Eddie Jones’ Lions will play the US Men’s Rugby XVs in their second Pool C match of the 2019 RWC at the Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe City on the 26th of Sep, 2019 as from 19:45 local time. England are heavy favorites coming into this game but they will be wary of the Eagles who have been growing from strength to strength in the past few years. Whilst England will be hoping to bag maximum points, a USA win will highly catapult their credentials as an emerging rugby powerhouse on the global stage.
Previous Game Result
England beat USA 28-10 when these two sides previously met in the group stages of the 2007 RWC in Lens, France. England scored two tries in the closing 10 minutes of the 1st half after the Eagles had gone a man down. Jason Robinson and Olly Barkley crossed the whitewash for the lions with Barkley converting twice and adding two more penalties to give england a 21-3 lead at the interval. Tom rees added another try in the 2nd half and the Eagles had to wait into stoppage time for their only try from Matekitonga Moeakiola which was converted by Hercus to reduce the deficit to 18 points.
Head to Head
England’s Lions have played the US Men’s Eagles thrice in the Rugby World Cup, winning in all occasion. They beat USA in the maiden world cup by 34-6, 37-9 in 1991 at Twickenham, and most recently 28-10 in the 2007 RWC. Additionally, it is England that has inflicted the heaviest defeat on the Eagles (a 106-8 victory in London in 1999).
Eagles and Sale Sharks fly-half AJ MacGinty will be a player to watch in this game as he pulls the strings in the number 10 jersey while Will Hooley will be relishing a clash with his former ‘mates’ having come up in the English Rugby youth ranks. Additionally, Captain Blaine Scully will add pace in the wing as he looks to guide his side to victory over a Tier one side for the first time ever in a world cup match.
England, on the other hand, will be relying on the pace of Joe Cokanasiga and new recruit Ruaridh McConnochie as they look to unlock the American defence in Kobe. Owen Farrell will also be key in this game as the fly-half looks to move on from the 2015 WC blushes.
England has an impressive 70% win rate in world cup games with the 2003 winners having won 31 and lost 13 in 44 appearances. Additionally, they have averaged 31.34 points per game in all WC games while scoring 3.34 tries in each. On the contrary, the Eagles have a meagre 12% win rate in the intercontinental showpiece having won thrice and losing 22 times in 25 appearances. In addition to that, they have an average of 14 points scored per game while managing to score 1.48 tries per game on average. The Eagles managed to beat a Tier 1 Nation for the first time since 1924 when they beat Scotland 30-29 in 2018 June tests but England will pose a very different type of challenge.
Prediction : England to Win
England 38-15 USA