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The USA women’s team enjoyed a very successful Day One at the Amsterdam 7s, defeating England, South Africa and Wales to top Pool 1 at the final stop on the unofficial international circuit.
The Eagles beat South Africa 26-5 and slammed Wales 47-5. The big scalp was England, the team that currently holds the International Women’s Challenge trophy. The USA won 12-7 in that game to top their pool.
Time in the Low Countries obviously agrees with the North Americans as Canada swept their pool or Spain, France, and the Irish Lightning.
Australia topped Pool 3.
The teams are re-seeded for Sunday play. The USA joins Spain and Australia in the new Pool 1, while Canada, England and Netherlands are in the new Pool 2.
The winner of each Sunday pool play off for the title, the 2nd-place teams play for 3rd, and the 3rd-place teams play for 5th.
"The bottom line is that the girls played solid defense all day," USA Head
Coach Ric Suggit told RUGBYMag.com. "The one noticeable difference is
having the calmness of Nathalie [Marchino] in the midfield. She is
always a threat with the ball in hand. The defense and distribution
of Katie Dowty has blossomed during the last two tournaments. Can we
do it again tomorrow? That is the same question that I have of the
girls. I certainly believe they are capable of another great day and
I hope for them that they pull it off."