Thursday, February 23, 2012

Paul Emerick spare tackle on Olly Barkley

The United States of America had a good campaign at Rugby World Cup 2007. Despite not winning a match the USA Eagles prevented England from scoring a bonus point and came very close to defeating Samoa. The North Americans performed below par vs both Tonga and South Africa as both matches took place four days after the above mentioned games. The USA was never 100% due to the short turn-arounds but nevertheless did score some good tries, such as Taku Ngwenya´s try vs South Africa which was voted try of the year. As a result the USA felt it did not put in the performances that it should have and key members of USA Rugby felt that their team should have defeated both Tonga and Samoa.

One of the key reasons for not playing as well as possible was the loss of key back and the teams most high profile player of the time, Paul Emerick.  The then Welsh based outside centre had his World Cup ended in the first match of the campaign as he put in an ugly tackle on England´s Olly Barkley. He was yellow carded for what was a red card tackle and subsequently suspended for the rest of the tournament. The tackle merited suspension but the unforunate thing for Emerick and the USA was that it occured with time up on the clock.

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