In the first round of the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship, the USA Eagles romped over Chile. They scored 11 tries while conceding only one. Chile was never in the match. The second-round match against the Argentina XV side was never likely to be start-to-finish domination from the Eagles, but few people saw the 45-14 drubbing coming. Gary Gold named the same side in rounds one and two, with the... 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
The USA Eagles looked like a different side in the Americas Rugby Championship than the team who lost all three of their November matches. They looked confident and fit. They looked like a side likely to win in each match they played.
Before the match against Argentina XV, I looked at some of the things beyond the four wins in the ARC that suggested the Eagles are moving in the right direction.... Read More
The final match of the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship was the tournament decider. Both Argentina XV and the USA Eagles entered the match 4-0, and both were on the right side of gaudy point differentials. And the sides tied in Houston last year to open the ARC. This year’s match was another tie, 27-27. However, USA is the tournament winner via bonus points.
The match was a scrappy, intense... Read More
The USA Eagles have won four matches in a row. In three of those matches, they’ve exceeded 50 points. I am someone who does not need a lot of reason to get excited, and if I just leave the door open a crack, my optimism comes pouring out.
Every time I am swept up in an optimism flood, I get worried. Are these wins progress, or just a nice blip? All of the matches, after all, have been against... Read More
At the Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo outside of Santiago, Chile hosted USA in Round Four of the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship. The Eagles secured the result they needed—a bonus point win that keeps them on target for the chance to win the ARC. The final score was 57-9.
In contrast to the sharp start last weekend against Canada, USA opened the match in a relatively sloppy, if ambitious,... 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