By Seth Rubinroit
There is no mystery why Meya Bizer is nicknamed “The Human Sledgehammer.”
Bizer has earned a reputation for delivering bone-crushing hits, despite being far from one of USA Rugby’s biggest players at 5-foot-8, 158 pounds. Watch some of her hardest tackles in the above video, which has more than 50,000 views on YouTube.
The Women’s Eagles will need some huge hits from Bizer when they play New Zealand on Saturday, August 9, at 11:30 AM ET LIVE on Universal Sports.
To advance to the semifinals of the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup, the Women’s Eagles need to defeat New Zealand and receive help from other teams. Scenarios (per USA Rugby):
The easiest of scenarios to move forward is if Kazakhstan defeats Ireland, in addition to the Eagles’ win over New Zealand. A Kazakhstan win alone would put the U.S. atop Pool B.
If that does not occur, England and Canada will be the next deciding factor. Each controls its own destiny with a win, but the loser will have the biggest effect on the Eagles.
However, both England and Canada would move on to the semifinals with a draw. Each would have 13 points from pool play and nullify any chance of advancement for both the Eagles and Black Ferns.
With the England-Canada match kicking off at 9:45 A.M. ET Saturday, the Eagles will know if a bonus point is needed, if simply a win will suffice, or if a fifth-eighth-place match is guaranteed.
In the scenario that England and Canada do not draw, the necessity of a bonus point will be determined by point differentials and tries scored by the loser during the match.
To not need a bonus point, England will have to defeat Canada by at least 27 and hold Canada to less than four tries for the match. For Canada to win, the Eagles will need the Maple Leafs to beat England by at least 68, holding the Roses under four tries for the match.
Further, the Eagles would need France to win, or lose without gaining a bonus point.
If either England or Canada gains a bonus point in a loss, the Eagles will need a bonus point and to defeat New Zealand by a to-be-determined margin.
Also, to ensure the Eagles moving to the semifinals, France will need to win its match over Australia, lose without gaining a bonus point, or lose by a to-be-determined margin.
With the number of scenarios to play out, every team’s fate will be determined Saturday.
With so many different scenarios, the Women’s Eagles are working on their juggling skills: