The USA Rugby Men’s Eagles defeated Germany 46-17 at Brita Arena in Wiesbaden on Saturday, November 18. The USA entered the match ranked 17th, while Germany was 22nd. Live broadcasts were available on sport1 in Germany and on The Rugby Channel in the United States.
The match against Germany was the first of the Eagles two match November tour. They play the 12th ranked Georgia on November 25 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
A match preview of the Germany vs. USA match was published earlier.
Germany vs. USA Match Recap
The USA Men’s Eagles had the first scoring opportunity in the match in the 5th minute, however, AJ MacGinty’s penalty kick was not struck cleanly and went wide right.
Germany attacked through several phases and chipped ahead with the USA recovering the ball at their 5 meters. With the Eagles under pressure, the ball was stripped from Shaun Davies and German No. 8, Ayron Schramm barrelled over for a try. Raynor Parkinson converted and Germany had a 7-0 lead in the 12th minute.
The USA attacked from the restart with Ryan Matyas having a long run. When Germany was penalized inside their 22 meters, the Eagles elected to narrow the gap through an AJ MacGinty penalty kick.
Raynor then added a penalty kick several minutes later to increase the lead to10-3.
The Eagles took the ball from the restart and went through multiple phases and Germany was again penalized. MacGinty put the ball through the uprights and the score was 10-6 in favor of Germany.
The Eagles took their first lead of the match in the 39th minute from a lineout 5 meters out and mauled. They then spun the ball wide left and Eagle captain Blaine Scully added the USA’s first try. MacGinty converted from touch and the USA closed out the first half with a 13-10 lead over Germany.
Second Half: Germany vs. the USA
Germany claimed the MacGinty kick to begin the second half, but soon turnover the ball. After several phases of an attack, Joe Taufete’e added the second Eagles try after Shaun Davies nearly scored. MacGinty again slotted the ball and the Eagles led 20-10.
This provided the momentum that the Eagles needed as Shaun Davies added a try after a lineout in close and after MacGinty’s conversion the score was 27-10. A MacGinty grub to Ryan Matyas resulted in a try in the corner to increase the score to 32-10.
Will Magee game into the match at flyhalf and MacGinty shifted to inside center. The combination was effective as Magee offloaded to MacGinty for a try, which he then converted to lead 39-10.
Unfortunately after this, The Rugby Channel experienced technical problems and the try by Germany’s Winston Cameron-Dow in the corner was missed. Raynor Parkinson slotted the conversion to narrow the score to 39-17. That would be the final scoring by Germany, however, the USA still had one more to go.
In the closing minutes, Germany’s Michael Poppmeier knocked heads with a team-mate in the breakdown. He was removed from the match for a possible concussion and it is hoped that he is well.
The closing score by the USA came off a lineout about 8 meters out and Peter Malcolm added an Eagles try. MacGinty added the conversion with no time on the clock for a 46-17 win.
Both the USA and Germany had strong platforms for their lineouts and scrums. When given the option to Germany for a scrum or lineout, Germany always opted for the former. Germany had an excellent cover defense and repelled a few USA scoring opportunities in the first half.
In the second half, the momentum swung to the Eagles and they took control of the match. The Eagles had several scoring opportunities and they capitalized on most.
The Eagles now move on to face Georgia, who has a dominant pack. They proved that in the narrow 13-6 loss to Wales.
Germany: 1 Julius Nostadt, 2 Dasch Barber, 3 Samy Füchsel, 4 Michael Poppmeier, 5 Eric Marks, 6 Sebastian Ferreira, 7 Jaco Otto, 8 Ayron Schramm, 9 Sean Armstrong (capt.), 10 Christopher Hilsenbeck, 11 Marcel Coetzee, 12 Raynor Parkinson, 13 Wynston Cameron-Dow, 14 Mathieu Ducau, 15 Hagen Schulte 16 Mikael Tyumenev, 17 Anthony Dickinson, 19 Jörn Schröder, 20 Adam Preocanin, 21 Pierre Mathurin, 22 Jamie Murphy, 24 Marcel Henn 25 Steffen Liebig
USA Men’s Eagles: 1 Olive Kilifi, 2 Joe Taufete’e, 3 Dino Waldren, 4 Greg Peterson, 5 Nick Civetta, 6 Ben Landry, 7 Tony Lamborn, 8 Andrew Durutalo, 9 Shaun Davies, 10 AJ MacGinty, 11 Ryan Matyas, 12 Bryce Campbell, 13 Marcel Brache 14 Blaine Scully (capt.), 15 Mike Te’o 16 Peter Malcolm, 17 Huluholo Mo’ungaloa, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Cam Dolan, 20 John Quill, 21 Nate Augspurger, 22 Will Magie, 23 JP Eloff