United States of America vs. Wales

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United States of America 4 lost to Wales 92

Match URL
Sunday, June 18th, 1995
Ursinus College (Philadelphia)
  United States of America Wales
  4 92

Match Stats

Halftime Score    

Match Scoresheet

Tries   Marcus Maffei   Keiron Cunningham (4)
        Adrian Hadley (3)
        Gareth Davies (2)
        Rowland Phillips (2)
        Mark Jones
        Jason Lee
        Ian Marlow
        Gavin Price-Jones
        Mark Sheals
        Ian Watson
        Dave Williams
Goals       Adrian Hadley (8)
        Iestyn Harris (2)


Fullback 1. Marcus Maffei 1. Gareth Davies
Wing 2. Lau Aafumanga 2. Gerald Cordle
Centre 3. Rob Balachandran 3. Gavin Price-Jones
Centre 4. Justin Coffman 4. Adrian Hadley
Wing 5. Ed Reid 5. Jason Lee
Five-Eighth 6. Duke Ieriko 6. Iestyn Harris
Halfback 7. David Niu 7. Gareth Stephens
Front Row 8. Fred Gruhler 8. Mark Jones
Hooker 9. Mike Dwyer 9. Keiron Cunningham
Front Row 10. Ravi Zacharias 10. David Young
Second Row 11. Doug Erickson 11. Rowland Phillips
Second Row 12. Geno Segers 12. Scott Quinnell
Lock 13. Jeff Preston 13. Paul Moriarty
Bench 14. Ryan McGough 14. Richard Webster
Bench 15. Keith Cassidy 15. Ian Watson
Bench 16. Mike Evergreen 16. Ian Marlow
Bench 17. David Bowe 17. Dave Williams
Bench 18. Jeff Eberle 18. Mark Sheals
Bench 19. Brian Leneghan 19. Mike Edwards
Coach       Clive Griffiths

Match Report

Rowland Phillips, who had ironically made his rugby union international debut against USA, played in both matches in Philadelphia: "It was a good run out for us before the World Cup. The whole squad played in both games and there were unlimited substitutions," he said. "But the standard of opposition that we were facing wasn‟t that good. They were physical, not particularly organised, they took more of an American Football type of approach and thought it would just be running hard. They didn‟t understand the physicality of the defence because they got a little irate with us. "The crowd was virtually nonexistent, as the games weren‟t promoted that well. They were played at a college field which had a running track around it. It wasn‟t like we were a visiting international side, it was like an obscure sport was visiting their shores, there wasn‟t much fuss. There were no formalities after the game, no official presentations, we just met up in a bar after the games, had a few beers and as many chicken wings as we could eat."

Phillips remembers some of the funniest moments from a tour that he says was marvellous for team morale: "We trained the day before the first game and the rain hammered down," he said. "Clive Griffiths turned round to place some more cones out and when he came back to the field, the entire squad had run under cover to shelter. I‟ve never seen Clive so angry in all my life. There was also the time when we all went out to a Chinese restaurant and they gave out the fortune cookies at the end. We were all asking each other what the little messages said but Paul Moriarty hadn‟t realised that there was a message inside and had eaten the whole thing!"

The America trip was meant to be Phil Ford‟s international swansong. The full-back was coming to the end of an illustrious career that saw him play for Wigan, Bradford, Salford, Warrington and Leeds as well as winning 13 Great Britain caps. He became a hero to all British rugby league fans in 1988 when scoring a length of the field try for the Lions as they beat Australia for the first time in 10 years. Ford was part of the 25-man travelling squad to the States but didn‟t get to play in either of the games due to a ligament injury. However he was given a more important role to play.

"I was the touch-judge," he said. "Only the referee was provided so each side had to provide a touch-judge and as I was injured, I was the man. Both games were easy wins for Wales so I didn‟t have too much to do, but during the second game a big fight broke out and us „officials‟ had to take charge. So I rushed onto the pitch and knocked a few of the boys on the head with my flag saying „You can‟t do that‟. That was what this tour was like - a good laugh all round."

Source: WalesRL.co.uk


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