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  1. USA hold on to deny Russia

    USA hold on to deny Russia

    The United States won the battle of the World Cup minnows as they beat debutants Russia 13-6 in their Pool C clash in New Plymouth. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Russia
    • United States
    • 80' Russia 6-13 USA - FULL-TIME! The last roll of the dice for Russia but the ball goes forward and the USA hold on for victory.
    • 79' Clever penalised for a late charge and a Russia penalty. Should have been a yellow card but it is a Russia put-in at the scrum 25m from the line.
    • 78' Victor Gresev charges down the left, he is looking for support with Russia into US territory.
    • 77' Russia 6-13 USA - A change of kicker and Konstantin Rachkov makes the penalty to set up a grandstand finish.
    • 76' Another penalty for Russia as the US are penalised for not releasing the ball.
    • 75' Paul Emerick penalised for not rolling away. But Kushnarev misses touch by a distance when he could have pinned the US deep into their own 22.
    • 74' Great read at the line-out from John van der Giessen but Usasz' kick is straight into touch to hand Russia another chance.
    • 73' Alexander Khrokin on for Sergey Popov.
    • 72' Partial redemption from Kushnarev with a great kick into the corner.
    • 71' Kushnarev should have taken advantage of that moment of ill discipline but he misses his penalty attempt from in front of the posts.
    • 70' A confrontation between Clever and Byrnes and the US stalwart is penalised 10m.
    • 69' Roland Suniula penalised for not rolling away and line-out ball on the US 22 for Russia.
    • 68' Great pressure from Russia but the US fly back clear and the men in red lose about 20m.
    • 67' Tim Usasz on for Petri at scrum-half for the US.
    • 66' Width from Russia but too much of a flat line and they are unable to get over the goal line. Shakirov knocks on.
    • 65' Scott LaValla replaces Nic Johnson.
    • 64' A 10th handling error from the US and Russia are on the front foot inside the Eagles' 22.
    • 63' Russia 3-13 USA - Finally Wyles makes a kick and the US extend their lead to 10 points.
    • 62' Australian Adam Byrnes aims to make an impact off the bench, he is on for Denis Antonov.
    • 61' Russia offside and now Wyles has a chance in front of the posts.
    • 60' USA take the line-out and drive inside the Russia 22 once more but Wyles misses the drop goal attempt from in front of the posts.
    • 59' Another US penalty as Vladislav Korshunov is slow to release the tackler.
    • 58' Victor Gresev replaces Andrey Garbuzov.
    • 57' Wyles's third miss as his penalty attempt hits the upright.
    • 56' Penalty to the US as Klyuchnikov holds onto the ball in the tackle.
    • 55' Great scrambling defence from Russia however and they survive.
    • 54' Russia fail to find touch and Andrew Suniula charges through two tackles to within inches of the line.
    • 53' Great lines from Andrew Suniula and quicker ball from the US before Wyles's grubber through is gathered by Klyuchnikov 5m from his own line.
    • 52' Wyles takes a high ball superbly but no support although a good kick puts Russia inside their own 22.
    • 51' England's Dave Pearson penalises Petri for not a straight put-in at the scrum.
    • 50' Matekitonga Moeakiola is now wearing 26 after his spell in the blood bin in the first-half.
    • 49' Vasily Artemyev is hit hard by Leeds' Mike MacDonald and the US gain some respite.
    • 48' Good spell for Russia who are pinned inside the US half.
    • 47' Another ambitious penalty attempt from Kushnarev drifts wide.
    • 46' Rampaging run from Vladimir Ostroushko and a cross kick from Kushnarev but Takudzwa Ngwenya gets there first and denies Igor Klyuchnikov touching the ball down for a famous try.
    • 45' Roland Suniula kicks the ball straight into touch under no pressure and Russia have line-out ball inside the US half.
    • 44' The rain has eased and the US switch the ball from one flank to another but good counter rucking from the Russia and an impressive turnover.
    • 43' The US work the ball down the right but Russia are penalised for offside and they are pegged inside their own half.
    • 42' Super kick from Russia and a sliding Roland Suniula carries the ball into touch. These conditions might favour the Europeans.
    • 41' The second-half begins as the players are met with driving rain in New Plymouth.
    • 40' Russia 3-10 USA - Half-Time! Russia finish the half, as they started, with a flourish but ripped away from Clever. Everything to play for in the second period.
    • 40' Shawn Pittman replaces Matekitonga Moeakiola who has blood pouring from his head.
    • 39' Russia have their best ball for a while inside the US half but Sergey Popov knocks it forward.
    • 38' James Paterson is holding his ribs and is replaced by Blaine Scully.
    • 37' It is nine minutes to one in favour of the USA in terms of time spent in the opposition 22.
    • 36' Forward pass from Roland Suniula at halfway, another handling error from the Eagles who have had 60% of the territory.
    • 35' Not pretty at the moment. Russia are visibly tiring.
    • 34' A bit of patch-up work for US prop Matekitonga Moeakiola who needs treatment for a cut.
    • 33' Takudzwa Ngwenya on a break down the right but a third handling error from the US - however they are having most of the ball.
    • 32' In terms of world rankings, this is 18 v 19 with USA just ahead.
