Patterson is right. New Zealand comes out on fire in the second half, scoring three unanswered tries and a drop goal. They are led by Hayden Harrison, a 23-year-old engineer from Wellington, N.Z, who scores two tries in a row and earns Most Valuable Player honors for his team.
The Kiwi onslaught is too much for the Americans, who fail to put any points on the board, and lose, 23-0.
For the Ice Blacks, the prize is the Ross Island cup, which they’ve taken home 26 years in a row. But the Americans earn valuable experience and motivation to come back next year.
“We played with a lot of heart,” Evans says. “We had a great opponent.”
But for Annie Rosenkrantz, a 24-year-old supply worker from St. Louis, Missouri, and “flanker” for the Americans, the day was won even if the game was not.
“The fact that the Kiwis have to practice now shows how far we’ve come.”
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