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New Zealand Blacks stomps Team USA in 1874 inaugural 1874 Cup 104-14

For the first time ever the USA Men’s National Rugby Team hosted the New Zealand All Blacks in the inaugural 1874 rugby cup. This is the second time the All Blacks have played in the U.S. and they’re considered the most successful Rugby team in the world.

The USA Eagles came out today ready to fight and pull off an upset, that wasn’t the case on Saturday. The All Blacks came out and performed the Haka, which is traditional in New Zealand to start the match off. Right out the gates the All Blacks scored in the Try zone like a cake walk. Within nine minutes of the first half, the All Blacks would go up 19-0. The Eagles had no stop for the All Blacks on the outside as they continued to score in the try zone. When the Eagles looked to have a chance to stop the All Blacks, Fly Half Richie Mo’unga got the ball on the lateral and ran it into the try zone to put the All Blacks up 40-0. What seemed like a blowout in the first half came to an end with the All Blacks being up 59-0, USA Eagles Scrum Half Nate Augspurger in dramatic finish runs in the try zone to finally get the eagles on the board to end the half 59-7.

The second half was about the same results of the first half with the All Blacks cruising by the Eagles like a Varsity vs JV game. Towards the final 20 minutes of the second half, the USA Eagles fought their way down field to get a second try this time by Left Wing Ryan Matyas making the score 73-14. That would be the last time we see the Eagles score again as the All Blacks ran the score up and ended the match with the final score 104-14. This win by the New Zealand All Blacks would go down as their second win in five years against the USA Eagles in the Inaugural 1874 Cup.

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