic games, they lost to New Zealand and France but defeated Kenya 19-10 to book a spot in the... Read More
With Q and A analysis with Liv d'Alberti
In the third round of Pool A, the USA rugby sevens women astounded the global community with a 12-12 tie against world champions Australia. The Wallaroos previously thrashed Colombia 53-0, and Fiji 36-0 in earlier clinically played results without ceding a point to the opposition.
This was a USA game that will live in national memory, a gritty, spirited,... Read More
The USA Women meet Australia at 12:30 (ET), today, Sunday, August 7, the match televised on the USA network. This is the final game in Pool A. Fiji will meet Colombia.
The quarterfinal matches will occur between 4 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (ET), the four games to be aired on CNBC. USA women play NZ at 5:30 p.m. on CNBC.
Here are the betting odds in Britain for a Women's Side to win a rugby medal and,... Read More
Additional commentary from Liv d'Alberti
The USA Women rebounded after their earlier Fiji loss to crush Colombia, the weakest side in the tournament. The final score was 48-0, slightly less than Australia's 53-0 victory against Colombia in the opening game.
The Eagles provided bigger and faster, easily running around and through an opposition that did not have much international experience. In... Read More
(Commentary also by Liv d'Alberti)
In the opening day of rugby in Rio, Fiji women defeated the USA 12-7 in an untidy played match by both teams. The game featured poor passing, especially, by the Eagles, whose last gasp throws often ended up either bouncing on the ground or dribbling into touch.
Fiji went ahead 5-0 in the first half from a clever cutback by Luisa Tisolo who split the US... Read More
Barring injury and the use of traveling reserves, only 24 members of Team USA's men's and women's rugby teams will be able to call themselves Olympians. Dozens have been left behind via selections. Men's head coach Mike Friday has made it clear, as have several players, that the teams will be playing for not just themselves, but those who didn't make the team. Really, the honor roll should be... Read More
After the October 2009 IOC vote to reinstate rugby into the Olympics for women and men, the salient concern for World Rugby (IRB) was how to introduce and also to expand women's seven’s play. At that time, there were few women's sevens' events, and many rugby-playing countries did not field a national team.
A few ad hoc women squads appeared at major men's tournaments, most noticeably, the Las... Read More