USA Rugby in World Cup Fifth-Place Game After Close Win Against Australia

Womens_EaglesUSA Women’s Eagles (Michael Lee/USA Rugby)

The USA Women’s Eagles got their wish of a rematch with the New Zealand Black Ferns on Sunday, albeit only after Australia full back Ashleigh Hewson missed a penalty attempt with the last kick of the match, one which would have forced the first extra-time of WRWC 2014.

Australia captain Shannon Parry scored the opening try in the second minute, only for Sadie Anderson to cut the deficit to four minutes later with a penalty. That would be their only points of the first half as Australia increased their lead with a try by center Cobie-Jane Morgan to make it 12-3 at the break.

Jillion Potter scored three minutes after the restart, but Australia hit back with their third try of the match to keep the nine-point advantage. Carmen Farmer touched down for the Women’s Eagles just after the hour mark but Australia’s response was swift with a Hewson penalty.

That gave Australia a 20-13 lead, but Vanesha McGee gave  her side renewed hope with Kimber Rozier’s conversion tying the score. Rozier then kicked her side in front for the first time, but the Eagles had a nervous last few seconds after mistakenly kicking the ball out thinking that time was up.

(From IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 Press Release)

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