Wednesday, August 21, 2013

USA v Canada

America 1. That's what it is all about. Old foes battling for a place at the 2015 World Cup, battling to be the first direct qualifier and battling to fill the slot that currently reads "America 1."
In New Zealand 2011 both the USA and Canada failed to win the two games needed to automatically qualify for the tournament in England in two years time.

Now the two playoff for a place in Pool D alongside all European opponents. The winner will line up against Ireland, France, Italy and "Europe 2." The loser faces a tricky tie against Uruguay to book a spot at RWC 2015.

The first half of the two leg tie took place in Charleston, South Carolina in front of over 5,000 North American rugby fans. Canada were on a run of 5 straight victories against their nearest rivals going into Saturday's match and it didn't take long for them to build on that run.
Phil Mack's superb chip and chase opened the scoring with the game barely underway and Canada would eventually run out 27-9 victors, Harry Jones and DTH van der Merwe adding a try a piece for the men north of the border. James Pritchard added 12 points from the tee, whilst all of the Eagles 9 points came through the boot of fullback Chris Wyles.

The second leg takes place next Saturday in Toronto with Canada clear favourites and carrying a rather comfortable 19 point cushion into the game. However, the result isn't beyond the Eagles with the players like Samu Manoa, Toby L'Estrange and Takudzwa Ngwenya at their disposal.

The deck is certainly stacked in Canada's favour, but the Americans have plenty of fight in them and, for now at least, the battle rages on.
Deep Purple - The Battle Rages On

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