But that didn't make the match any less entertaining. Especially if you were on twitter or other social media, observing the reactions of new-to-the-game Americans watching rugby (and the All Blacks) for the first time.
Most were in awe. Some couldn't understand why the All Blacks are so good at what they do. But everyone appreciated how entertaining the American commentary team were at calling the game, and how hilarious they were at trying to explain the rules of rugby.
Here are some of the best twitter reactions below.
Watching team USA Rugby vs. The All Blacks. Rugby is crazy.— Dylaη Jones (@ItsDylanJones) November 1, 2014
Rugby is pretty wild— Dylan Jones (@DjonesBigWork) November 1, 2014
Switching channels between GT-Virginia game and the rugby game on NBC. Makes you realize how intense rugby is.— Cody Reynolds (@Cody_Reynolds22) November 1, 2014
Football players have NOTHING on Rugby. Turn on NBC and watch something truly incredible. Rugby is nuts!!!!!— #PanikAtTheFrisco (@jedijared182) November 1, 2014
Know absolutely nothing about Rugby. But The All Blacks beat the living daylights out of the USA— Eddie Mannix (@EJMannix) November 1, 2014
I don't know Rugby but I see USA lost 74-6 vs All Blacks. I do know one thing.Thats a blow out. Now New Zealand should play us in baseball— Anthony G (@antghibesi) November 1, 2014
Can we please all call any linebreak in rugby a "rumble" from now on please. Thank you. #USAvAllBlacks— David McGovern (@daveo_irl) November 1, 2014
Just watched USA vs The All Blacks. Wow, American commentators make rugby even better. "And Israel Dagg crosses for a 5!"— A_Misty_Infidel (@A_Misty_Infidel) November 1, 2014
USA v NZ. American commentery is awesome #rugbyfordummies— Paul Clarke (@ClarkePaul1995) November 1, 2014
NBC has given up commentating the game & are now talking about @AllBlacks players not eating deep dish pizza.— Kat Arnett (@katarnett) November 1, 2014
And the best one of the day:
Regardless of how uncompetitive the game was, you have to admit it was awesome seeing the All Blacks play the running game against an energetic-yet-underskilled American squad. We'd be keen to watch that again.