It’s a mistake to think that because Ireland beat Australia 15-6 on
Saturday, and the USA lost to Ireland 20-10, that the Eagles should be
within a point of the Wallabies on September 23.
Certainly no one would assume that’s going to happen.
… two things do come out of that game that the Eagles could possibly learn
1. Ireland defense is pretty darned great. So the... Read More
at the right time can make all the difference.
“It feels amazing to win,” said USA No. 8 Nic Johnson, who was one of an
entire pack that put in some great effort this past week. Some of those
players played 160 minutes. Johnson did not, giving way to Scott LaValla
late. “They pulled the plug but that’s fine; I gave it everything I had. We
were definitely psyched up for it... Read More
So much expectation had been heaped on the Russian team, the pain of losing
was difficult to contain for some.
Being a good Russian, flyhalf Yury Kushnarev expressed his sorrow with a
“We are very, very disappointed,” he said, smiling a little. “It was not a
perfect game for us. USA play well on defense and we make a few... Read More
USA captain Todd Clever has been cited for an incident of foul play during
Thursday's match against Russia.
The citing relates to an alleged breach of Law 10.4(e) dangerous tackling
and Law 10.4(g) dangerous charging during the Rugby World Cup 2011 Pool C
match against Russia on September 15. Clever was penalized during the game
for a shoulder charge on a player who was being... Read More
There were several heroic performances for the USA in their 13-6 victory
over Russia Thursday in New Plymouth, NZ.
Mike MacDonald made a series of crunching tackles, was ferocious in making
the gain line, and earned Man of the Match honors in his 64th
Mike Petri put in a full day’s work, and also scored a brilliant try, which
was all the more impressive because when the... Read More
The Russian pack struggled with their scrums in the first half of
Thursday's World Cup game against the USA, and captain and hooker Vladislav
Korshunov said the problem was, in part, the fact they couldn’t understand
referee Dave Pearson.
USA captain Todd Clever agreed, saying Pearson spoke softly in the first
half when counting in the engagement, and several times he had to ask... Read More
wing James Paterson left the World Cup match against Russia late in the
first half, to be replaced by Blaine Scully.
Paterson left the game holding his right arm in a gingerly manner, and
after the match Head Coach Eddie O’Sullivan said the injury could perhaps
have been worse.
Paterson suffered a stinger, which is painful, but not usually a long-term
problem. O’Sullivan... Read More
In the end, they just won.
The Eagles haven’t done that much in their Rugby World Cup history, but
this time, they were the better team, and while they might not have won by
the margin they should have, they won.
They won because they converted on one key try-scoring opportunity. They
won because they had an excellent lineout, and John van der Giessen... Read More
The USA have held off Russia to win their third ever World Cup match,
emerging victorious 13-6 in front of a huge crowd at Stadium Taranaki in
New Plymouth, NZ
Petri scored the only try in a physical, entertaining match that deserved
more tries than the fans got.
The Eagles almost gave away a try in the opening minutes, when Petri’s box
kick attempt was blocked. The USA... Read More
The USA v Russia match is set to kick off. It’s wet, windy and cold, but
the competition and the atmosphere are heating up.
Fans are dressed as Russian woodsmen, astronauts, and Uncle Sam; people in
Russian folk dress, stars and stripes bunny ears and Mohawks. This is one
of the best atmospheres this reporter has seen for a USA match.