WOMEN’S RUGBY: World Cup opening win for USA against Italians

USA's Kris Thomas and Maria Magatti of Italy
USA's Kris Thomas and Maria Magatti of Italy

UNITED STATES 24 ITALY 12

Wing Kris Thomas scored two tries as the United States opened their World Cup campaign with victory at Dublin’s UCD Bowl.

USA's Sylvia Braaten celebrates with Kimber Rozier after she scored a try against Italy

USA's Sylvia Braaten celebrates with Kimber Rozier after she scored a try against Italy

Thomas, who was also yellow-carded late in the game, opened her team’s account with an early score as the Americans claimed a bonus-point Pool B triumph.

Fly-half Kimber Rozier also touched down in the first half, converting her own try, but Italy - England’s next opponents on Sunday - struck back with a Lucia Cammarano try that Veronica Schiavon converted.

Thomas’ second try, though, ensured some breathing space before replacement lock Abby Gustaitis secured a five-point maximum, with Alev Kelter converting, before flanker Elisa Giordano claimed a consolation score.

USA's Alycia Washington is tackled by Manuela Furlan and Sara Barattin of Italy

USA's Alycia Washington is tackled by Manuela Furlan and Sara Barattin of Italy