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The United States bounced back after a loss to New Zealand to defeat Russia 19-10. Russia gave the Eagles a lot of trouble but strong defense and timely scoring propelled the United States to victory.
Things started poorly for the Eagles, however. After a knock-on and a penalty, Megan Bonny was sent to the bin for using her legs in a tackle. The man advantage gave Russia all the time and space it needed to get the first score of the game. The Eagles stopped the Russians near the try line, but the European side spun the ball to the other side of the pitch and dove over for the try.
The Eagles ran out the rest of the penalty time after the score and methodically worked its way down field after an overthrown line out. Alev Kelter broke a tackle near the try line, and the Eagles spun it wide to Bui Baravilala for the tying score. The teams went into the break even at 5-5.
The United States came out with excellent defensive pressure in the second half and reaped the benefits immediately. After kicking off deep into Russian territory. Driving tackles backwards put Russia on the back foot, allowing Kristen Thomas to win a turnover at the breakdown. After a tackle, Jillion Potter sent a pass from the deck to an oncoming Kelter for the score. With the conversion the Eagles lead 12-5.
Potter made her presence known once again on the restart, taking it out of the air. She found Rachel Griendling for her first career World Series try and extended the lead to 19-5.
Russia broke into the Eagle 22 after a long run but the Eagles stymied Russia and earned a penalty for their efforts. The Eagle defense was quite strong in the final moments and held Russia off until the final seconds of the game. Russia earned a consolation try in the corner and the match ended 19-10.
The United States will play Spain at 3:18 EST.