Twitter Read more Washington DC team to enter Major League Rugby ‘no later’ than 2020 Scotland rugby union team Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Facebook Reuse this content AJ MacGinty breaks to set up what would be the USA’s winning try. Photograph: David Gibson/Fotosport/REX/Shutterstock HR McMaster on rugby: ‘The warrior ethos is what a good team has’ After another MacGinty penalty, Scotland hooker George Turner scored a try – his fourth in his last two tests after a hat-trick against Canada – which gave his team a 21-6 lead. The Worcester hooker Joe Taufete’e’s first try immediately before half-time kept the USA in the match at 24-13 and the hooker scored again to make it 24-20 at the start of the second spell.The US hit the front for the first time, 30-24, with Germishuys’ try with 20 minutes to go. After an exchange of kicks, MacGinty made a break and linked with the flanker who scored.The Eagles found themselves mainly on defense through the last quarter but kept Scotland at bay until Fife dived over out wide. There was elation when Kinghorn’s kick faded wide of the posts, giving the USA its first win over a major rugby power. US sports Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Read more USA rugby union team Share on Messenger Rugby union Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The Eagles, now coached by former Worcester coach Gary Gold, took the lead for the first time with a try to the flanker Hanco Germishuys in the 60th minute. Germishuys plays professionally elsewhere in Texas, for Austin Elite in the new Major League Rugby competition. MLR players and those based overseas made this the most experienced Eagles team in the pro era, and a tough challenge for a Scotland team missing – though not entirely without – its established stars.Eagles’ fans had their hearts in their mouths on a hot Houston night as the US, leading 30-24, repelled wave after wave of Scottish attacks in the final quarter. There was hope the home team had secured victory as they led by six points when the full-time siren sounded.Dougie Fife scored an injury time try but Blair Kinghorn missed the conversion from out wide. Scotland had won all five previous Tests between the nations.Scotland came into the test in confident mood after a 48-10 win over Canada but aware the USA would pose much stiffer opposition after Americas Rugby Championship wins over and Argentina XV, Canada, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay and a heavy win over Russia in their first June international.Coach Gregor Townsend made 12 changes to his lineup, handing debuts to George Horne and Matt Fagerson and giving Jamie Bhatti, Lewis Carmichael, Luke Hamilton, Adam Hastings and George Turner their first starts. Full-back and double British Lion Stuart Hogg was captain for the first time, in his 61st Test. Topics Pinterest Scotland made a dream start when Kinghorn touched down after only two minutes and converted his own try for a 7-0 lead. The USA fly-half AJ MacGinty – employed by Sale in England – narrowed the lead with a penalty before Scotland went further ahead with a penalty try. Horne was denied a try on debut by a high tackle by the Eagles’ Toulon No8 Samu Manoa, who was sent to the sin-bin and Scotland led 14-3. news … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… The USA rallied from 21-6 down in the first half and 24-13 at half-time to grab their first win over any tier-one international team, by a single point in a thriller.
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Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Read more Rugby World Cup 2019 Saracens Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Rugby union news Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share via Email Eddie Jones insists England must find another level to claim the World Cup against South Africa on Saturday – despite producing one of the greatest performances in their history to defeat the All Blacks.England will seek to avenge their 2007 World Cup final defeat against the Springboks after South Africa’s 19-16 win against Wales in the semi-final on Sunday. Jones was adamant his players cannot be satisfied with their campaign unless they finish the job. Jones has also warned his players he may make changes to his side, suggesting he could break up the George Ford-Owen Farrell axis again.The coach has already been forced into a change with Willi Heinz ruled out because of a hamstring injury and Ben Spencer called up in his place. The Saracens scrum-half, who has just three caps, was due to arrive in Japan on Monday and, with Ben Youngs the only other No 9 in Jones’s squad, he seems certain to make his World Cup debut in the final. There also remain lingering concerns over Farrell and Jonny May, both of whom suffered dead legs against the All Blacks, while Kyle Sinckler and Anthony Watson were also due to be further assessed on Sunday. England rugby union team Despite their injury worries, England will go into the final as the favourites, having inflicted New Zealand’s first World Cup defeat for 12 years, and having done so in dominant fashion. It was a sixth career victory for Jones over the All Blacks – his first with England – and while he is contracted to the Rugby Football Union until 2021 the clamour in Australia for him to return and take over the Wallabies grew louder on Sunday.After Wales’s elimination Warren Gatland could not resist one last dig at England, suggesting that they may have peaked too early. “We have seen teams play their final in the semi-final and don’t turn up for the final,” he said. “We will see what England do.” Jones is determined to ensure that does not prove to be the case and, while England have moved to the top of the world rankings for the first time since 2004, the message from the head coach was clear. “We want to be the best in the world and we’re not,” said Jones, who was in attendance to watch South Africa beat Wales alongside his assistant John Mitchell. “We’re not going to be satisfied until we’re the best in the world. We’re going to have to find another level and it’s definitely there.“We’ve got to play better next week. It’s about making sure no one gets too far ahead of themselves and this team has got no reason to, because we haven’t achieved what we want to achieve. All it’s done is give us another week in the competition.”Ford and Farrell finished the match as England’s joint top tacklers and while the captain sustained his injury in the first half, Jones said he did not contemplate replacing him. “I think you would have needed a samurai sword to get him off!”Ford took over the kicking duties and was on target with four penalties following his recall to the side. He was omitted for the quarter-final victory over Australia with Farrell preferred at fly-half and a centre pairing of Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade, and Jones hinted he may change tack again. “[George and Owen] defended well but next week is another situation,” said Jones. “We’ll look at how we need to play and what the opposition are going to bring to the party and then we’ll decide on selection.”England are due to return to central Tokyo today for their final preparations and will move into the same hotel the Springboks stayed in last week. England have already beaten Argentina, Australia and New Zealand and are bidding to complete the Rugby Championship set.“It’s just another week,” Jones said. “The mindset you create during the week is very important. And it’s about not inventing shadows. Everywhere you look, there are shadows, so you have to make sure you are looking at the right shadows. We’ll have a couple of days of recovery. We’ll get stuck into work on Tuesday.”