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.
The USA have had to turn around from one World Cup match to another in four
days, and Canada will have to do it now.
It’s something that all lower-tier teams have to deal with, but that
doesn’t mean they have to like it.
USA Captain Todd Clever certainly made it clear in his body language that
he didn’t like it. With his words, he was careful.
“It hasn’t been ideal,” Clever... Read More
The scrum was a big topic of discussion at Wednesday’s press conference for
the USA national rugby team.
The Eagles had been shoved off the park, not to put too fine a point on it,
against Ireland, and while Russia isn’t expected to be as difficult as
Ireland, they are expected to cause some troubles for the scrum-challenged
Forwards coach Dave Hodges saw what... Read More
In Soviet Russia, ball kicks you.
Soviet Russia, everyone in from the wrong side.
In Soviet Russia … ok actually that’s all we’ve got.
The local and world press has taken to the idea that USA v. Russia is some
kind of Cold War rematch. It’s like there was the 1972 Olympic basketball
final, the 1980 Olympic hockey game, and now this is the rubber match.
(Apparently nobody... Read More
The USA National Team has put beating Russia as the main benchmark for
judging this season; the game on September 15.
No one disputes that.
of our energy and all of our focus is on getting our bodies right and
getting ourselves mentally prepared to face Russia,” said USA captain Todd
Clever, who was outstanding against Ireland. “I was happy for the most part
with my... Read More