Looking at some of the details of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship reveals how and why the USA Eagles were able to win all five matches and reclaim the trophy.
Here are some of the most noteworthy details:
The Eagles both scored the most tries in the tournament and conceded the fewest.
The Eagles were the highest scoring team, overall, in the last 20 minutes of matches.
The Eagles had the... Read More
With a 61-19 win over Uruguay in Montevideo, the Eagles put the finishing touches on their second-straight Americas Rugby Championship title. The win gives them a perfect 5-0 record in the tournament. The USA hasn’t lost in the ARC since 2016, when they last fell to Uruguay.
The win will also see the 18th-ranked Eagles move ahead of 17th-ranked Uruguay in World Rugby’s rankings. Los Teros were... Read More
Heading into the last weekend of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship, if the USA Eagles win, they finish undefeated and win the tournament for the second year in a row. However, a loss to Uruguay will almost certainly allow Argentina XV to claim a second ARC title.
So long as the American scrum does not fall apart, the Eagles should win. Part of what contributes to that "should" is the... Read More
With a dominant first half and yellow cards dooming Brazil’s improved play in the second half, USA scored seven tries to defeat the Os Tupis, 43-16, at the Estádio Pereira in São José dos Campos, Brazil. Head coach Gary Gold put an emphasis on a solid first half performance and the Eagles stepped up with a four try effort. Brazil came out in the second with determination and physicality but its... Read More
As the Eagles head outside their borders for the final two weekends of the Americas Rugby Championship, more changes have been made to the starting lineup. After sitting out the Chile win, Nick Civetta, Hanco Germishuys and Shaun Davies are back.
Davies is logging his first start under head coach Gary Gold, who started Nate Augspurger against Argentina XV, Canada and Chile. Davies came on and... Read More
With several players leaving the assembly as scheduled, some to return to their professional clubs, four changes have been made to the Eagles’ starting lineup from the win over Canada to Saturday’s clash with Chile. Six new caps are on offer, with one guaranteed, as Psalm Wooching gets the start at blindside flanker. Taking over the captaincy for the departed Blaine Scully is scrumhalf Nate... Read More
The Eagles looked much sharper in attack winning the Can-Am trophy and scoring four tries on Saturday than against the Argentina XV in round one. With the first two rounds of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship complete, there are some more numbers to look at
Here is the table after six matches:
The Eagles in getting to the top of the table continued the trend of out-scoring the opposition... Read More
Four tries paced the Eagles to a 29-10 bonus-point win over Canada Saturday at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento, Calif. in the second round of the Americas Rugby Championship. The win sees the USA improve to 4-0 all-time at Papa Murphy’s Park and extend its current unbeaten streaks, both against Canada and in the ARC, to eight.
Wing Ryan Matyas scored a brace, flanker Hanco Germishuys delivered a... Read More
The Eagles try to extend three streaks Saturday when they face Canada at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento, Calif. They’re also trying to move to 2-0 in the Americas Rugby Championship and defend a title.
Bonney Field, now Papa Murphy’s Park, was opened in 2014. Since then, the Eagles have played there three times, winning on all three occasions, beating Canada 38-35 in 2014, Japan 23-18 in 2015,... Read More
Below are some figures from the first round of the Americas Rugby Championship. What I expect to do throughout the tournament is provide tournament-wide information while looking at everything through an USA Eagle-centric perspective.
Here is the table after the first round.
I was confident that the try-fest that was the 2017 ARC for the USA Eagles and Argentina XV would continue--the... Read More