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LAX SVNS - women Day One

WRAP: Los Angeles hosts the fifth round of HSBC SVNS at the California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, California.


Australia leads the women’s SVNS standings from New Zealand, France, the United and Canada.

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Round 1

Pool A

New Zealand 41 – 5 South Africa

The Black Ferns got off to a flyer, scoring back to back tries through JORJA MILLER and MICHAELA BLYDE  in the opening minutes.

SHIRAY KAKA scored a first half brace in a New Zealand dominated half and KELSEY TENETI stretched the lead after the siren sounded for the end of the half (29-0).

New Zealand continued their dominance in the 2nd half as they opened the flood gates even more, scoring 2 unanswered tries by KELSEY TENETI & MAHINA PAU.

The South African’s pounced on what could be considered the first mistake by the Black Ferns and AYANDA MALINGA managed to scored in the corner.

The New Zealander’s seemed to let the foot off the pedal a bit in the final quarter of the game and struggled a bit with their discipline but the South African’s failed to make use of the numerical advantage.

Fiji 5 – 12 Brazil

The first Pool A clash got off to an arm wrestling affair as both teams struggled to get the upper hand.

The two contrasting styles of play could clearly be seen between these two Nations but it was the power game that paid off for Brazil as BIANCA SILVA bumped off a Fiji player to go over for the only try of the first half as the siren sounded.


The Pacific Islanders woes continued in the 2nd half as they struggled to get into the game. Brazil’s defense worked hard throughout as they managed to keep the Fijians from finding momentum with their offloading game.

THALITA DA SILVA COSTA took the game away from the Fijians after she broke through the middle to score for Brazil with only a couple of seconds left on the clock.

MEREDANI QORO managed to get some vital points for the Fijians at the death.



Fiji 5 v 12 Brazil

New Zealand 41 v 5 South Africa

Pool B

France 35 – 7 Japan

The 2nd Pool B game got off to a scrappy start with a few horrible passes by the French but when they managed to get rid of the early jitters passes started to stick for JOANNA GRISEZ & CAMILLE GRASSINEAU.

Japan stayed in the fight and after some ill-discipline by France and great awareness of space a kick pass was collected by SAKURA MIZUTANI who went in behind for team before half time.

With one score separating these two Nations in the first half it was a game of inches in the 2nd half opened by another French try through CARLA NEISEN.

ANNE-CÉCILE CIOFANI and IAN JASON went over untouched towards the end of the match to make things seem a lot easier on the scoreboard.

Australia 31 – 0 Ireland

The first one of the day got off to a massive clash between these two familiar foe. The Aussies got off to a solid looking start as they dominated the opening encounters, hanging onto the ball in contact and recycling

They managed to open up the scoring through their talisman MADDISON LEVI who also went in behind the try line for a second try before the halfway mark.

The Australian’s finished off a clinical first half with a score from ISABELLA NASSER against the run of play to go in 19-0.

The struggle continued for the Irish despite dominating possession and territory early in the second half.

The Australians kept their cool and went a bout their work scoring another two  unanswered tries in the second half through FAITH NATHAN and a hat trick try by MADDISON LEVI.


Australia 31 v 0 Ireland

France 35 v 7 Japan

Pool C

United States 40 – 5 Spain

In the final Round 1 game of the day it was the hosts who opened the scoring with a try by SARAH LEVY.

The Spanish put up a fight and got in close but the home teams defense managed to keep them out and create an opportunity for SAMMY SULLIVAN.

The USA started to look much more comfortable towards the end of the half as ILONA MAHER went in for another try for the United States.

Things opened up for the Americans in the 2nd half as ILONA MAHER went over for a brace.

JUANA STELLA showed some great individual skill, stepping off the  right foot to run clear for a try by Spain.

ALEX SEDRICK took it away from the Spanish as she showed a clean pair of heels on the left wing before KRIS THOMAS scored a final try for USA.


Canada 20 – 10 Great Britain

In another epic encounter it was the Canadian’s who opened the scoring with a try from KRISSY SCURFIELD.

CARISSA NORSTEN finished off a well worked try as she showed some great “soccer styled” skills, kicking the ball forward on the ground twice before  diving on it just before ball rolled over the deadball line.

The Canadians started to dominate as they scored another try after the siren sounded through ASIA HOGAN-ROCHESTER.

With none of the conversions landed in the first half it was still game on for Great Britain who scored an early 2nd half try through EMMA UREN.

ALYSHA CORRIGAN took it away from GB with an end-to-end try by Canada before EMMA UREN went over for her 2nd try of the match to get some vital points for GB.


Canada 20 v 10 Great Britain

United States 40 v 5 Spain

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