USA defeat scoreless Russia

Date published: June 26 2016

Six AJ MacGinty penalties helped the USA to a 25-0 victory over Russia at Bonney Field in Sacramento on Saturday.

MacGinty kicked six penalty goals and converted the home side's only try which was scored by Mike Te'o. 

The win means that the USA extend their unbeaten record against Russia to seven matches since 2004.

Todd Clever was in impressive form in his record-breaking 68th appearance for the Eagles.

John Mitchell's men enjoyed the territorial advantage with James King and Tony Lamborn playing an integral part in their second caps for the home side by dominating the breakdowns.

Lamborn's physical prowess at the set pieces resulted in the home side receiving an early penalty which MacGinty slotted. 

The playmaker doubled the advantage after Russia strayed offside, only a few minutes later taking the score to 6-0.

A true testament to the clinical defence from the home side as they kept a spirited Russia attack at bay, with the visitors setting up a few promising attacking phases.

MacGinty added three more penalties before the break as the players headed into the paddocks with the home side firmly in the lead on 15-0. 

The scoring frustration continued for the visitors which was dealt a blow in the 48th minute when Andrei Garbuzov saw yellow, but the home side failed to add any points against a 14 men side. 

Replacement Langilangi Haupeakui's powerful runs made an immediate impact and added his weight on defence, that helped to set up the only try of the match in the 65th minute. 

MacGinty's slick handling skills allowed the pivot to offload to an inside running Mike Te'o. The right wing beat one defender and burnt the defence to dive over for his third career try before MacGinty added the extras to take the final score to 25-0.

The scorers:

For USA:
Try: Te'o
Con: MacGinty
Pens: MacGinty 6

For Russia:
Yellow Card: Garbuzov

USA: 15 Will Holder, 14 Mike Te'o, 13 Thretton Palamo, 12 Shalom Suniula, 11 Blaine Scully (c), 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Nate Augspurger, 8 Cam Dolan, 7 Tony Lamborn, 6 Todd Clever, 5 Nate Brakeley, 4 James King, 3 Chris Baumann, 2 James Hilterbrand, 1 Titi Lamositele
Replacements: 16 Joe Taufete'e, 17 Ben Tarr, 18 Angus MacLellan, 19 Harry Higgins, 20 Langilangi Haupeakui, 21 Stephen Tomasin, 22 Chad London, 23 Luke Hume

Russia: 15 Ramil Gaisin, 14 Denis Simplikevich, 13 Kirill Golosnitskiy, 12 Dmitry Gerasimov, 11 Vasily Artemyev (c), 10 Yury Kushnarev, 9 Rushan Iagudin, 8 Anton Rudoi, 7 Pavel Butenko, 6 Viktor Gresev, 5 Denis Antonov, 4 Andrei Garbuzov, 3 Evgeny Pronenko, 2 Evgeny Matveev, 1 Alexey Volkov
Replacements: 16 Nazir Gasanov, 17 Azamat Bitiev, 18 Vladimir Podrezov, 19 Evgeny Elgin, 20 Danila Chegodaev, 21 Alexey Shcherban, 22 Evgeny Kolomiitsev, 23 Anton Ryabov

Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Chris Assmus (Canada)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)