Canada got tries from the returning Taylor Paris as well Nick Blevins and Aaron Carpenter while the USA ran in five tries.
“We let ourselves down with the little details,” Canada captain Carpenter said. “We put a lot of pressure on them inside their 22 but we couldn’t get the job today and left too many points out there.
“Unfortunately they took advantage of their opportunities inside our 22 and got points and that was the difference in the end.”
Trailing 20-16 in the 66th minute and with a delayed penalty upcoming inside the USA 22, referee Stuart Berry sent Phil Mack to the sin bin for alledgely stamping as a USA defender failed to roll away. The USA proceeded to run in three tries courtesy of Andrew Suniula, Mike Petri and Cam Dolan.
Canada started off in fashion with Paris, and then Blevins, breaking the USA line, the latter of which led to a penalty that Gordon McRorie dispatched for an early 3-0 lead.
After USA fly half AJ MacGinty, who kicked a last minute drop goal on August 3rd as the USA beat Canada 15-13 in Burnaby, missed a penalty, Canada’s lead was extended to 6-0 when Nathan Hirayama connected on a drop goal on a delayed penalty. It was Canada’s first drop goal since Ander Munro was successful during the 2011 Rugby World Cup fixture against France.
The USA replied in the 28th minute as lock Greg Peterson scored his first test try with MacGinty adding the conversion. Four minutes later, Canada flanker Nanyak Dala was sin binned for entering at the side and MacGinty made no mistake with the penalty.
The USA added a crucial try minutes before the break as Andrew Durutalo touched down and with MacGinty’s conversion, the USA held a 17-6 lead at half time.
“Breakdown was an issue for us,” Canada’s head coach Kieran Crowley said. “We allowed their tackler to get up and compete. We weren’t strong enough over the ball and they bullied us in that area which is disappointing.”
Canada came flying out of the blocks in the second half — USA winger Blaine Scully was sent to the bin for 10 minutes in the 44th minute for a high tackle on Paris and four minutes later Paris had his sixth international try after taking a pass from Dala and skipping pass a tackle for the try.
MacGinty kicked another penalty to push the USA lead to 20-11 but again Canada came storming back in the 58th minute as Blevins powered through a tackle to score his third try in as many games.
“In the second half we got back into it, kept the ball, put some phases together but the sin bin hurt us again,” Crowley said. “We’re giving up too many penalties, too much stupidity around that area and too many turnovers. It just wasn’t good enough.”
Canada had momentum on their side and were moving towards the USA try line before Mack was sin binned and the USA added three late tries although Carpenter got his third try of the summer in the 78th minute off a driving maul.
“We’re hurting a little bit right now,” Carpenter said. “Every loss we take on the chin. We know we have to do better. We have to look inside at ourselves and ask what we can do more. It’s just not good enough right now.”Canada’s Roster vs. USA on the Road to the Rugby World Cup – (Club), Hometown, Province
1. Hubert Buydens – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
2. Ray Barkwill – (Unattached/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON?
3. Doug Wooldridge – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
4. Tyler Hotson – (Doncaster Knights) Vancouver, BC
5. Jon Phelan – (Doncaster Knights/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
6. Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
7. John Moonlight – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
8. Aaron Carpenter, captain – (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON
9. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10. Nathan Hirayama – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
11. Taylor Paris – (Agen) Barrie, ON
12. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
14. Phil Mackenzie – (Sale Sharks/Ontario Blues), Oakville, ON
15. Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC
16. Benoit Piffero – (Unattached/Atlantic Rock) Montreal QB?
17. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
18. Andrew Tiedemann – (Unattached/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
19. Evan Olmstead – (Parramatta Two Blues/Prairie Wolf Pack) North Vancouver, BC
20. Kyle Gilmour – (Rotherham Titans/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
21. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
22. Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay, NL
23. Matt Evans – (Cornish Pirates) Maple Bay, BC
Unavailable due to injury:
Tyler Ardron – Captain (Ospreys) Lakefield, ON
Jamie Cudmore – (Clermont Auvergne) Squamish, BC
Tom Dolezel – (London St. George’s/Ontario Blues) London, ON
Jason Marshall – (Agen/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC
Jebb Sinclair – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Fredericton, NB
USA Roster to Face Canada:
1. Eric Fry
2. Zach Fenoglio
3. Titi Lamositele
4. Cameron Dolan
5. Greg Peterson
6. Al McFarland
7. Andrew Durutalo
8. Danny Barrett
9. Mike Petri
10. AJ MacGinty
11. Brett Thompson
12. Thretton Palamo
13. Seamus Kelly
14. Blaine Scully
15. Chris Wyles (C)
16. Phil Thiel
17. Olive Kilifi
18. Chris Baumann
19. Louis Stanfill
20. Matt Trouville
21. John Quill
22. Niku Kruger
23. Andrew SuniulaScoring details: Canada:Tries: Taylor Paris, Nick Blevins, Aaron Carpenter
Conversions: Nathan Hirayama
Penalties: Gordon McRorie
Drop goals: Nathan Hirayama
Tries: Greg Peterson, Andrew Durutalo, Andrew Suniula, Mike Petri, Cam Dolan
Conversions: AJ MacGinty (3)
Penalties: AJ MacGinty (4)
August 22 – Canada vs. USA (Twin Elm Rugby Park, Ottawa)
August 29 – Canada vs. Glasgow Warriors (Wanderers Grounds, Halifax)
September 2 – Canada vs. Georgia (Esher, England)
September 6 – Canada vs. Fiji (The Stoop, England)
Rugby World Cup:
September 19 – Canada vs. Ireland (Cardiff, Wales)
September 26 – Canada vs. Italy (Leeds, England)
October 1 – Canada vs. France (Milton Keynes, England)
October 6 – Canada vs. Romania (Leicester, England)