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The USA women's national 7s team opened their account with an unconvincing victory over Fiji 15-0 at the China 7s.
In this, the third round of the Women's World Series, the Eagles were favored over Fiji and seemed content to pressure the Fijians and stay on defense.
This worked out just fine for the Eagles, as Fiji tried to clear their lines from in-goal, and sent a sad little kick straight to Sadie Anderson, who blazed in from short range to make it 5-0.
Still more of the same as the USA kicked deep and kept up the pressure. Fiji kicked again, and this time the ball was taken by Nathalie Marchino, who took the corner and scored to make it 10-0.
But after that the game degenerated. Eager to run the ball, the USA struggled in the rain to get a handle, and fumbled some nice scoring opportunities.
The frantic play continued in the second half, as Fiji made a couple of impressive runs, showing they have some athleticism, and letting the Eagles know that a soft try could put them under the kosh.
But no one could fault the USA defense. And while they continued to drop passes in the chill air, they kept Fiji in the Fiji end of the field. Finally a turnoer led to Lauren Doyle running in to give the USA a nice cushion.
Offensively the Americans did not look sharp, but their defense was strong, and they won.
Tries: Anderson, Marchino, Doyle
Next up for the USA is hosts China