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The Eagles fell to New Zealand 35-5 in the opening game of the Sao Paolo 7s tournament. The defending champs jumped out to an early lead and the Eagles were never capable of striking back.
The Eagles received the opening kickoff but standout Portia Woodman won the kickoff. After a few phases Gayle Broughton went around a ruck to score the games opening try.
The Eagles made gains through a penalty but the New Zealand defense held strong. Kayla McAlister doubled the lead for New Zealand after making a nifty one-handed offload. The ball worked its way back to the back for a 14-0 lead.
New Zealand put in a third try before the break and really put this game out of reach. McAlister got her second of the tournament and with the conversion the Eagles trailed 21-0.
The Eagles had very little possession in the first half and the trend continued in the second stanza. The Eagles did, however, have a moment of momentum as Megan Bonny intercepted a pass at midfield and found Jillion Potter for a try.
New Zealand monopolized possession in the remaining minutes and added two more tries. Huriana Manuel beat her opposite number on the outside for the fourth score and Kelly Brazier capped the game off after a quick penalty.
The Eagles take on Russia at 12:12 EST.