Rugby World Cup 2011 started in the coastal North Island city of New Plymouth, at Stadium Taranaki. Russia’s team debuted and ended in defeat as they were outplayed by the USA.
” In horrendous weather conditions, the Eagles had too much muscle and too much pace for their inexperienced opponents”, press said.
Russia were looking to defeat the USA for the first time in their history. Yury Kushnarev kicked Russia’s first World Cup points from a penalty.
The Eagles continued to bludgeon away at Russia’s defence for the rest of the half but the fact Russia’s defence held firm would have been some comfort to their director of rugby, former Wales captain and Sale head coach Kingsley Jones.
Finally USA team won 13:8.
Australia – Played 1 Won 1 Points 5
Ireland – Played 1 Won 1 Points 4
USA – Played 2 Won 1 Points 4
Russia – Played 1 Won 0 Points 1
Italy – Played 1 Won 0 Points 0
Russia: Klyuchnikov, Ostroushko, Rachkov, Makovetskiy, Artemyev, Kushnarev, Shakirov; Grachev, Fatakhov, Antonov, Voytov, Prishchepenko, Korshunov (captain), Popov.
Replacements: Botvinnikov (for Popov, 73), Byrnes (for Antonov, 60), Gresev (for Garbuzov, 58). Not Used: Tsnobiladze, Khrokin, Yanyushkin, Kuzin.
USA: Wyles, Ngwenya, Emerick, A. Suniula, Paterson, R. Suniula, Petri; Johnson, Clever (captain), Stanfil, Smith, Van der Giessen, Moeakiola, Biller, MacDonald.
Replacements: Scully (for Paterson 38), Usasz (for Petri 67), Pittman (for Moeakiola 39), LaValla (for Johnson 66). Not Used: Thiel, Danahy, Malifa.