This was a fun month to be a fan of the Eagles. The men’s fifteens defeat of Scotland was the biggest in the team’s history, and the wins over Russia and Canada were convincing and satisfying. Generally, I struggle with optimism. That is, my eyes see the US national teams in the most positive light possible. That makes imagining things like victories over Scotland easy. And I did imagine it. And... Read More
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
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
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
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
In the third round of the Americas Rugby Championship, Canada hosted USA at Swangard Stadium Burnaby, British Columbia. The Eagles secured another bonus point win, 51-34.
The Eagles started well and scored two tries in the first six minutes. While Canada did have several strong passages, the Eagles never gave up the lead.
Mike Te’o handed Phil Mack’s first box kick cleanly, giving USA possession... Read More
The USA Selects outplayed Canada A in the second half and came back to win 47-37. The first half was dominated by Canada A, and well into the second half it looked to be Canada’s day.
At the 49 minute mark, Canada A was up 30-13, and the Selects had a prop in the sin bin for scrummaging infractions. However, the last 30 minutes belonged to the Selects.
The comeback effort was steered, in large... Read More
The USA Eagles drew Canada 26-26 in their second match of pool play at the 2016 USA Sevens. Canada scored three second-half tries to knot the match up.
The Eagles started with a sense of urgency. Maka Unufe tapped the opening kickoff back and Danny Barrett ran into space. The Eagles spun the ball wide through the hands to a wide open Zack Test. Test dove over in the corner for a try.
After the... Read More
The USA Eagles squeaked out a 15-13 victory over North American rival Canada in the final match of the Pacific Nations Cup.
AJ MacGinty was the hero for the Eagles, kicking the winning drop goal in the final minute following a Canadian try with just 10 minutes to play. He had all of the USA points in this one, including four penalty goals in the first half. Both teams were seeing yellow... Read More
Following a disappointing effort against Tonga in the final game of group play at the Pacific Nations Cup, the USA Eagles will look to finish the tournament on a high note against North American rival Canada on Monday in Burnaby, British Columbia.
The Eagles’ effort was futile against a strong Tonga team in a 33-19 loss on Wednesday. Ahead of the match, Eagles head coach Mike Tolkin changed up... Read More