    • 31' Relatively straightforward kick at goal for Wyles but he hooks it wide of the posts.
    • 30' The US continue to apply pressure and Denis Antonov is penalised for not rolling away.
    • 29' A shanked kick and US line-out inside the Russia 22.
    • 28' Hard straight run from Emerick, held up by Alexey Makovetskiy 10m out but good counter rucking from Russia who win put in at the scrum.
    • 27' Eventually a knock-on from Chris Biller. Dogged Russian defence.
    • 26' US unable to generate fast ball but eventually the ball is worked to the left, they are through 10 phases.
    • 25' Russia collapse the scrum and the US go for the kill with line-out ball 5m from the line.
    • 24' Todd Clever crashes his way through tackles and down to the Russia 22 before the ball is worked to the left wing and it is US scrum in a dangerous position.
    • 23' Wyles' kick at the post is ambitious and drifts wide of the left upright.
    • 22' Penalty to the USA as Vladimir Ostroushko is penalised for offside.
    • 21' Russia 3-10 USA - Wyles adds the extras.
    • 20' Russia 3-8 USA - A cracking try. Good line-out drive and fantastic support play from former Sale man Petri to cross between the posts.
    • 19' Mike Petri crosses the line for a try but Pearson refers it upstairs.
    • 18' Russia have lost the three fixtures between the countries since 1988, although the margin of defeat has decreased on each occasion, in 2004 they lost by 30 points, 2010 by 17 and 2011 by seven.
    • 17' Artem Fatakhov penalised for not releasing the tackler, cheap infringement to give away when Russia were in good shape.
    • 16' Russia work the ball wide and couter attack, a nice grubber kick through and US line-out 5m from their own line.
    • 15' No problems this time for captain Vladislav Korshunov with the put in at the line-out but the US regroup only to kick the ball straight to Vasily Artemyev. Russia ball at halfway.
    • 14' Another USA steal at the line-out, maybe some Cold War spying on the calls at training.
    • 13' New Zealand born James Paterson charges down the right but the USA are penalised as Suniula leaves his feet.
    • 12' Vyacheslav Grachov, who turned 38 in April, is the oldest player at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He will be feeling the strain, a furious tempo early on.
    • 11' Russia 3-3 USA - And Saracens' Chris Wyles levels the scores with a confident kick.
    • 10' John van der Giessen steals the line out and a good break and offload from Paul Emerick before Russia are penalised for offside.
    • 9' The US pack is 13kg heavier, 894-881, and although they win clean ball, Roland Suniula's kick straight into touch puts the US back under pressure in their own half.
    • 8' Russia have only won once in four previous meetings between the sides, it came in their first encounter, a 31-16 win in Moscow in 1988.
    • 7' Kushnarev is out on the left touchline, some 55m from the posts, and his penalty attempt falls well short.
    • 6' Russia, like Georgia last night, hitting everything that moves and US second row Louis Stanfill is penalised for going in from the side, allowing a long-range effort at the posts for Kushnarev.
    • 5' Good spell of possession for the US, working the ball across to both flanks but Russia have lineout ball inside their own 22.
    • 4' Russia are the 25th nation to compete in a Rugby World Cup.
    • 3' Russia 3-0 USA - Great start for Russia as Yury Kushnarev makes the penalty.
    • 2' Mike Petri's kick is charged down and Andrey Garbuzov charges to within 4m of the line before Russia win a penalty in front of the posts for the tackler not releasing.
    • 1' And the match begins.
    • 08:27 The teams are out for the anthems.
    • 08:25 USA: 15-Chris Wyles, 14-Takudzwa Ngwenya, 13-Paul Emerick, 12-Andrew Suniula, 11-James Paterson, 10-Roland Suniula, 9-Mike Petri, 8-Nic Johnson, 7-Todd Clever (captain), 6-Louis Stanfill, 5-Hayden Smith, 4-John van der Giessen, 3-Matekitonga Moeakiola, 2-Chris Biller, 1-Mike MacDonald
    • 08:25 TEAMS: Russia: 15-Igor Klyuchnikov, 14-Vladimir Ostroushko, 13-Konstantin Rachkov, 12-Alexey Makovetskiy, 11-Vasily Artemyev, 10-Yury Kushnarev, 9-Alexander Shakirov, 8-Vyacheslav Grachev, 7-Artem Fatakhov, 6-Andrey Garbuzov, 5-Denis Antonov, 4-Alexander Voytov, 3-Ivan Prishchepenko, 2-Vladislav Korshunov (captain), 1-Sergey Popov.
    • 08:20 Today's referee is England's Dave Pearson. More on Dave Pearson
    • 08:15 New Plymouth is the major city of the Taranaki Region on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Find out more about Stadium Taranaki
    • 08:10 Captain Todd Clever expressed extreme pride after the United States produced a sterling defensive by holding Ireland to a commendable 12-point winning margin in their opener on Sunday. The lowly ranked American side, who have only one two World Cup games out of 17, produced one of their better World Cup displays to lose 22-10. USA team guide
    • 08:05 "I'd like to think that we are not far behind the likes of Canada and USA," Russia team director Kingsley Jones said of his squad's mental state on Wednesday. "Hopefully we can catch up, starting tomorrow (Thursday) night of course." Russia team guide
    • 08:00 Russia will need to contain their nervous energy as they make their World Cup debut, the last team to appear at the tournament in New Zealand, when they face the United States in their Pool C clash in New Plymouth.
  • Summary

