Saturday, February 17, 2018

USA v Chile: looking forward


USA men's Eagles look to run their unbeaten 2018 record to three and zero as they take on Rugby Chile, Los Cóndores, today in Fullerton on the campus of Cal-State. Kickoff at 3pm MST will see the Eagles third defense of their Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) won last spring in Argentina.

Thus far Los Cóndores have lost heavily to Argentina XV on the trot in Tierra del Fuego at Estadio Augustin Pichot last weekend and they opened their 2018 ARC account a fortnight ago with narrow defeat, 14-16, to Brazil at home in Santiago. The big, South American birds are flush in their backline, but nevertheless will have their work cut out for them as their hosts three-quartersline have begun to gel well. Ryan Matyas, who'd a brace of splendid scores against Canada, is hot right now, though he's not listed on today's roster nor is Glendale halfback Shaun Davies. Raptors engine, Ben Landry, gets a start in the combustion station, also the predators standoff-inside center combination of Will Magie at 10 and Bryce Campbell at 12 are fronting the first fifteen. The match may be viewed live via subscription at 3pm MST on  

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Uruguay, currently level with USA at 2-0-0, plays host to Argentina XV at Punta del Este in what is certain to be a loveless battle of attrition. Argentina will be looking to beat Los Teros by a bunch and then hope Uruguay will defeat the Eagles on the last weekend of the circuit, March 3, to stay in the running for the ARC trophy. Los Teros will look to continue the quest for their first ARC title by topping their old enemy this RugbyDay.

... and in the True North, Canada go against Brazil at Langford on Vancouver Island in what is shaping up to be a determinant contest about the basement. Brazil have a road win already this season and will like a pair as the Tupis are not numerically out of the running for the cup if they work their numbers right. Rugby Canada have a different outcome entirely in mind.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

USA v Canada: Round 2 of Americas Rugby Championship

Eagles made it two-from-two wins in Western Hemisphere's premier national tourney at Sacramento on Saturday by defeating their old enemy handily at Papa Murphy's Park in the California capital. a brace of first forty groundings, the first by Minnesota native, scrumhalf Nate Augsburger followed by blindside flanker Hanco Gemishuys' touch down had Eagles ahead 14-0 midway in the period after successful conversions by Glendale Raptors standoff Will Magie. Eagles were blanking their northern neighbors by stifling the True North's movements comprehensively when Canada threatened inside the US 22.

Canada dotted near time in the half  through the efforts of their own number 9, Phil Mack and formidable flyer, DTH van der Merve. The pair displayed swift, savvy and succinct ball transference to free fullback Pat Parfrey for his corner closing and wing Brock Staller's majestic conversion from near touch, and the lads broke for hydration and instruction with tallies of 14 and 7 in favor of the host XV.

As happened last weekend in the  Argentina victory, head coach Gary Gold's relief corps featured prominently in the win with Glendale's sizable lock Ben Landry applying considerable power in the combustion station pre-50 minutes and Raptors halfback Shaun Davies adding his zippy delivery to the backline. Wing Ryan Matyas dotted a brace of trys and Magie's replacement, Will Hooley, notched a penalty kick for a final record of 29-10 at referee Francisco Gonzalez' last blast.

     USA - try: Augsburger, Gemishuys, Matyas (2); Con: Magie (3); Pen: Hooley;
     Canada - try: Parfrey; con: Staller; pen: Staller;
Match Official: Cisco Gonzalez

Saturday, February 10, 2018

USA v Canada: Sacramento; 2.10.18

USA men's Eagles host Rugby Canada, Canada's national side, in the second stage of their title defense this afternoon (4pm MST) at Papa Murphy's Park in Sacramento. Only change in the side that came back ti top Argentina XV last weekend at StubHub Center, 17-10, is at outside center as St. Mary's star Dylan Audsley replaces Marcel Brache in the 13 jersey. Brache is off to Perth to work the pill for wealthy Oz miner Andrew Forrest and his NRC-contending WA franchise. Audsley's replacement on the pine is former BYU standout Josh Whippy who can fill any of the backthree back slots.
Canada pro DTH van der Merve, currently with Newcastle Falcons, will look to close maneuvers that cagey veteran halfback, Phil Mack, sets in motion.
A brace of Glendale Raptors, Will Magie and Bryce Campbell, feature in the starting fifteen, while high-voltage relief will be provided at # 9 and in the combustion room  by Raptors Shaun Davies and Ben Landry, resp, as.undefeated USA coach Gary Gold goes with five forwards and three backs on his relief roster
live on - YAY!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

