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
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
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
Looking ahead to Saturday’s match between the USA Eagles and Germany, anticipating how things will go, from an American perspective, is not easy. These sides have never played each other, after all.
Last weekend, Germany handily defeated Brazil, 45-12. It might be easy to ignore that result, but let us not forget that Brazil defeated the Eagles in 2016 and Canada in 2017. Still, Brazil was not... Read More
The bronze medal match in the Women’s Rugby World Cup saw France defeat USA, 31-23. France started slowly but eventually found their attacking dynamism. USA, meanwhile, never found enough attacking space out wide. France was prepared for the threat of Kristen Thomas and Naya Tapper and tackled well.
It was a frenetic opening five minutes to the match with no break until a scrum in that fifth... Read More
In the broadest sense, the June series of matches for the USA Eagles was successful. They qualified for the 2019 World Cup. In more specific areas, how did they perform? Below are details for tries, lineouts, and a new approach for evaluating scrum effectiveness.
Below is a breakdown for tries from the June matches. It is only four matches, but scoring as many tries from turnover (4) as... Read More
The morning after the USA Eagles lost to the New Zealand Maori 54-7 in Chicago, I had a conversation with someone from World Rugby. He wondered how much good a big loss like that does for the Eagles and rugby in America. I was reminded of that conversation by my brother Ethan’s reaction to the recent loss to Ireland. We discuss the match in the latest episode of The Carter Divide.
The episode is... Read More