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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Canada beat USA in first of two RWC 2015 Qualifiers

Canada took a huge step towards Rugby World Cup 2015 qualification on Saturday as they beat the USA 27-9 in Charleston, South Carolina. Canada has moved up one place in the IRB Rankings as a result. The two sides meet again this coming weekend.

Phil Mack scored after just 25 seconds to give the visitors a great start, before DTH van der Merwe and Harry Jones added to the scoreline with tries of their own. James Pritchard kicked 12 points.

"Certainly we've got a lot of work to do before next Saturday, but I'm really happy with the way we stuck through it." said head coach Kieran Crowley.

Canada will take an 18 point advantage into the second leg of the qualifying series, which takes place in Toronto this coming weekend. The winner will join France, Ireland and Italy in Group D of the 2015 tournament in England.

The runner-up will have to face Uruguay for a back-door qualifier to decide Americas number two seed, and the winner of that will go into Group B with South Africa, Scotland and Samoa.

Below are updated HD highlights from universal sports

Time: 5:17
Credit: Universalsports

Posted at 12:46 pm | 8 comments

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DrG August 20, 2013 10:35 pm

Great effort from Canada.

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GameBall August 20, 2013 10:36 pm

Wow some great tries. Both countries seem to have really upped their games and improved greatly since the last RWC.

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jimter10 August 21, 2013 8:11 am

Good on Canada, you can really feel the progress. Come on USA, pull your fingers out, a couple of stars isn't enough

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DrG August 21, 2013 12:05 pm

Does Cudmore still play for Canada? Or has he retired/been left out of international rugby now?

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Ottawa Rugger August 24, 2013 4:13 am

He is. Word is he's trying to extend his career to play in 2015. Taking the field for these matches

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finedisregard August 21, 2013 2:24 pm

Cudmore was on the field for the 1st half. USA needs a flyhalf and a game plan.

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Canadian content August 22, 2013 11:28 am

This has got to be some of the best rugby Canada has been playing in years. Phil Mack is an absolute stud, he shredded Fiji for pace here in Ottawa and that try was world class.

Look to Canada to make some noise at the next rwc

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Ottawa Rugger August 24, 2013 4:17 am

Canada has a fair bit of solid developmental talent. Hirayama, Braid, Ardron, etc. Give us a few more years to play tests like is (especially with guys like Ardron getting pro experience in Europe) and you've got the room to make an Argentina-esque case for being in Tier 1

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