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Hyde leads England RU Counties XV in New York rematch
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08 June, 2008 19:08
Hyde leads England RU Counties XV in New York rematch

Otley flanker Dan Hyde will lead the England RU Counties XV in their rematch with a USA Select XV in New York tomorrow night (June 9).

The side shows a number of changes to that which won the opening game 27-3 on Friday and the challenge facing Hyde and the new combination is to match or better the earlier performance and stake claims for inclusion in the line-up that will take on a a Canada Select XV on Friday (June 13) in what is being earmarked as the Test match of the trip.

Tomorrow’s starting team shows 11 changes as the management ensure that everyone is given a chance to challenge for a Test place, which puts the onus of the former England flanker to help the new combination to gel into an effective unit.

“The reputation of the England Counties brand is growing from season to season and the American guys here are really loving having us because we’re promoting grass roots rugby in a continent that isn’t really recognised for the sport." says Hyde: “Its been a fantastic trip so far and the professionalism of the operation is as comparable to anything I’ve ever been involved in.I’ve captained most of the sides I’ve been involved in at some point, so that won’t be an issue for me tomorrow.

“The management have put the Canada game as being the main focus and everybody is plugging for that and wants to be involved. Players have either got one or two opportunities to show what they can do and get into that match. I’ve got one and I want to take it as much as everybody else in the team.

“My message will be that it is important to look good as a team rather than as individuals, so if we all do our own jobs well and attend to the basics, we’ll all have a better chance to impress.

One man he can rely on the deliver on that front is Tynedale prop John Williams. His tour chance was almost denied him before he got on the plane when he suffered a severe dead-leg helping Northumberland to win the County Championship Shield against Cornwall the day before the team flew to the USA and he has been involved in a desperate battle to be fit to play tomorrow.

England Counties XV (v USA Select in New York, Monday, June 9, 2008): B Coulbeck (Cheshire/Manchester); T Jarvis (Gloucestershire/Stourbridge), A Wilson (Cheshire/Manchester), J Duffy (Lancashire/Waterloo), O Brennand (Lancashire/Fylde); R Wainwright (Yorkshire/Manchester), J Doherty (Lancashire/Wharfedale); J Williams (Northumberland/Tynedale), P Du Plessis (Lancashire/Sedgley Park), S Pape (Somerset/Cornish All Blacks), D Collier (Middlesex/London Welsh), D Hyde (Yorkshire/Otley) capt, M Denbee (Somerset/Plymouth Albion), S Moss (Lancashire/Manchester).

Replacements: L Wordley (Staffordshire/Henley), P Boulton (Warwickshire/Bedford Blues),M Owen (Cheshire/Manchester), J Kellard (Essex/Blackheath), N Jones (Warwickshire/Coventry), G Beasley(Northumberland/Tynedale),n O Winter (North Midlands/Moseley).

Re: Hyde leads England RU Counties XV in New York rematch
England News (IP Logged)
10 June, 2008 10:34
England Counties complete USA double

USA Select XV 16 England Counties 31

The England RU Counties XV successfully completed the second leg of their three-match tour to North America and Canada tonight when they gained their second win in four days over a USA Select XV in New York, but if they are to fulfil their ambition of finishing their tour unbeaten, they will need a sharp improvement in their final game against a Canada Select XV on Friday (June 13) in Chatham, Kent.

The Counties were hoping after their initial success that even with 11 changes to their line-up, with more care and application they could produce a more impressive victory. Instead it was the host side that found a significant improvement, with all the elementary blemishes that plagued them in the opening game being transferred to the tourists.

The Counties led 10-9 at half-time despite struggling to make an impact against a side that were clearly determined to avenge the earlier defeat, scrum-half James Doherty scoring after a fine burst by wingman Tom Jarvis and fly-half Richard Wainwright landing the conversion and a penalty as centre Mike Graham keeping his side in contention with three penalties.

The Counties sought to shift the focus of their effort in the second-half and take the home side on up front, a policy which was to play dividends eventually, but not before the USA delivered a scare with a fine solo try by wingman James Gillenwater, a real flier on the left flank who left a handful of players in his wake in a blistering 65-yard burst for a try that Graham converted.

Trailing 16-10, the Counties again found, as they had in the opening game, that the cavalry from the replacements bench served them handsomely.

They flexed their muscles up front and regained the lead on 64 minutes when lock Stephen Pape was driven over from a lineout maul, Wainwright converting from wide out. Wainwright then nipped smartly through an opening from close range after more forward bludgeoning and replacement hooker Liam Wordley wrapped up the try scoring with the fourth from another driving maul, Wainwright converting all three for a 16-point tally.

“It was a sporadic performance,” said coach Dave Baldwin: “We played well in patches but didn’t string enough passages of play together. I was pleased that having gone behind we stuck in there to claim a win that turned out to be quite comfortable in the end.

“We’re not helping ourselves by making a lot of mistakes and giving penalties away by not adjusting to the referee quickly enough. We’re putting ourselves under pressure with bad decision making and silly penalties.

“It was a solid performance rather than a crisp and classic affair. When we got back into the lead we started throwing the ball about again, which seemed the reverse of what we should have been doing. That’s a bit of a worry.”

The Counties XV can look back in a successful first ever trip to the USA and travel to Canada tomorrow (Tuesday, June 10, 2008), where there is plenty of remedial work to deal with.

USA Eagles A: J Naqica (San Francisco Golden Gate); S Rafferty (NYAC), N Rogers (Life University), M Graham (Glendale), J Gillenwater (Belmont Shore); S Peterson (Chicago Lions), T Usasz (Nottingham); M Kernen (Belmont Shore), P Thiel (Olympic Club), W Johnson (Olympic Club), D La Prevotte (San FranciscoGolden Gate), J Wolfgramm (Belmont Shore), J Stencel (Carlotte), P Dahl (Belmont Shore), R Pretorius (Cal-Berkeley) capt. T: Gillenwater. C: Graham. P: Graham 3.

England Counties XV: B Coulbeck (Cheshire/Manchester); T Jarvis (North Midlands/Stourbridge), A Wilson (Cheshire/Manchester), J Duffy (Lancashire/Waterloo), O Brennand (Lancashire/Fylde); R Wainwright (Yorkshire/Manchester), J Doherty (Lancashire/Wharfedale); J Williams (Northumberland/Tynedale), P Du Plessis (Lancashire/Sedgley Park), S Pape (Somerset/Cornish All Blacks), D Collier (Middlesex/London Welsh), D Hyde (Yorkshire/Otley) capt, M Denbee (Somerset/Plymouth Albion), S Moss (Lancashire/Manchester).

Replacements used: L Wordley (Staffordshire/Henley), P Boulton (Warwickshire/Bedford Blues),M Owen (Cheshire/Manchester), J Kellard (Essex/Blackheath), N Jones (Warwickshire/Coventry), G Beasley(Northumberland/Tynedale), O Winter (North Midlands/Moseley). T: Doherty, Pape, Wainwright, Wordley. C: Wainwright 4. P: Wainwright.

Referee: C Henshall (USA)

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