KO KO 1 2 15 16 20 21 28 30 31 35 40 61 62 70 78 79 80 FT


TeamTriesMissed ConversionDGConversionsPointsOutcome
USA Eagles510433Loss
Barbarians Women640234Win


Wales’s Jasmine Joyce scored four tries including the last-minute score that snatched a 34-33 victory for the Baa-baas in their historic first international match.

The Olympic Sevens star scored a first half hat-trick as the Barbarians opened up a 29-12 interval lead at Glendale with Wales teammate Alisha Butchers and Ireland wing Ali Miller also touching down.

The USA powered back into the contest and captain Kate Zackary’s 78th minute converted try should have won the game.

But former Eagles lock Carmen Farmer won the ball back at the restart and the Barbarians midfield opened up the room for Joyce’s slashing run to the line.

The Barbarians brought together players from TEN different countries in the space of four days under head coach Anna Richards to take on a hungry and athletic Eagles outfit.

They had a wealth of experience, though, with captain Linda Itunu the major carrying threat and canny organisers in New Zealand veteran Emma Jensen and Wales’s adventurous Elinor Snowsill.

The Barbarians made a dream start from their first possession by moving the ball wide for Joyce to strike with just 40 seconds on the clock with Jensen converting and looking for more scores before  an interception try from Amy Naber-Bonte and the first of two for Neariah Persinger edging the USA 12-7 in front.

That was the cue for a purple patch of attacking play from the Baa-baas with Joyce roaring over in the 28th and 30th minutes to complete her hat-trick with Jensen adding one conversion.

Miller got loose on the left to reach the line five minutes later and Butchers was involved twice in the final passage of play in the first half before scoring from close range.

Neither side could find an opening in the third quarter but the USA finally built up a head of steam with giant centre Eti Haungatau bulldozing her way over.

Suddenly the Baa-baas were in trouble as Persinger finished off an outstanding attack, then Zackary galloped over after Stacey Bridges’s great offload with three minutes to play.

But 697 caps is a huge amount of experience to put on the field and the unflustered response saw a hanging kick-off won in the air by Farmer.

Helen Nelson and Co in midfield had opened up space for their runners all night and Joyce surged through another hole to streak over for a dramatic final score with the final move.

That puts the women’s Barbarians record at played three, won three since making their debut against Munster 18 months ago. Now England await at Twickenham on June 2.

USA Women’s Eagles: Gabriella Cantorna, Jennine Duncan, Eti Haungatau, Amy Naber-Bonte, Neariah Persinger; Katana Howard, Carly Waters; Catherine Benson, Joanna Kitlinski, Nicole James, Stacey Bridges, Nicole Strasko, Katherine Zackary (Captain), Rachel Johnson, Nate Serevi.

Replacements: Katy Augustyn, Hope Rogers, Charli Jacoby, Alycia Washington, Joyce Taufa, Ashlee Byrge, Bui Baravilala, Bulou Mataitoga.

Barbarians: Jasmine Joyce (Worcester Valkyries & Wales); Tova Derk (Wasps), Amanda Thornborough (Westshore & Canada), Helen Nelson (Montpellier & Scotland, Vice-captain), Alison Miller (Old Belvedere & Ireland); Elinor Snowsill (Bristol Bears & Wales), Emma Jensen (Hastings & New Zealand);  Rochelle Clark (Wasps & England), Fiao’o Fa’amausili (Auckland Marist & New Zealand), Steph Te Ohaere-Fox (Christchurch & New Zealand, Vice-captain), Carmen Farmer (Glendale & USA), Dalena Dennison (Warringah & Australia), Paula Fitzpatrick (St Mary’s & Ireland), Alisha Butchers (Worcester Valkyries & Wales), Linda Itunu (Ponsonby & New Zealand, Captain).

Replacements: Heather Kerr (Darlington MP & England), Samantha Martinez Gion (AAC Rugby Amsterdam & Netherlands), Gill Bourke (Stade Francais & Ireland), Julia Folk (Castaway Wdrs & Canada), Hannah Stolba (Glendale & USA), Andrea Burk (Capilanos & Canada), Katie Mason (Wasps & England).

Original Report:

Four-try Joyce clinches historic Barbarians win over USA – Barbarian FC

The Women’s Eagles were ever-impressive tonight in their historic battle with Barbarian F.C. at Infinity Park. Despite losing on a try in the final minute, the USA came back from a 17-point deficit to steal the lead and dominate the second-half of play with shining offensive and defensive moments.

