Eagles storm into HK Cup semis

March 22, 2012, 2:56 p.m. (ET)

Author:Jarrod Beckstrom


The USA Women's Eagle Sevens team will make their third Cup semifinal appearance in as many tournaments in the 2011-2012 season  after dominating Pool D of the Hong Kong IRB Women's Challenge Cup tournament.  Spain and Tunisia fell victim to a very fit and very physical Eagles outfit. On day two, the USA will play the Pool C winner at 10:05 p.m. Mountain on Friday March 23.  

The USA had an early scare in its Hong Kong Sevens opener against Spain, finding themselves down 0-5 at half time.  Vanesha McGee helped her team to fight back and close the gap early in the second half. A penalty against Spain late in the game opened the door for the Eagles and a cool drop kick sealed the deal and gave the USA a winning start in Hong Kong.

Tunisia was held scoreless and Navy's Jane Paar scored a try on her USA debut. USA captain Deven Owsiany got a brace in the Tunisia effort and Berkeley All-Blues standout Irene Gardner also chimed in on the score sheet.

Tries: McGee

Spain 5


USA 20
Tries: Gardner, Owsiany (2), Paar

Tunisia 0