la tournée des champions d'europe
Posté 03 juin 2005 - 13:43
Composition des équipes des Etats-Unis et du Pays-de-Galles qui s'affrontent en test-match de rugby, samedi à Hartford (New York).
Etats-Unis: Francois Viljoen - Mike Palefau, Paul Emerick, Albert Tuipulotu, David Fee - Mike Hercus (o), Doug Rowe (m) - Todd Clever, Kort Schubert (cap), Andrew Ryland - Brian Surgener, Alec Parker - Chris Osentowski, Matt Wyatt, Mike MacDonald
Remplaçants: Mark Griffin, Mike French, Mike Mangan, Tony Petruzzella, Peter Galicz, Salesi Sika, Matt Sherman
Pays-de-Galles: Kevin Morgan - Rhys Williams, Mark Taylor (cap), Ceri Sweeney, Craig Morgan - Nicky Robinson (o), Michael Phillips (m) - Colin Charvis, Ryan Jones, Jonathan Thomas - Luke Charteris, Brent Cockbain - Adam Jones, Matthew Rees, Duncan Jones
Remplaçants: Rhys Thomas, Ben Broster, Ian Gough, Richie Pugh, Andrew Williams, Matthew Watkins, Tal Selley
Posté 05 juin 2005 - 09:40
WALES 77 - USA EAGLES 3
Grand Slam champions Wales continued their dazzling form with a record 77-3 win over the USA Eagles in Hartford, Connecticut.
Mike Ruddock's men ran in an awesome eleven tries without response with Dragons centre Ceri Sweeney notching up a 100 per cent record from the boot.
And the result, Wales' biggest ever against the US, makes it seven games unbeaten for the Six Nations title holders who now face Canada in Toronto next week.
Just five players remained from the Wales side that clinched their first Grand Slam in 27 years against Ireland at the Millennium Stadium back in March with Mike Ruddock's selection hit by Lions call ups and injuries. Grand Slammers Kevin Morgan, Adam Jones, Brent Cockbain and Ryan Jones were all in Ruddock's XV while Mark Taylor skippered the team on his 50th appearance for his country.
Scarlets hooker Matthew Rees made his debut at the Rentscher Field Stadium, an American Football venue, while Blues winger Craig Morgan made his first start since France back in 2003.
There was also a role for Nick Robinson to make up for a miserable season for the Blues fly-half, making his international return after missing the entire Six Nations with a mystery virus.
The Eagles, coached by former Pontypridd forward Tom Billups, were skippered by Robinson's Cardiff Blues teammate No. 8 Kort Schubert, with the kicking duties handed to record points holder and former Sale Shark Mike Hercus, who will join the Llanelli Scarlets next season.
But Wales, unbeaten since going down to New Zealand some five months ago, wasted little time in displaying their dominance when Ceri Sweeney dived over after just two minutes and 45 seconds. Having been denied a score within a minute by a last-ditch Eagles tackle in the corner, Sweeney made no mistake moments later when a break by No. 8 Ryan Jones left the Dragons centre with an easy walk-in for the try which he easily converted.
Craig Morgan was the next to benefit from Wales' early pressure as USA failed to cope with the speed of the Welsh movement, finishing off a sustained period of possession in the left-hand corner to seal a 12th minute score which Sweeney improved. Hercus got the hosts on the scoresheet with a 15th minute penalty but fly-half Nicky Robinson increased the visitors' lead when he made the most of a Mike Phillips break one minute later before Phillips' set up Kevin Morgan for a fourth converted try within 19 minutes.
The Eagles tried their best to force their way back in the game but a mixture of mistakes and tough Welsh tackling kept them at bay and after 34 minutes Wales had mustered up a fifth converted try thanks to a Jon Thomas push-over.
And the first-half rout of 42-3 was completed on the stroke of the whistle when Rhys Williams sped home into the corner after good work from Sweeney.
Ruddock made the most of the healthy lead by handing Ben Broster his debut, the Saracens prop replacing Adam Jones and immediately had a hand in setting up Colin Charvis for a 49th minute try, his 18th in 76 tests. Mike Phillips made an 80 metre run-in look all-too-easy as he sped home on 54 minutes before Charvis extended his record further with a simple try three minutes later for Wales' ninth score to be converted by Sweeney.
And the game was wrapped up in convincing fashion as Scarlets' Tal Selley finished off a breakaway try on 78 minutes to make it a debut try for the replacement before fellow replacement Richie Pugh took his first test try in injury time and allow Sweeney to make it eleven out of eleven from the conversion and make it a personal tally of 27.
USA - Francois Viljoen; Mike Palefau, Paul Emerick, Albert Tuipulotu, David Fee; Mike Hercus, Doug Rowe; Mike MacDonald, Matt Wyatt, Chris Osentowski, Alec Parker (Mike Mangan 75), Brian Surgener, Andrew Ryland (Tony Petruzzella 55), Kort Schubert (capt), Todd Clever. Replacements: Mark Griffin, Mike French, Peter Galicz, Salesi Sika, Matt Sherman
WALES - Kevin Morgan (Tal Selley 56), Rhys Williams, Mark Taylor (Cpt) (Matthew Watkins 70), Ceri Sweeney, Craig Morgan, Nicky Robinson, Mike Phillips (Andy Williams 60); Duncan Jones, Matthew Rees (Rhys Thomas 50), Adam Jones (Ben Broster 48), Brent Cockbain (Ian Gough 62), Luke Charteris, Jon Thomas, Colin Charvis, Ryan Jones (Richie Pugh 56).
Pens - Hercus.
Tries - Sweeney, C Morgan, Robinson, K Morgan, Thomas, Williams, Charvis 2, Phillips, Selley, Pugh; Cons - Sweeney11
Posté 05 juin 2005 - 09:54
Posté 12 juin 2005 - 14:03
Match corect de sa part, avec notament une superbe prise dans les airs (et ce n'est pas un vain mot!) a deux mains.
A noter un match assez ''engagé'' tout de même. Les coéquipiers de Cudmore jouant assez dur. Notament un seconde latte dénommé Luke Tait.