USA Women's National Team Head Coach Pete Steinberg knows his Eagles will need to be better against France, but their Sunday afternoon victory over Italy was still good to get.
“It was a great start and we were dominant in the first half,” said Steinberg. “The Italians showed a lot of fight, but we were able to hold them off and still scored some nice tries.”
The Eagles struggled with continuity at times, but perhaps more concerning was the fact that they were up 29-0, but let Italy back in the game, giving up two tries for a 34-20 final scoreline.
“We had six new players capped today and they all stepped in and did well," said Steinberg. "We lost a little of our shape and offensive rhythm as we made our replacements, but still managed to play some good rugby in the second half.”
Still, a win is a win.
“It was a great way to start the tour,” said Captain Jamie Burke. “We have not played for over a year so we are a little rusty. We have a lot to work on before France on Wednesday, but I am excited about this team’s potential.”
The Eagles play France on Nov. 21st and 24th. The first match will be in Orleans and the final match of the tour will be in Paris and a curtain-raiser for France v. Samoa.