    Russia versus United States
      Tries Petri 19’
      Conversions Wyles 19’
    Kushnarev 3’, Rachkov 78’ Penalties Wyles 12’, 64’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Russia

    Manager: Nikolay Nerush

    On the Field

    • Popov Substitution Out (73′)
    • Korshunov
    • Prishchepenko
    • Voytov
    • Antonov Substitution Out (61′)
    • Fatakhov Substitution Out (59′)
    • Garbuzov
    • Grachev
    • Shakirov
    • Kushnarev
    • Ostroushkov
    • Makovetskiy
    • Rachkov
    • Artemiev
    • Klyuchnikov

    Subs

    • Yanushkin
    • Kuzin
    • Khrokin
    • Gresev Substitution In (59′)
    • Botvinnikov Substitution In (73′)
    • Byrnes Substitution In (61′)
    • Tsnobiladze

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • United States

    Manager: Eddie O'Sullivan

    On the Field

    • MacDonald
    • Biller
    • Moeakiola Substitution In (42′) Substitution Out (40′)
    • van der Giessen
    • Smith
    • Stanfill
    • Clever
    • Johnson Substitution Out (67′)
    • Petri Try Substitution Out (68′)
    • Suniula
    • Paterson Substitution Out (38′)
    • Suniula
    • Emerick
    • Ngwenya
    • Wyles

    Subs

    • Malifa
    • LaValla Substitution In (67′)
    • Usasz Substitution In (68′)
    • Thiel
    • Pittman Substitution In (40′) Substitution Out (42′)
    • Danahy
    • Scully Substitution In (38′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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