USA v Argentina XVs - Match report

America v Argentina
A bit of wind though otherwise ideal weather conditions with temperatures in the mid-60s for kickoff at USA Eagles title defense of Americas Rugby Championship won last year on Argentine soil. USA claimed the premier Western Hemisphere rugby trophy on tournament points by drawing 27-all in the final match of the 2017 competition at Comodoro Rivadavia last spring. Argentina were keen to redress that result at the StubHub Center in Carson at yesterday’s gloaming.

Each side opened their innings with interior channel smashes that were well-contained interspersed with querying kicks long and lofty, though the boots were neither of sufficient height nor length to sustain possession. A yellow card issued at the sixth minute for Argentina’s inside center, Juan Cappiello would be the first of three in the opening half. The opposing flyhalves, American Will Magie, and his counterpart, Santiago González, traded non-productive shots on goal before Magie slotted a sticksplitting penalty goal from 30 meters out on the left post and it was USA 3, Argentina 0 in the 18th minute.
All on All in for kickoff at Carson on Saturday

Eagles loosehead, Titi Lamositele, picked up the second yellow ticket shown near the midpoint in the half and Argentina responded with a period of spirited play that saw their forwards probing deep into the Eagles 22 before penalty award and subsequent three-point goal by González drew scores at 3-all in minute 25.

USA backrow lock, Cam Dolan, picked up the final yellow card of a fractious first forty minutes and Argentina capitalized by sending its own 8man, Santiago Montagner angling over the paint for touch down after pickup from breakdown five meters out. Conversion by González from near touch and the visitors had a seven-point cushion, 10-3, at referee Chris Assmus’s halftime signal.

Overmuch and often errant kicking by both sides staggered flow of action in the first half. Each side would look to capitalize more fully on their possessions and establish clear and consistent advantage post-break; with Assmus going to pocket thrice during the period, fluidity fled the field at times, though physicality was ever evident.

Argentina opened the half, threatening deep in the USA territory closeby goal; Montagner stepped around, into and through a few would–be tacklers in the American business district ten meters from goal, en route to an apparent try, but a penalty levied for shepherding negated that fiver. A moment of brilliance from USA fullback Mike Te’o on a counter across midfield and beyond the travelers 10 meter line showed promise before knock-on killed that movement, but the home team with much better effect onset the second half.

Magie closed the gap to four in the 43rd minute with a penalty goal and 10-6 for Argentina then.
America’s relief corps began to take the field led by Glendale’s sparkplug scrumhalf Shaun Davies in the 55th minute and that infusive ignition resulted in a grounding by openside flanker Tony Lamborn at 59’; USA back in the lead only just with tallies of 11 and 10 closing on the hour mark.

More ball kept in hand and fine, countering, possession-maintaining function from the American backthree backs, led the razzling dazzle returns of #15, Te’o, and USA were looking dangerous, with purpose at breakdown and in the sets.

Magie went off, making way for Bedford Blues’ Will Hooley at the pivot, and the relief standoff slotted a brace of penalties for a 17-10 lead after driving a pair of tactical kicks directly to touch while ahead of the 22, which caused a bit of alarm on both occasions; but the US was up to the task of containment, turning ball over in determined defense to obtain relief.

With Eagles up by a converted try 17-10 and the sands running fast the glass, Argentina got right down to within meters of the American goaline, crossing yet failing to ground as the Eagles backbone set staunch and steadfast, denying their guests the dot that, with conversion, would have produced drawn scores; and USA held on for the victory at Assmus’ last blast


United States of America – Try: Lamborn; Pen: Magie (2), Hooley (2);
Argentina - Try: Montagner; Con: González; Pen: González;

Match Official: Chris Assmus

Friday, February 2, 2018

Eagles v Pumas - Carson, CA


USA Eagles open their defense of the Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) tomorrow at StubHub Center (formerly Home Depot Center) in Carson, a city within the Los Angeles Metroplex. Eagles host Argentina, long the top national squad in the hemisphere. Eagles claimed the title in Comodoro Rivadavia a city on the Western Hemisphere rugby powerhouse’s central coast 11 months ago. Eagles came back from deficit to draw, 27-the-house, with the Argentine XV and thus secured top spot in the top international competition this side of either pond.

