Monday, August 08, 2011
Canada and the USA played the first of their Rugby World Cup warm-up games at Toronto's BMO Stadium on Saturday. Canada won the fiercely contested game 28-22 in front of 10 621 fans.
Canada got the better of their rivals with some well taken tries in front of a passionate home crowd. They had trailed 15-10 at halftime, but a strong second half got them the win.
"The performance wasn't how we would have liked it but any Test match is a challenge and a real battle and I was very pleased with how our guys stuck to it in the second half," said Canadian head coach Kieran Crowley.
Canada open their World Cup campaign against Tonga on September 14th, so are looking to get as much match form as possible, and of course confidence ahead of the tournament in New Zealand. It was also a great outing for the fans, who obviously had plenty to cheer about.
"It's pretty great to see all the flags waving and seeing the people enjoying themselves," said Pat Riordan, Canadian captain.
One of the stand out bizarre moments in the match was when big Jebb Sinclair looked to have scored a great try in the corner. In the ensuing chaos as the try was being overuled, the American's chose to take a quick lineout, which somehow rebounded off a player and ended up back in Sinclair's hands, only for him to dive over the for try. Unfortunately the camera crew didn't capture the moment properly, but it was amusing to say the least.
The two sides will meet again next Saturday in Glendale, Colorado.
Credit: Thanks to bcrugbynews.com for the highlights