“We got some really exciting young talent who worked really hard on seeing space – recognizing space – and keeping the ball alive,” said Head Coach Rob Cain. “I’m so proud of them, to come up against a team that’s been to so many World Cups and has so much experience and really that probably showed at the end. They put the ball in the right area, bit of a heartbreak for us, but it’s all about performance.”

It was the Barbarians who drew first blood through firecracker Jasmine Joyce but the United States did well to slow down the ball after and kept the Barbarians out of the tryzone for some time. Though possession did move back and forth between sides, the Baa-baas continued to threaten with more trips inside the 22.

Play opened right up for the Eagles when Amy Naber-Bonte stole the ball just outside the 22 and ran straight for the tryzone to dot down mid posts. The USA were at it again right after as Neariah Persinger ignited the most exciting passing relay with a run on the wing that saw Nicole Strasko, Stacey Bridges and Amy-Naber Bonte keep the play alive for Persinger to score in the corner, 12-7.

While the two tries did well to shift momentum, the Barbarians came back with a vengeance and scored four of their own. Jasmine Joyce cut through space twice over to break wide open for the first two, where Allison Miller punished the Eagles for open gaps with the third.

The United States had a couple opportunities for possession shortly after, but the Barbarians broke free again, moved inside the 22 and scored on the edge, 12-29.

Following halftime, the Eagles came back to dominate the game with shining displays on offense and defense.

A lineout outside five meters had put the Barbarians right at the tryline until Captain Kate Zackary jumped on the line to keep the ball out and force a penalty stoppage. From there, both teams worked tirelessly to get the edge on a number of errors as possession bounced back and forth for several minutes.

Momentum shifted again when Ashlee Byrge stole the ball from a Barbarians scrum ran inside the 22. The Baa-baas stole the ball back mid-play but a preceding penalty kept it on the USA side. There, Eti Haungatau used her strength to wrestle the ball over the tryline and twist her body over defenders to dot down.

A pair of lineouts for the Barbarians put them five meters from the line again but a sideways kick to the edge fell to touch and the United States were right back on.

In the set piece, a mesmerizing display of passes had almost every Eagle’s working through space until Neariah Persinger, waiting patiently on the wing, snagged the ball with perfect timing to dot down, 26-29.

As intensity rose, the USA could feel energy working beside them as Captain Kate Zackary captured a pass from Stacey Bridges and ran halfway down the pitch for the lead, 33-29.

With only one minute remaining, the crowd grew restless.

Taking the restart, Jasmine Joyce squeezed through a gap with seconds on the clock and ran into the try zone to steal the win, 33-34.

The final try was heartbreaking for a USA side who fought through the adversity for all 80 minutes to come back on the other side. Regardless, the match left an imprint on a full crowd at Infinity Park who watched as the new era of the Women’s Eagles showed strength and depth in loads.

USA Eagles

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14Jennine DuncanWing000000
13Eti HaungatauCentre1 (61')00000
12Amy Naber-Bonte 22-1 (15')00000
11Neariah Persinger-2 (20', 70')00000
10Katana Howard 23-000000
9Carly Waters 21-000000
1Catie Benson-000000
2Joanna KitlinskiHooker000000
3Nicole James-000000
4Stacey BridgesLock000000
5Nicole Strasko-000000
6Kate ZacharyBack Row1 (78')00000
7Rachel JohnsonBack Row000000
8Nate Serevi 20-000000
16Kathryn Augustyn-000000
17Hope RogersProp000000
18Charli Jacoby-000000
19Alycia Washington-000000
20Joyce Taufa 8-000000
21Ashlee Byrge 9-000000
22Bui Baravilala 12-000000
23Bulou Mataitoga 10-000000
 Total 540000

Barbarians Women

15Jasmine JoyceFull Back4 (1', 28', 30', 80')00000
14Tova DerkWing000000
13Amanda ThornboroughCentre000000
12Helen NelsonCentre000000
11Alison MillerWing1 (35')00000
10El SnowsillFly Half000000
9Emma JensenScrum Half02 (2', 31')0000
1Rocky ClarkLH Prop000000
2Fiao’o FamausiliHooker000000
3Steph Te Oheare – FoxTH Prop000000
4Carmen FarmerLock000000
5Dalena DennisonLock000000
6Paula FitzpatrickBack Row000000
7Alisha ButchersBack Row1 (40')00000
8Linda ItunuBack Row000000
16Heather KerrProp000000
17Sam Martinez GionProp000000
18Gillian Bourke-000000
19Julia Folk-000000
20Hannah Stolba-000000
21Andrea Burk-000000
22Katie MasonFull Back000000
 Total 620000


26/04/20193:00 pm2018-19


Infinity Park
950 S Birch St, Glendale, CO 80246, USA