The USA Men’s 15s team only had to score a converted try at the end of their game with the Argentina XV to win the Americas Rugby Championship.
They did that, putting David Tameilau over under the posts and having Ben Cima slot to kick to get a bonus-point tie, just enough to win it all. The thing is, nobody knew that was going to be enough.
The USA Men’s 15s team seemed to have their game against the Argentina XV in hand, and then they didn’t.
Two yellow cards and two penalty tries turned a 15-3 lead into a 17-15 deficit … a deficit that ballooned to 27-15 before the Argentineans were done.
In something of a shock result, the USA has won the Americas Rugby Championship, taking the team's first major 15s international tournament win since the 1924 Olympics.
A little over a year ago a very green USA team tied a pretty young Argentina XV 35-35 in the opening round of the new-look Americas Rugby Championship.
The USA did what was required in Santiago, dispelling the demons of a 2002 loss to Chile and defeating the Condors 57 to 9 Saturday in Americas Rugby Championship Round 4.
The USA improves to 4-0 in the ARC, matching Argentina XV and setting up a winner-take-all clash in Comodoro Rivadavia next week.
The USA Men’s National Team overcame a somewhat sloppy first half and patiently waited out a hard-tackling Brazil team to win 51-3 Saturday night at Dell Diamond Stadium in Austin, Texas.
The win puts the Eagles at 2-0 in the Americas Rugby Championship, and earned the USA a much-needed bonus point in th ARC standings.
It of course wasn’t pretty, but rarely is a game against Uruguay pretty.
The USA Men's National 15s team has beaten Uruguay 29-23 in a tense Americas Rugby Championship game in San Antonio Saturday.
The USA Men's National 15s team will kick off Saturday afternoon against Uruguay in San Antonio with history on their side.
The USA Selects endured about 55 minutes of being the second-best team Wednesday, only to finish off much the stronger and pull out a 47-37 comeback win over Canada A in the Americas Pacific Rugby Challenge in Uruguay.
JD Stephenson did, by all accounts, a remarkable job in getting the USA U20 team ready to play Canada.
Never mind that the Junior All Americans won the game, just think on the fact that had Ben Cima’s final kick not made it over, it would still have been 18-16, and a very close contest.
The USA U20s have qualified for the World Rugby Junior Trophy with a wild and improbably 19-18 victory over Canada.
While there were several good performances in the game, the hero had to be flyhalf Ben Cima, who kicked four penalty goals, including the game-winner with no time left, from about 52 meters away.