Men's Eagles
20
Canada
15
Men's Eagles  @ BC Place Stadium
Pre-Rugby World Cup
Warm Up

USA Men's Eagles hold off Canada in nailbiter at B.C. Place Stadium

B.C. Place Stadium was rocking tonight.

In another nail biter between the United States and Canada, the Eagles came back from an 0-12 deficit to fight through rigorous defensive pressure and overcome their northern rivals 20-15.

With the victory, the Americans have now risen to 6-1 in test matches this year and climbed one place in the World Rugby rankings. As the final match for both teams before departing for Rugby World Cup 2019, the Eagles will enter Japan as the No. 13 ranked team in the world.

Canada were much improved tonight, showing no hesitation in their kicking game and continuing to take care of the ball through some very physical moments.

The United States only found short spurts of momentum in the first half. A penalty kick slotted by Will Magie at 22 minutes finally broke the scoreboard drought until Cam Dolan scooped the ball from a scrum, spun around and landed perfectly in the try zone, 10-12.

Dolan’s try wasn’t the first time the Eagles threatened near the goal line but fell short on messy penalties either against themselves, or in certain cases, against Canada.

Momentum finally found its way into the match when Dylan Fawsitt came off the bench, jumped right into a lineout and bullied his way over the try line from the maul, 15-15.

At a tie game, Canadian fans were screaming.

Canada fell right back into their comfort zone towards the end of the match – trying desperately to use their confidence in kicking to rattle the United States.

But the Eagles continued to play through the difficult moments. In the 56th minute, Martin Iosefo captured a beautiful pass on the wing to dot down in the corner before the match referee called a Canadian penalty and pulled both teams back into a scrum. No try.

For at least five minutes, the U.S. scrum was put to the test, battling at five meters for inches of space before a heartbreaking penalty gave possession and good field position back to Canada.

Where it felt like time was ticking beyond measure, Martin Iosefo became the hero.

In the 72nd minute, Iosefo took another offload on the wing, this time running with the utmost stability to leap over the try zone and make it 20-15.

Canada filled the final few minutes with a massive attack at the USA 22 but the Eagles remained sharp in defense until the Canadians finally made a mistake and the referee called fulltime.

The Eagles will now spend one final week in Colorado before departing for Japan next weekend. The Rugby World Cup squad of 31 will be announced by tomorrow (Sept 8) at 12 PM Pacific Time via @USARugby and www.usa.rugby.

Tries | Cam Dolan, Dylan Fawsitt, Martin Iosefo
Cons | Will Magie
Pens | Will Magie


STARTERS

  1. Eric Fry
  2. Joe Taufete’e
  3. Titi Lamositele
  4. Ben Landry
  5. Greg Peterson
  6. Hanco Germishuys
  7. John Quill
  8. Cam Dolan
  9. Nate Augspurger
  10. Will Magie
  11. Martin Iosefo
  12. Paul Lasike
  13. Marcel Brache
  14. Blaine Scully (C)
  15. Will Hooley

RESERVES

49’ | 16. Dylan Fawsitt for 2. Joe Taufete’e
49’ | 18. Paul Mullen for 3. Titi Lamositele
51’ | 23. Mike Te’o for 10. Will Magie
62’ | 21. Shaun Davies for 9. Nate Augspurger
63’ | 19. Nate Brakeley for 4. Ben Landry
65’ | 17. Olive Kilifi for 1. Eric Fry
72’ | 4. Ben Landry for 5. Greg Peterson
75’ | 20. Malon Al-Jiboori for 7. Hanco Germishuys


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