Key to the outcome of Saturday’s match – kick’s at 6pm MST and can be viewed live on the Rugby Channel – will be the play of AJ MacGinty’s cover at standoff, Raptors #10 Will Magie. Magie replaces MacGinty due the Sale flyhalf’s knee injury sustained while playing professionally v Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership on the cusp of the New Year. MacGinty and medical team reckon he’ll return to duty April/May, which is better than the initial diagnosis that had AJ out for one year, plus. It’s time for Mr. Magie to seize this opportunity and stake his claim on the 10-shirt in a formidable and effective manner.

Raptors Shaun Davies rides the pine at kickoff in favor of #9, Nate Augspurger. Not much dif ‘tween the two, but Davies does have that sweet box boot…

Saracens Titi Lamositele is back in the first row at loosehead to link up with Worcester Warriors #2, Joe Taufete’e. Taufete’e displayed fine form in the last Test, a 20-21 defeat to Georgia in Tbilisi, grounding a brace of trys in the first forty and rocking support both at breakdown and in the sets.

Doncaster Knights engine, Nick Civetta, currently receiving instruction from Welsh defensive genius and Doncaster DoR Clive Griffiths, is primed for a breakout tomorrow, and he’s paired with NYAC’s Nate Brakeley in the propulsion laboratory.

Backrow forwards trio of Germishuys, Lamborn and Dolan will face off against the explosion of energy that is the Argentine scrum seal: fast, furious and looking to make a name for themselves.

Regards tomorrow’s competition: they are fit; they are well-coached in former Puma, Daniel Hourcade, and they, to a man, are looking to return the ARC trophy south of the equator. This is the match, mytjalies! I’m goin’… you goin’?

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Grins and Chagrins

2017 Grins and Chagrins

USA Eagles v Georgia Lelos: Tbilisi, 11.25.17

…the one that got away…
Perhaps the harshest rugby lesson of the year came during Autumn Tests, that period when Southern Hemisphere nations come north and Western Hemisphere test-XVs head east. Our men’s team had a pair of matches: the first against a German side, ranked 23 in the world, which had taken down #15 Romania, and the second versus the #12-ranked country on World Rugby’s chart, Georgia Lelos.
Eagles looked fine sporting a handful of Glendale Raptors on the starting squad in Wiesbaden on November 18, claiming a deserved, 46-17, triumph. The subsequent weekend in the Georgian capital was another affair entirely.
For down between the Greater and Lesser Caucasuses on the 25th of the month, the Eagles left the best chance for a rising in World Rugby’s ranks on the deck through shoddy defensive effort and errant goal-kicks in a match that was won by Lelos, 21-20. At times, it seemed tackling was a considered option rather than a fundamental and had MacGinty made one of his three misses, that’d have made for the win and certain ascendancy on the global table. Liking Davies at scrumhalf, though; real deal there!

…forward march…
USA Eagles men open the 2018 season with a five weekend, 5-match run squaring off against Argentina in the first round of the Americas Rugby Championship at the StubHub Center (formerly Home Depot Center) in Los Angeles (Carson) on Saturday, February 3 – I go, you go?

Then it’s Canada in Sacramento 2.10 and host duties of Chile in Fullerton (CA) on 2.17 before traveling to Brazil (2.24) and Uruguay (3.3), culminating in (ideally) the Eagles second ARC title in a row.

Friday, December 29, 2017

2017 Winding Down...

but Denver Barbarians, Kyle Hilyard, Carmine Hernandez and Jackson (l-r) were working the pill on the StoveTop at Infinity in preparation for the Barbos 2018 Spring Tour to SoCal where the'll play OMBAC and Belmont Shore the first weekend in February. Also on tap Saturday, February 3 in the south LA County City of Carson (13 miles south of downtown LA) at the StubHub Center (formerly Home Depot Center) will be the opening round of the Americas Cup that features defending champion USA Eagles squaring off against last year's runner-up, Argentina. The curtain raiser for the international sees Super Rugby SA Conference Stormers take on Bulls in what will most definitely be a fine warm-up derby for the South African squads... I'm goin', you goin'? No really

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