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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Eagles Name Starters To Face Canada


As expected head coach Gary Gold has only made one change to his line-up as his team takes on Canada on Saturday. An injury to Marcel Brache means he won't play and in his place comes Dylan Audsley. That is expected as well after Audsley came on for Brache on Saturday. With Audsley moving into the starting line-up Josh Whippy moves to the bench. The rest of the team remains exactly the same, as it should given their strong performance last week.

Forwards: Titi Lamositele, Joe Taufete'e, Dino Waldren, Nate Brakeley, Nick Civetta, Hanco Germishuys, Tony Lamborn, Cam Dolan

Backs: Nate Augspurger, Will Magie, Ryan Matyas, Bryce Campbell, Dylan Audsley, Blaine Scully (C), Mike Te'o

Bench: James Hilterbrand, Huluholo Moungaloa, Angus MacLellan, Ben Landry, Andrew Durutalo, Shaun Davies, Will Hooley, Josh Whippy

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9 comments:

  1. I keep wanting to like Augie at 9, but Davies just adds so much more life and speed to the line up. Augs always seems to take an extra step, an extra moment, an extra beat on decision making, that allows for such things as sloppy, non-directed box kicks and tipped-off passes. I find myself eventually rooting for him to hang on and not screw up until the sub's come in.
    He's got a great motor, great heaet, and doesn't shy away from critical tackles, but tends to drift out of position, necessitating those critical tackles sometimes.
    I'd swap him and Davies starting, and see what happens .

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    1. I would have to totally disagree with the notion that Davies adds more for this team. He's just a deliverer(some coaches like that in a #9). He has no threat and his box kicks don't compare to Nate's. Nate has shown that when he sees an opportunity to take it forward himself, he will. And the defense he brings is unmatchable. Mitchell was a great coach that recognized a player that does whatever he can to get a win. I think Gold is just following a good coaches lead or maybe he's figured it out also.
      Nate Augspurger is good at wing only because he is such a thinker and is so experienced in the game.
      Nate deserves the start and I would bet if Scully is out,Nate would be captain.

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  2. I have to agree about Augspurger. He is a great asset on the wing, but seems like a liability at #9. I would really like to see Ruben de Haas get a run out. He seems like he's got more potential than anyone else on the radar at the moment.

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  3. Is the Psalm Wooching experiment still going?

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  4. I believe Psalm is in camp, but he's more likely to see match time on the South American leg of the ARC when (I'm guessing) some of the pros will head back overseas.

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  5. Shaun Davies deserves to start at #9 instead of coming off the bench (yet again). Nate was a liability against Argentina and has been for most matches in which he scrumhalves. He is much more dynamic and explosive on the wing. I had hoped that Gold would see past the Mitchell bias of starting Nate for nearly every match.

    This is totally off topic, but can someone please tell me what ever happened to Zach Test? I have never heard of an injury update since he left the pitch against Uruguay.

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    1. Yes please someone (USA Rugby) fill us all in on what the injury was and what he went through. I thought it was sad that USA Rugby did not make any further statements about the injury or his recovery...Test is a Eagle for the ages. The leading 7s try scorer until Baker just surpassed him. Come on!

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    2. Zach Test had a major concussion in 7's rugby which required a recovery in a hospital. He is done. Too bad. Good player and good for growing rugby.

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    3. I thought I heard also that Test had some type of bleeding or something that required urgent surgery. Is that right? Something urgent happened based on the comments made about fast treatment and diagnosis by the trainers. USA Rugby could have better communicated what happened so everyone could learn from this type of injury, what to look for, what to do, etc. Yes, glad though he is ok now and also sad he is done. A great guy and player.

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