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Tuesday Sep 1, 2015

Harlequins beat the USA Eagles in historic once off game in Philadelphia

Harlequins beat the USA Eagles in historic once off game in Philadelphia

The United States hosted Harlequins this past weekend in a World Cup warmup match in Philadelphia. The experience of ‘Quins paid off in the end, as they prepared for the upcoming Premiership season, while the Eagles get ready for Pool B at the RWC.

The visitors scored three tries to the two of the hosts, as flanker Luke Wallace scored a brace.

The USA scored a lovely try after a neat break by flyhalf AJ MacGinty, but they couldn’t contend with the Harlequins power up front, particularly from the rolling maul.

Not too much should be read into the 24-19 result, however the USA will need to lift as they face far stiffer competition later this month, as South Africa, Scotland, Samoa and Japan wait.

“We’re playing the game in the right parts of the field, we’re clearing pressure well,” Eagles Coach Tolkin said. “We’re getting opportunities. That’s been pretty consistent with us this summer, but we have to work hard to make those opportunities count.

“Guys got some good mileage under their belt. That’s a big part of going into the World Cup. We’re going to be hit with obstacles and you have battle through them. And that experience today helped us grow a little bit.”

The Eagles host the Wallabies in Chicago next, another tough test ahead of the tournament.

In related news, former USA skipper Todd Clever, now out of favour with the current USA Eagles coaching setup, has been called up to play for the Barbarians. They face Worcester Warriors next weekend. The BaaBaas will be coached by Carlos Spencer.

Highlights below, and you can view the full match on the next page


  • 2:48 PM 02/09/2015

    It was on ESPN3 and streamed online for free, but you have to be a Comcast customer or subscribe to a tv service on their list and it streams for free.

  • drg
    6:27 PM 01/09/2015

    Whether or not you agree or disagree with the try, the commentary was ridiculous... "If you break it down frame by frame" is that detrimental? If you see air between the hand and the ball in 1 frame, then technically he has lost control of it and it's left his hand....


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