USA ended the World Rugby Pacific Four Series 2024 on a triumphant note with an incredible second-half performance in Melbourne, boosting their chances of qualifying for the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2025 and WXV 1 in Canada later this year.

Trailing 20-8 at halftime against Australia, the Women’s Eagles made a remarkable comeback. Their forward pack, spearheaded by Hope Rogers who scored two tries, powered through in the second half to secure a 32-25 victory. This win positions them well to finish third in the Pacific Four Series standings.

The USA’s comeback was particularly impressive, considering their 58-17 defeat to Australia in the previous year’s fixture.

For Australia, the path to WXV 2 and potential World Cup qualification remains, but they face the daunting task of defeating New Zealand in North Harbour next Saturday.


The USA delivered one of their best performances since reaching the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 semi-finals, stunning Australia with their second-half transformation.

Initially, Australia capitalized on their speedy backs, exploiting gaps in the USA defense to score three tries and lead 20-8 at halftime. Caitlyn Halse, Australia’s youngest-ever test player, had little impact, while outside-centre Georgina Friedrichs was instrumental in all three tries.

Desiree Miller scored the opening try for Australia, with Friedrichs providing the assist. Despite an early penalty from Gabriella Cantorna, Australia continued to dominate, with tries from Ashley Marsters and Maya Stewart, though Stewart’s initial try was disallowed for obstruction.

The USA’s forwards gave them a lifeline, with hooker Kathryn Treder scoring from a maul. However, Australia extended their lead with a penalty from Arabella McKenzie before halftime.

The second half saw a fired-up USA, with Hope Rogers scoring two quick tries to level the scores at 20-20. Australia responded with a try from Friedrichs following a lineout move, but the USA maintained pressure.

Lotte Clapp’s solo try and Cantorna’s conversion gave the USA their first lead at 27-25. Despite a knock-on in the in-goal area by Bulou Mataitoga, the USA kept their territorial advantage. Atumata Hingano scored from close range, although Cantorna missed the conversion, leaving Australia a chance to draw.

Australia’s final opportunity came with a penalty and a subsequent attack, but the USA’s defense held firm. Managing the closing minutes efficiently, the USA secured the win when Hawkins kicked the ball out with the clock in red, sealing their victory.

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