The United States scored its second win in a row Saturday, beating Russia 28-7 at Allianz Park in London. The Eagles never trailed and were in control of the game almost the entire 80 minutes.
Chris Wyles opened the scoring on his Saracens home ground with a try off a counterattack from a Russian kick, and Samu Manoa, also familiar with the lay of the land having played there with Northampton, punched in a well-worked team try thereafter. Adam Siddall converted one of the two, giving the Eagles a 12-0 lead 26 minutes in.
Russia started the game with a competent pick-and-go approach, which saw them gobble up some time of possession, and the Eagles knocked on some good opportunities early before crossing the line. They stepped on their own toes a few more times to end the half up 12-0, when the lead could have been larger.
The USA extended its lead to 15-0 in the second half, with Siddall chipping in his first of three penalties, before Russia got its lone score of the day. That came in the 58th minute when a well-executed high ball and some poor American tackling allowed Russia to break through for a converted try, bringing it to 15-7.
Siddall banged over two more penalties in the third quarter of the game, pushing the lead to 21-7. And with time winding down, the Eagles took an attacking lineout off a penalty, which led to a Cam Dolan try. Converted, it gave the USA its 28-7 win.
The game was not streamed or available for live viewing outside of Allianz Park, but USA Rugby hopes to archive the game on its YouTube channel.
In other interesting news, Georgia beat Samoa 16-15 in Tbilisi.
Tries: Manoa, Wyles, Dolan
Cons: Siddall 2
Pens: Siddall 3