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It was a memorable victory for the Eagles, a dramatic struggle in the narrowest of wins 23-20 against Australia. This sets up a replay for fifth place against New Zealand on Saturday inside Jean Bouin Stadium.(N.B. – Fifth place is where the Eagles finished in 2010.)

The Eagles had gone 1-2 in pool play, losing 17-10 to Ireland, and then being routed by the Black Ferns 34-3 as New Zealand needed the four-try bonus to retain a chance of final four advancement.

On a wet field at Marcoussis, the Aussies scored first and assumed a 12-3 half time lead. Jillion Potter scored at the 42nd minutes for the USA to make the score 20-13 for the Wallaroos.  Then, speedy Vanesha McGee sprinted in for the Eagles just left of the goal posts, with a conversion by Rozier to tie up the game at 20-20.

A penalty at the 78th minute against Australia allowed Rozier to put the USA ahead for the first and final time at 23-20.

Nervousness on the Eagles’ part caused them to consider the match over but time still remained. The Aussies fought to the end, missing a penalty at end time that would have sent the game into overtime.

The win brought the Eagles test match record to 8-14 since the WRWC of 2010. A splendid win for a spirted team. Kudos to coach Steinberg and his squad. (Photos by Ian Muir)

(Universal Sports will air the fifth-place match on delay beginning at 6:00 P.M. ET Sunday. August 16.)

1. Sarah Chubot
2. Kathryn Augustyn (Wagner @ 74')
3. Jamie Burke (Rogers @ 54')
4. Carmen Farmer
5. Sarah Walsh (Blaney @ 48')
6. Shaina Turley (C)
7. Lynelle Kugler
8. Jillion Potter
9. Jocelyn Tseng
10. Hannah Stolba (Rozier @ 51')
11. Nathalie Marchino
12. Emilie Bydwell
13. Akalaini "Bui" Baravilala
14. Sadie Anderson (McGee @ 31')
15. Meya Bizer
16. Kittery Wagner
17. Hope Rogers
18. Sharon Blaney
19. Lauren Daly
20. Caroline White
21. Vanesha McGee
22. Kimberly Rozier
Eagles - 23
Tries: Potter, Farmer, McGee
Conversions: Rozier
Penalties: Anderson, Rozier
Australia -20
Tries: Parry, Cobie-Jane, N/A
Conversions: Hewson

Match Details

08.14.14 Marcoussis, France
Final Score