USA Eagles
22 8
Māori All Blacks
59 26
Men's Eagles  @ Soldier Field
November 3, 20185:15 pm CDT
The Rugby Weekend
Referee:  Karl Dickson
FloRugby

Men's National Team defeated by Mãori All Blacks in fierce battle at Soldier Field

CHICAGO, IL. - The U.S. Men's National Team played to win the game, that much is certain. But regardless of what the scoreboard states, the quality of the fight within the 80-minutes of play showed much more than the final 22-59 result in favor of the New Zealand Mãori. 

The Mãori All Blacks were deadly from the start, scoring immediately on the kickoff for an early seven points. The United States bit back right after, with a penalty goal slotted by Will Hooley to bring his side back. 

Skillful with exploiting open space, the Mãori won their second try with a gap on the right flank, taking another soon after on a long pass to their prop who lined up on the wing. Two significant runs from Ryan Matyas and Dylan Audsley were stopped short on penalties after, forcing the United States men to miss crucial opportunities. 

While scoring from the New Zealand side was rampant there were clear chunks of time where the Men's Eagles brought a frustrating level of pressure on their opponent. 

A running maul pushed both teams to the five-meter line with the Mãori drawing back-to-back penalties before Ash Dixon was handed the first of three New Zealand yellow cards. 

The Men's Eagles continued to threaten deep past the New Zealand side's 22, forcing space inch-by-inch before a dangerous tackle on Shaun Davies drew another yellow card for the Mãori. 

With the sizeable advantage, the USA saw fit to send Ryan Matyas flying down the wing with the ball for a critical score just before the half, 8-26. 

Play resumed in the same way it originally started with the Mãori punishing an open gap for another try, 8-31. The Eagles remained patient, however, knowing the match was still within their reach regardless of what the scoreline and time clock indicated. 

Patient movements allowed the American squad to keep pushing the ball past the gain line but a turnover gave the New Zealand side a chance to make their way to the half. The Eagles' opposition scored, turning the tables of frustration on a U.S. side still unwilling to go quietly. 

In an unfortunate sequence, a loose Mãori ball tossed possession back into U.S. hands. Hungry for the drive, ready for a try, the Men's Eagles tossed the ball wide and saw it immediately intercepted by the New Zealanders. Breaking free and scoring again, the Americans were then down 8-45. 

A brilliant moment captured audiences next when newcomer Tim Maupin -- who was rostered late after an injury to Nate Augspurger -- hung patiently on the wing for an offload from Will Magie.  

Magie took the drive from Dylan Fawsitt running rapidly down the middle-edge before passing to Maupin on an incoming tackle. With defenders drawn to Magie, Maupin had the perfect opening to drive in and score his first-ever Eagle try, 15-45. 

The New Zealand side was called for another yellow card shortly after. 

The Men's National Team would have one more shining moment before all was said and done at Soldier Field. 

Ruben de Haas with a precision at the scrum, pulled the ball and tossed it to Ryan Matyas. Matyas,  knowing he had nowhere left to go, passed it back to de Haas who made a split-second toss to Cam Dolan for the score, 22-45. 

While the scoreline may have seemed one-sided, the Mãori All Blacks were clearly challenged by their U.S. counterparts. 

Regardless of a few crucial moments of hardship, the New Zealanders sparked two more tries to make the final score 22-59. 

The U.S. Men's National Team has ended their 8-game win stream but still maintains an unbeaten record in test matches. As the Mãori side is a developmental extension of the senior All Blacks, the Eagles will have every opportunity to regain their balance.

Many key players look to return to the fold over the course of the next three weeks with test matches set against Samoa (Nov. 10), Romania (Nov. 17) and Ireland (Nov. 24). 

Until then, the Eagles return to their huddle, regroup as a unit and prepare for the long journey ahead. 

The match against Romania will be broadcast LIVE on FloRugby with broadcast info for the others confirmed closer to date. 

U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF

Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach | Shawn Pittman
Assistant Coach | Greg McWilliams 
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan 
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison 
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Team Doctor | Angelo Savino (Maori All Blacks) 
Team Doctor | Matthew Schmitz (Samoa)
Team Doctor | Richard Kim (Romania & Ireland)
Massage Therapist | Aimee Kern (Maori)
Massage Therapist | Daliah Hurwitz (Samoa, Romania & Ireland)
Team Manager | Chris Hanson
Assistant Team Manager | Kevin McCorry

U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM SCHEDULE

vs Maori All Blacks | 22-59

vs Samoa
Sat, Nov. 10 | 12:30 PM ET
Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastian, ESP

vs Romania
Sat, Nov. 17 | Time TBA
Ghencea Stadium, Bucharest, ROU

vs Ireland
Sat, Nov. 24 | 1:30 PM ET
Aviva Stadium, Dublin, IRE

*Times subject to change.