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USA exact revenge on South Africa

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The USA womens rugby side avenged their defeat to South Africa in the group stages to beat the same opposition by 20 clear points to finish third in the Nations Cup.

USA won 29-9 in their only win of the tournament.

The victory will provide some relief to new US coach Pete Steinberg who has seen his charges show massive potential but ultimately an inability to secure victory in the three games going into the last round with losses to England, Canada and South Africa weighing heavily on the team's minds. Steinberg though will be encouraged despite the win loss ratio as the US have showed stong physicality throughout their four games, suggesting that more time together in the coming months could see this group of players develop well in the lead-up to the next World Cup.

South Africa too will go away from the tournament with some sense of satisfaction. The underdogs going into the tournament, their victory over the USA earlier in the week was a historic one for the side - their first over the US and a rare win over a top six ranked side. Denvar Wannies will have learned plenty about how his squad has developed since the World Cup.

USA Captain, Jamie Burke said the win was vital. "I think we came together really well as a team and executed our game plan," said the captain. "The team is really cohesive with a really good culture. It's not very common for a team to have all of those things. This win is very important for the team moving forward."

The first half saw both teams struggle to find a rhythm. Handling errors and untidy breakdowns haunted both sides and accounted for some scrappy passages of play.

South Africa, who had beaten the USA 26-23 earlier in the week, hit their stride first with two well struck penalties from Zandile Nojoko as she helped her side push 6-0 ahead.

The scores served as a wake-up call for the US side though as flanker Shaina Turley became prominent in the loose with some crunching tackles helping her side defend their way back into the game.

The physical defense, a return to the way the US played against England in the first game of the series, rattled the South Africans and resulted try as the as the Women's Eagles forced a turnover and Vanesha McGee rocketed forwards and broke through a number tackles to get to the line.

Add that to a penalty from moments earlier and a successful conversion by Pam Kosanke and the USA found themselves ahead four points at the half.

USA dominated for the rest of the game with McGee's speed and strength continuing to cause all kinds of headaches for the South Africans in the second half and she darted through the defence regularly and tallied another five-pointer.

Lock Laura Miller and Samantha Pankey added further triesi n the second half to secure a comfortable win.

USA Womens Eagles: Pam Kosanke (Chicago North Shore), Vanesha McGee (New York Rugby Club), Amy Daniels (Beantown), Samantha Pankey (James River), Katie Dowty (Beantown), Sadie Anderson (Penn State), Kim Magrini (Keystone), Farrah Douglas (DC Furies), Lisa Butts (Nor Cal Triple Threat), Jamie Burke, captain (Beantown), Stacey Bridges (At Large), Laura Miller (DC Furies), Shaina Turley (San Diego Surfers), Lynelle Kugler (Twin City Amazons), Kate Daley (Chicago North Shore)

No team recieved for SA yet.

USA Scores.

Tries: McGee (2), Miller, Pankey

Cons: Kosanke (3)

Penalties: Kosanke

South Africa scores.

Nojoko (3)