USA Eagles defeat Romania 27-17 and depart Bucharest with a solid win

The Eagles struggled to get much time with the ball in hand due to the strong play of Romania in the scrum and maul

Via usarugby.org  BUCHAREST, Romania – Taku Ngwenya returned to the Men’s Eagles with a try Saturday in a 27-17 defeat of Romania. The Biarritz winger made his first appearance with Mike Tolkin’s team since the IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Qualifier series against Canada in August 2013. In the fourth minute of the match at Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf, Ngwenya brushed off two defenders deep inside the Eagles’ half and sprinted away from the remaining 13 to dot down in the corner.

“The first try gave us much-needed momentum,” Tolkin said. “They were pressing us and we turned that around with Taku’s try. They were deflated for a while.”

In a productive half for the Eagles’ young fly half, Adam Siddall successfully kicked his first conversion from the touch line to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead. On the other side of the pitch, Siddall’s opposite number, Florin Vlaicu, had already missed a penalty-kick attempt but gave Romania three points with a successful kick in the ninth minute.

The Eagles struggled to get much time with the ball in hand due to the strong play of Romania in the scrum and maul, but they did not give their opponent much territory.

It was not until the 21st minute when the visitors created the next scoring opportunity, albeit through a penalty. Vlaicu missed his second of three kicks to keep the Eagles’ lead at 7-3. The Eagles struggled to get much time with the ball in hand due to the strong play of Romania in the scrum and maul, but they did not give their opponent much territory. It was not until the 21st minute when the visitors created the next scoring opportunity, albeit through a penalty. Vlaicu missed his second of three kicks to keep the Eagles’ lead at 7-3.

Romania did manage to threaten inside the Eagles’ 22 in the 26th minute, but was undone by a knock and lost scrum.

A forced line-out inside Romania’s half three minutes later set up captain Todd Clever for a barging run. The Eagles swung the ball to the opposite side of the field and back again to Clever on the wing, where he waited for the perfect offload to Tim Stanfill, who…  Read More>