Submitted by Robert Murray, Photos by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
October 15, 2013, LANGFORD, BC (ISN) – The United States delivered the shock of the tournament on Tuesday night as the squad upended Canada by a score of 30-10 for their first victory at the tournament since 2010.
Fullback Joe Cowley played a key role in the game for the American squad as he made six successful kicks throughout the game to account for half of his team’s points.
A smothering USA defense would hold down a strong Canadian side with the help of USA’s Daniel Barrett and Chris Sullivan – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
“I couldn’t be any prouder of the boys today,” said captain Phillip Thiel after the game. “They came, one through twenty three, everybody put an effort in. Canada came to fight, they played well and we just made a few less mistakes.”
Canada got on the board first thanks to a penalty goal from Guiseppe Du Toit. The Maple Ridge, B.C. native made his debut for Canada during the game at fly-half and accounted for half of his team’s points as well.
Tim Maupin then got things rolling for the United States as he carried the ball under the posts following a fake from the American side and put his team up by a score of 7-3 after Cowley’s successfully made conversion.
Canadian flanker Alistair Clark makes the ball available to continue the Canadian advance on the USA – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Shortly thereafter, Cowley stepped up again for his country and drilled home the first of his three penalty goals to give the United States a 10-3 lead.
The United States would then extend their lead on Cowley’s second penalty goal of the game to go up 13-3 at half time.
Things took a sour turn for Canada in the 55th minute as a missed penalty kick from Du Toit was played quickly by the United States.
USA line out gets the ball to scrum half Shaun Davies – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The ball worked its way through the team before landing in the hands of Daniel Barrett who scored to put the United States up 23-3.
Barrett’s try seemed to awaken Canada who pieced together a string of plays eventually capped off by Conor Trainor who scored to cut the lead to 23-10 following a conversion from Du Toit.
That would be as close as Canada would come in the game as both teams traded chances for the remainder of the game before Maupin added a second try to put the game in the books.
Canada’s Ray Barkwill and Kyle Gilmour team up to put the hit on a USA Select player in day two of the America Rugby Championships – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The victory served as some revenge for the United States. Canada won three matches against the squad earlier in the summer, one at the Pacific Nations Cup followed by both World Cup Qualifying games.
“We were disappointed after those two losses in August,” said Thiel. “We felt that we played pretty well and Canada came away with two quality wins and this was a little bit of revenge for us. Its a really good platform to build upon.”
Canada’s Guiseppe Du Toit would kick wide on his attempt to put points o the scoreboard against USA – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The win serves as momentum for the United States as the squad will take on Uruguay in Saturday’s finale. Both teams will meet again in 2014 to see which team will qualify for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Meanwhile, Canada drops to 1-1 with the loss and will take on Argentina on Saturday, attempting to exact some revenge of their own against the team that beat them for the title last year on their home turf.
Conversion: Du Toit
Penalty: Du Toit
United States 30
Tries: Mauphin 2, Barrett
Conversion: Cowley 3
Penalty: Cowley 3
Canada A Roster to Face USA Select XV:
- 1- Doug Wooldridge, (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
- 2- Ray Barkwill, (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
- 3- Ryan March, (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC
- 4- Henry (Hank) McQueen, (Balmy Beach/Ontario Blues) Vancouver, BC
- 5- Kyle Baille, (Castaway Wanderers/The Rock) Charlottetown, PEI
- 6- Kyle Gilmour, (St. Albert Rugby Club/Prairie Wolf Pack) Edmonton, AB
- 7- Alistair Clark, (Baystreet RFC/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
- 8- Adam Kleeberger, (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) White Rock, BC
- 9- Sean White, (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
- 10- Guiseppe Du Toit, (Uvic Vikes) Maple Ridge, BC
- 11- Jordan Wilson-Ross, (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Alliston, ON
- 12- Mike Scholz, (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) London, ON
- 13- Conor Trainor, (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
- 14- Duncan Maguire, (St. Albert Rugby Club/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
- 15- Jack Fitzpatrick, (Dublin University Football Club) Dublin, Ireland
- 16- Micha Gorvorchin, (Burnaby Lake RC/BC Bears) New Westminster, BC
- 17- Djustice Sears-Duru, (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
- 18- Jake Illnicki, (Williams Lake Rustlers/Auckland Colts) Williams Lake, BC
- 19- Callum Morrison, (UBCOC Ravens/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
- 20- Matt Heaton, (SABRFC/The Rock) Godmanchester, QC
- 21- Jamie Mackenzie, (UVIC Vikes/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
- 22- Adam McQueen, (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Canmore, AB
- 23- Joe Dolesau, (Burnaby Lake RC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
Canada A Staff:
- Head Coach: Kieran Crowley
- Assistant Coach: Chris Silverthorn
- Scrum Coach: Mike Shelley
- Manager: Mark Winokur
- Performance Analyst: Calum Ramsay
- Strength and Conditioning Coach: Andy Evans
- Physiotherapist: Danielle Mah
- Athletic Therapist: Jessica Smith
- Media Coordinator: Bryan Kelly
Eagles Select XV | v. Canada A
- 1. Nick Wallace
- 2. Phillip Thiel
- 3. Chris Sullivan
- 4. Tai Tuisamoa ?
- 5. Graham Harriman
- 6. Daniel Barrett
- 7. Derek Asbun
- 8. Cameron Dolan
- 9. Shaun Davies
- 10. Toby L’Estrange
- 11. Tim Maupin
- 12. Mile Pulu
- 13. Chris Chapman
- 14. Ed Mills
- 15. Joe Cowley
Eagles Select XV | Reserves ?
- 16. Cameron Falcon
- 17. Shawn Pittman
- 18. Titi Lamositele
- 19. John Cullen
- 20. Trevor Cassidy
- 21. Chris Saint
- 22. Peter Moala
- 23. Maximo De Achaval