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Last Updated: Saturday, 4 June, 2005, 22:49 GMT 23:49 UK
USA 3-77 Wales
MATCH SUMMARY
Colin Charvis scored two tries in Wales' win over the US Eagles
USA (3) 3
Pens: M Hercus
Wales (42) 77
Tries: C Sweeney, C Morgan, N Robinson, K Morgan, J Thomas, C Charvis (2), M Phillips, T Selley, R Pugh
Cons: C Sweeney (11)
Att: 5,972
A weakened Wales side romped to a record 11-try victory over the USA.

A near faultless first half display saw Ceri Sweeney, Craig Morgan, Nicky Robinson, Kevin Morgan, Jonathan Thomas and Rhys Williams scoring fine tries.

Colin Charvis crossed twice either side of a Mike Phillips solo effort after the break, before Tal Selley and Richie Pugh marked their debuts with tries.

Sweeney converted all 11 tries while a Mike Hercus penalty was all the home fans had to cheer in Connecticut.

Despite the loss of 10 players on Lions duty, Wales quickly settled into the dynamic and expansive attacking play that epitomised their Grand Slam success.

Having been denied a try by a desperate American lunge in the opening exchanges, Sweeney found a clear way to the line soon afterwards following a Ryan Jones break.

Fly-half Robinson was the second Welshman to be denied by a last-ditch tackle in the left corner, but Craig Morgan then finished off a sustained period of pressure for a second early score.

A rare foray into the Welsh half yielded a penalty for the stunned Eagles on 16 minutes. Recent Scarlets signing Hercus slotted it over confidently.

But Wales hit back straight from the restart.

Phillips pounced on an American knock-on and sent Robinson under the posts with a perfectly timed flat pass.

The match began to resemble a practice session as the visitors cut through without an American hand being laid on them.

Kevin Morgan was the fourth tryscorer after a quickly taken penalty from Mike Phillips caught the home defence napping.

Wales flanker Richie Pugh scores a try against USA
Flanker Richie Pugh marks his first Wales cap with a try

Wales then showed they also had plenty of brute strength to go with heir silky skills as Jon Thomas was driven over from a line-out without too much resistance.

The supremely confident backs were at it again just before half-time as a intricate move which started on the halfway line was finished off by Rhys Williams in the right corner.

Sweeney added his sixth conversion to end a dominant and fluid Welsh first-half display.

Debutant Ben Broster came on for Adam Jones after 45 minutes and the Saracens prop made an immediate impact as his charge paved the way for Charvis to stroll over for Wales' seventh converted try.

Rhys Thomas replaced fellow debutant Matthew Rees as Wales coach Mike Ruddock began to ring the changes.

The new faces made no difference to the continuity as Phillips and Charvis crossed within two minutes of each other to take Wales' try count to nine before the hour mark.

Tal Selley then became the fifth new Welsh cap of the afternoon, while remaining replacements Ian Gough Andrew Williams and Matthew Watkins were also given a taste of the action.

Watkins was at the centre of the final two tires as his midfield breaks sent Selley and Pugh on their way to the tryline.

Despite being hopelessly outclassed, the Eagles kept persevering and their determination was almost rewarded with a try at the death.

Paul Emerick saw his chance to make a name for himself with a quick tap penalty, but the centre lost possession as he stretched for the line.


USA: F Viljoen; M Palefau, P Emerick, A Tuipulotu, D Fee; M Hercus, D Rowe, M MacDonald, M Wyatt, C Osentowski, A Parker, B Surgener, A Ryland, T Clever, K Schubert (capt), S Sika.
Replacements: M French for M MacDonald (72), M Mangan for A Parker (68), T Petruzzella for A Ryland (54), M Sherman for S Sika (75).
Not Used: M Griffin, P Galicz.

Wales: K Morgan; R Williams, M Taylor (capt), C Sweeney, C Morgan, N Robinson; M Phillips; D Jones, M Rees, A Jones, B Cockbain, L Charteris, J Thomas, C Charvis, R Jones.
Replacements: T Selley for K Morgan (55), M Watkins for M Taylor (69), A Williams for M Phillips (59), R Thomas for M Rees (50), B Broster for A Jones (47), I Gough for B Cockbain (63), R Pugh for R Jones (55).

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)




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