The USA Women improve to 2-0 at the Rugby World Cup Sevens, defeating Fiji 31-5. Today’s pool play competition will end against Spain, who is also 2-0.
The Eagles spread the scoring around, allowing five players to cross for tries. Flyhalf Kimber Rozier led the point-scoring tally, converting three of the five tries for six points. Vix Folayan and Christy Ringgenberg got their second tries of the world cup, and identical to the Brazil game, their scores put the USA on the front foot.
But unlike the tournament-opener against Brazil, the team made good use of their possession and didn't relent pressure-wise. Kelly Griffin, captain Vanesha McGee and Katie Johnson, who was playing in her first international 7s match ever, all scored tries. Fiji got their lone points at minute four, when Suliana Batirau Gusuivalu skirted over the line, but the American defense tightened up from its previous performance for a solid outing.
On the other side of the pool, Spain better Brazil 26-10, rebounding from a 14-all tie against Fiji in the first round. Now that the pool leaders have enjoyed confidence-boosting wins, the two are poised for a great pool-decider in round three.
The top two teams move onto the Cup quarterfinals. Tune into www.rwcsevens.com for the live broadcast at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Tries: Folayan, Ringgenberg, Griffin, McGee, Johnson
Conversions: Rozier 3