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The USA has defeated South Africa in the opening match of the Nation's Cup. They followed up Canada's 29-25 defeat of England.

Both matches were held at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.

South Africa was very dangerous with the ball in hand, but the USA size advantage in the forwards helped control possession and secure a 35-22 victory for the Eagles.

USA 35
Tries: Rogers, Bydwell, Kmiecik, Braaten Turley
Convs: Anderson 2
Pens: Anderson, Rozier

South Africa 22
Tries: Simmers, Cronje, Williams, Jordaan
Convs: Nojoko  


USA Lineup vs. South Africa 
1. Hope Rogers 
2. Kittery Wagner 
3. Jamie Burke 
4. Carmen Farmer 
5. Molly Kinsella 
6. Stacey Bridges 
7. Shaina Turley 
8. Jillion Potter 
9. Kate Daley 
10. Sadie Anderson 
11. Erica Cavanaugh 
12. Sylvia Braaten 
13. Emilie Bydwell 
14. Ashley Kmiecik 
15. Christy Ringgenberg

Reserves 
16. Katy Augustyn 
17. Sarah Chobot 
18. Sarah Wilson 
19. Sarah Walsh 
20. Kristin Zdanczewicz 
21. Jocelyn Tseng 
22. Kimber Rozier 
23. Megan Bonny


South Africa lineup
1. Nedene Botha, 2. Celeste Marai, 3. Portia Jonga, 4. Nolusindiso Booi, 5. Andrea Mentoor, 6. Lamla Momoti, 7. Nwabisa Ngxatu, 8. Mandisa Williams, 9. Fundiswa Plaatije, 10. Zenay Jordaan, 11. Marlien Cronje, 12. Vuyolwethu Wazi, 13. Mathrin Simmers, 14. Phumeza Gadu, 15. Marnezelle Rabie