If you actually know me, then you should know by now that the Rugby World Cup is going on right now in the lovely country of New Zealand. If you don't, then you are probably not my friend. Earlier today the United States clashed in a battle versus Russia and managed to come away with a 13-6 victory. The win over Russia marks only the third win in RWC for the United States.
American scrumhalf Mike Petri proved to be the difference maker in the match, scoring the game's lone try in the 18th minute after a beautifully executed pass from inside center Andrew Suniula. This victory comes on the heels of a tremendous American effort put forth in their 22-10 loss against Ireland. No one in their right mind expected the United States to pull out a victory against strong Shamrock side, but the relative closeness of the score shows that USA rugby is on the up and up. Next up for the American side is an incredibly tough bout against the Wallabies of Australia, a team that was within two points of making the semifinals at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. The USA Eagles will then finish up pool play against a scrappy Italian side.
The United States will need more than their fair share of help in order to finish in the top two of their group (USA, Ireland, Australia, Italy, Russia) and advance to the quarterfinals, but hope still exists. They will have to win out against Australia and Italy, rack up several tries in the process, while simultaneously hoping that mountains of poor fortunes fall upon the Shamrocks and the Wallabies. Should all of that fall into place, the Eagles might be looking at a spot in the quarterfinals. Dare to dream.