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“It’s not about luck or magic,” Magleby told RUGBYMag.com.
“It’s about the rucks. We didn’t adjust as well as the opposition to the
referee interpretations in the breakdown. The referees had their meeting
just before the tournament and looked to work on certain areas, and our
players, especially the guys who have been on the circuit a while and have
developed habits, didn’t adjust.”
Sealing off in the rucks is complete verboten, and the Eagles were penalized for that, sometimes, it seemed, when they hadn’t done it.
Doesn’t matter, said Magleby, and he put the onus on himself to do better.
“I didn’t get them up to speed quickly enough.”
Clearly they will have to stay out of penalty trouble Sunday. Their first game is against Scotland at 10:45 PM EDT, 7:45 PM PDT.