The John Mitchell of USA Rugby started in a 35-35 tie to Argentina in the opening match of Americas Rugby Cup. Houston native Taku Ngwenya helped power the Eagles with a try and was instrumental in the match versus Argentina.

The game plan of the US was to limit the set piece prowess of Argentina and minimize counters. What the Eagles did not count on, particularly early in the match, were penalties by the normally disciplined Pumas. James Bird, one of six new US starters, converted on a couple of penalty kicks in the match.


Ngwenya was efficient on both ends during the duration of the match, making several key tackles and bringing a lot of energy to the squad. Part of that was the excitement of playing for the Eagles at home, part was playing for the new coach. That energy also transferred to another Houston native, Kingsley McGowan in the 56th minute. McGowan made a terrific tackle that prevented an Argentina try, which kept the Eagles in the match and eventually kept the match even,

USA rugby next travels to Austin to face Canada on February 13th for the next leg of Americas Rugby Cup.