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 pool play match for USA in Vancouver was against Australia to determine the winner of Pool C. For the second tournament in a row, the USA Eagles headed into their third match 2-0 and having already secured a spot in the cup quarterfinals. Unlike against England last weekend, though, the Eagles never let Australia into the match. The final was 29-5, and USA head into the cup... Read More
USA faced New Zealand in the bronze medal match in Las Vegas in a thriller that ended with the Eagles winning on the final play of the match. The wind introduced an element of chance and chaos to the match, but in the end it was a simple pass to Andrew Durutalo that sealed the bronze medal for the Americans, 19-15.
USA has now won five of the last nine matches against New Zealand.
The wind... Read More
It was a turbulent day two for the USA Men in Las Vegas. Things looked great for a while, then terrible for a while, and then great again. The day wrapped up on a definite high note as the Eagles headed off to rest and prepare to play South Africa in the cup semi-finals.
In their first match, which was their final pool play match, they gave up a lead against England and lost in the last play of... Read More
After falling to New Zealand 7-12 in the cup semi-finals, the USA Women’s 7s had the chance to play Canada in the bronze medal match of the Las Vegas 7s. This was a tough matchup for USA. This is the second tournament in a row in which these two sides finished with a match against each other—the teams last played in the Sydney cup final. They had gone head-to-head 14 times with Canada winning 12... 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
Things went just about as well for the USA Men on Friday in Las Vegas as they could have. They are all-but through to the cup quarterfinals after two wins from two matches, beating Samoa 24-12 and Chile 31-0.
Danny Barrett was one of the standouts tonight. He scored three tries against Samoa and another against Chile. “It might be the best I’ve ever played,” said Barrett, in a manner that... Read More
In their second match at the Las Vegas 7s, the USA Women faced Spain. Both Spain and USA entered the match 0-1, with USA losing to Ireland and Spain falling to Fiji. The Eagles played a strong second half and won 22-7.
USA regathered Alev Kelter’s opening kick and were immediately in Spain’s 22. Kelly Griffin went to the short side from a ruck and passed to Katherine Zackary who went into the try... Read More
The Las Vegas 7s opened with the USA Women taking on Ireland. Ireland came back from a second half deficit and won 24-21.
After the first two rounds of the Women’s World Series, the USA entered the weekend in sixth place in the standings, but with momentum from a cup finals appearance at the last stop in Sydney. Ireland were in ninth place, though they have shown the ability to beat anyone and... 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