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 Americas Pacific Challenge concluded on Sunday with the six teams involved playing their third match in eight days. USA Selects finished with a win over Canada A, 45-26, to finish the tournament 2-1. Canada ends the 2017 APC without a win. Throughout the match, the Canadian forwards were strong, but the USA attack in open play was more than the Canadians could handle.
Canada A had a good... 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
The 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup started on Wednesday in Dublin. The USA Eagles played Italy first, and earned the needed result: a bonus point win. The final score was 24-12, though the Eagles had plenty of chances to put even more points on the board.
The first quarter of the match was dominated by the Eagles, as the match started in close to an ideal fashion for them.
Early on, Italy kicked... Read More
It is past time to get excited for the Women’s Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on Wednesday. I am more than ready. My excitement comes from the fact that I was entirely captivated by the last Women’s Rugby World Cup. There are reasons to think this tournament will be as good, and maybe better. An additional excitement boost comes from the fact that to get ready, I’ve re-watched some recent USA... Read More
Contrary to a recent headline from the New York Times, some Americans quite enjoyed the recent draw between New Zealand and the British and Irish Lions. Ethan and I discuss that in the latest episode of The Carter Divide.
The episode is available on iTunes, Stitcher, and here.
We also talk about the USA Eagles qualifying for the 2019 World Cup, and how much more fun it is to watch when they win.... 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 question that dominates much of the latest episode of The Carter Divide: How can we [USA Rugby and the Eagles] be so far behind?
The episode is on iTunes, Stitcher, Sound Cloud, and here.
It is a fair enough question asked by Ethan, and I do my best to provide some context, including sharing observations from the Northeast Regional Challenge Tournament I attended this weekend. Ethan's... 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
Heading into USA v Ireland at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, I rationally knew that there was little chance of an American win. However, having looked closely at some specific areas of the Eagles’ recent performances, there were things I was focused on as gauges for the USA performance. There was a part of me on Saturday that did not understand what I was seeing. In two areas of play I’ve paid... Read More