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Eagles Fly High Over Germany

In a fine performance this afternoon the USA Eagles completed a 46-17 win over Germany in Wiesbaden. The victory was the 6th of the year for the North Americans. With it they have a record of 6 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in capped internationals this year.

The Eagles started the game as favorites and would not disappoint. Yet in the early exchanges the North Americans missed out on a chance to open the scoring. AJ MacGinty was unsuccessful with a 5th minute penalty attempt.

The Germans made the Eagles pay for the miss. They responded by putting phases together, driving deep into Eagles territory. Pressure was on the Eagles after a kick through from Germany saw them trapped just ahead of the line.

A turnover from scrumhalf Shaun Davies resulted in the opening try. The benefactor was Ayron Schramm who turned the error into the game’s first five pointer. Raynor Parkinson added the conversion to give Germany a 7-0 lead after 12 minutes.

The USA responded to open their account, doing so through MacGinty. His penalty was cancelled out smartly by Parkinson.

MacGinty cut the deficit back to four points with his second penalty. Captain Blaine Scully then got into the action, crossing for a 39th minute try. The Cardiff Blues winger was in position to finish off a set piece attack from a lineout. With MacGinty adding the conversion the Eagles took a 13-10 lead into half time.

In the second half the Eagles took flight. Joe Taufete’e barged over shortly after the interval. The Worcester hooker’s score was converted by MacGinty to open up a 10 advantage.

The score proved decisive as the Eagles were able to kick on and pile the pressure on the Europeans. Davies went over from close range while MacGinty combined with Ryan Matyas with a well-directed grubber kick to put the winger over. MacGinty converted both scores, giving the Eagles a 32-10 lead.

There was more to follow. Scoring next was MacGinty, doing so from inside center. He made the move to the midfield following the injection of replacement flyhalf Will Magie.

Germany hit back through Wynston Cameron-Dow. The outside center went over, touching down near the corner flag. With Parkinson’s conversion the scores stood at 39-17.

Playing the better rugby, the USA fittingly had the final say. Replacement hooker Peter Malcolm added his name to the scorecard and MacGinty added the extras, finishing with a personal haul of 21 points.

Both the USA and Germany return to the field next weekend. The Eagles will do so away to Georgia. Germany are to have home advantage against Chile.



Tries – A. Schramm (12’), W. Cameron-Dow (71’)
Cons – R. Parkinson 2/2 (13’, 72’)
Pens – R .Parkinson 1/1 (23’)

USA 46
Tries – B. Scully (39’), J. Taufete’e (43’), S. Davies (48’), R. Matyas (62’), A. MacGinty (65’), P. Malcolm (79’)
Cons – A. MacGinty 5/6 (40’, 44’, 49’, 66’, 80’)
Pens – A. MacGinty 2/3 (16’, 26’)


1 Julius Nostadt (19 Jörn Schröder 56’), 2 Dasch Barber (16 Mikael Tyumenev 63’), 3 Samy Füchsel (18 Antony Dickinson 74’), 4 Michael Poppmeier (20 Adam Preocanin 77’), 5 Eric Marks (20 Adam Preocanin 72’-77’), 6 Sebastian Ferreira, 7 Jaco Otto (24 Marcel Henn 56’), 8 Ayron Schramm, 9 Sean Armstrong (capt.) (21 Pierre Mathurin 72’), 10 Christopher Hilsenbeck, 11 Marcel Coetzee, 12 Raynor Parkinson (22 Jamie Murphy 74’), 13 Wynston Cameron-Dow, 14 Mathieu Ducau, 15 Hagen Schulte (25 Steffen Liebig 72’)

1 Olive Kilifi (17 Huluholo Mo’ungaloa 72’), 2 Joe Taufete’e (16 Peter Malcolm 60’), 3 Dino Waldren (18 Paddy Ryan 60’), 4 Greg Peterson (20 John Quill HT), 5 Nick Civetta, 6 Ben Landry, 7 Tony Lamborn, 8 Andrew Durutalo (19 Cam Dolan 72’), 9 Shaun Davies (21 Nate Augspurger 63’), 10 AJ MacGinty, 11 Ryan Matyas (22 Will Magie 63’), 12 Bryce Campbell, 13 Marcel Brache, 14 Blaine Scully (capt.), 15 Mike Te’o (23 JP Eloff 72’)



Referee: Brendon Pickerill (NZRU)
Assistants: Ben Whitehouse (WRU) & Vlad Iordachescu (FRR)

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  • Martin Burke

    The Eagles’ slow start made me nervous, but they certainly were dominant from around minute 35 onward. Am curious why Peterson was subbed out so early – injury? And maybe we’ll finally see Manoa next weekend vs Georgia?

    • Nico Christo

      They were not considering Germany seriously. In Tbilissi, it will be rather different. It was certainly wise to spare Manoa.