The Eagles had possession of the ball with a chance to beat Japan in the
closing minutes of their 20-14 loss Sunday in Tokyo. Coach Eddie O’Sullivan
believes that if his Eagles had more possessions in the second half, prior
to the final one ended by a knock, perhaps they’d have come away
“I think we defended very well, particularly in the second half,” he said,
“and if... Read More
Japan edged the USA 20-14 in the final pre-World Cup warmup for both teams
Sunday evening at Prince Chichubu Stadium in a heavy rain.
Both teams ran
out less than full-strength sides as they tried to test a few more players
just a few hours before the announcement of their final World Cup squads.
And both teams struggled with the wet ball on a rainy evening, but in the
end Japan... Read More
The USA leads Japan 14-8 at halftime of their Sunday evening match at
Prince Chichubu Stadium in Tokyo.
Despite Japan looking far more dangerous on attack, the USA has held much
more of the ball, and two broken play tries from Kevin Swiryn are the
The pressure obviously hangs on USA flyhalf Nese Malifa.
Despite some positive elements to his game – his passing has been accurate,
he has showcased some outstanding defense, and he can still sidestep his
way out of trouble – the USA #10 has not delivered in one of his primary
goals – placekicking.
Malifa missed two eminently makeable penalties... Read More
Pati as a 2010 All American. Ian
Kelm as 2010 All American. Ian
Lambert playing 15s for Life.
Pat Clifton photo
Jones in action for SMC. Mike
Dave Martini making a tackle for... Read More
Are there really answers?
the USA struggled to figure out how to convert line breaks, half-breaks,
pressure, and an outstanding platform in the lineout into more than one try
against Canada. USA captain Todd Clever was left shaking his head.
“We had the ball enough, we had territory enough, we put phases together
enough. We just didn’t break their defense, and... Read More
The USA v. Canada game was rife with USA scoring chances.
Here’s our count of the best scoring opportunities:
A box kick by Tim Usasz was well followed up on by Blaine Scully,
forcing a holding-on penalty. Nese Malifa took a short range penalty from
the right side, and missed.
The USA takes a lineout... Read More
Andrew Suniula. Numina
van der Giessen. Numina
Todd Clever. Numina
Despite numerous threats at the Canadian try line, the Eagles mustered just
one touch down in their 27-7 loss to Canada Saturday at Infinity Park in
“I’m proud of the... Read More
The first half of the Eagles rematch against Canada Saturday in Glendale,
Colo. was reminiscent of the bulk of the game in Toronto a week earlier
-- the Americans got the better of possession and phase play, but
some critical errors led to a Canadian advantage.
Canada scored first when American hooker Chris Biller made a line break and
John van der Giessen bobbled the ball at the... Read More
Both the USA and Canada have made a few changes for Saturday’s
2nd-straight test match, and the changes can give us some
insight into what each coach is thinking and what the game will be
about.USA: Four starters from last week are out: Mate Moeakiola,
Phil Thiel, Mike Petri and Kevin Swiryn.
Three of these changes are obviously Eddie O’Sullivan wanting a direct
comparison... Read More