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Monday, June 23, 2014

USA Eagles come from behind to beat Canada for first time in eight attempts

The USA Eagles ended a five year losing streak against neighbours Canada when they came from behind to beat them 38-35 in Sacramento on Saturday. Played in front of a sell-out crowd, it was the first time that the Eagles had won in this fixture since 2009.

Canada scored five tries to the four of the hosts, but it was the USA that claimed the win thanks in part to Saracens back Chris Wyles, who scored 23 points.

With the win, the USA finish second behind Japan in the Pacific Nations Cup 2014 North America/Asia Conference, with Canada in third place. Canada's June Tests record reads as 0-3, after losses to Scotland, Japan and now the USA.

"It's difficult to win down to 14 men for 20 minutes and when you give away as many penalties as we did and when you miss as many tackles as we did today," said Canada's coach Kieran Crowley.

"We didn’t deserve to be as close as we were and it was a pretty disappointing performance today. Our coaching staff is going to take a good look at this game and some of the players will need to look at their performance today and we’ll look forward to November now."

Posted by Rugbydump at 11:01 am | View Comments (16)

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moddeur June 23, 2014 3:18 pm

Great job USA! Some very nice rugby. I would historically support Canada, but anything that can move the USA away from American Football and towards rugby wins my support too.
I wonder when's the last time that France played any rugby that looked even remotely like this ...

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MarkoPolos June 23, 2014 4:36 pm

jesus the commentators are barely moved when the tries are actually scored until the very very end!!

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ConnachtMan June 24, 2014 10:05 am

Some nice pace from both sides, good for both sides to narrow the gap.

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DrG June 24, 2014 11:27 am

Yes another NH victory against...uh...well...um the NH....go NH!!!!!

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DrG June 24, 2014 12:08 pm

Just watched the highlights, looked like a brilliant game. It's nice to see the Canadians having a close match with their neighbours. Obviously sad for them that they lost, but it also heightens the tensions between the two teams.. The next game Canada are going to want that win back and the US are going to want to keep the wins etc, so it's; I believe, progressive for both the nations.

It must be difficult for both of those teams to improve, if you consider as a Nation France for instance, have a ton of borders and so many 'close' countries, so competitions can come fairly easily, when you look at the 6N, they don't have to travel round the world - Canada, US, only have themselves as neighbours etc unless they join in on a tournament, or create a new one? Which would be great to see.

Argentina are in a pretty tough place too... especially joining the tri nations - a lot of the Argentinians play in the European competitions too - A prop of theirs has just joined Jersey RFC recently.. I wonder how that will work with International duties?

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Canadian-N8 June 24, 2014 2:33 pm

I cried when this happened. Omg how much can God hate us? It's unfair. Some of my team-mates are depressed (especially the backs) and need medical attention. We are looking to sue USA Rugby for moral and financial damages. This will not go unpunished.

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DrG June 25, 2014 9:06 pm

You're a rather emotional chap aren't you...

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10stonenumber10 June 25, 2014 9:29 pm

Doesn't Canada have a very affordable/free healthcare system compared to the USA?

Even more reason to play rugby, take a knock and you won't need to remortgage your house for the medical student to do the supergluing because stitching still makes them feel squeamish.

I wish the doctors I've met had bigger cojones... never go to hospital for a broken nose, they never set it, they just turn pale and tell you to come back in 2 weeks when 'the swelling has gone down' - aka the swelling has time to mould the cartilage in its new shape and the bone sets... the only thing they do on a follow-up is say 'well, looks like you need surgery due to the collapsed septum, oh, you have BUPA? here's my friend's card, he needs they money for another Porsche" Meaning they never have to experience the sound of someone's face being reset.

Go to your local Boxing/MMA/Muay Thai/Kung Fu sparring session instead. A 3rd dan black belt did a better job using 2 pencils and a book than any doctor or surgeon has!

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Geoff June 24, 2014 3:04 pm

full credit to Canada for going for the try at the end instead of taking the certain 3 points for a draw. The US played well to fight back from 20 down but unfortunately the game against the All Blacks in November will be a horror show for them. They will be lucky to get within 70.

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MikeT June 24, 2014 4:03 pm

The pace from the American Number 8 is scary!!!

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10stonenumber10 June 25, 2014 12:08 am

73 points in a game?

More of this.

Lots more.

"2nd tier" games are usually very entertaining, compare this to a "Rugby Championship" game where you can predict the next 4 phases simply by looking at field position. I see it as Draughts/Checkers vs Chess, again, no disrespect to the 2nd tier nations, I mean that where it differs in complexity, it makes for a more exciting game than a 3 hour chess match against a computer.

Were they playing on turf or artificial surface?

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Canadian content June 25, 2014 10:21 pm

Gutted we blew another one. Not sure what is going on with this team and its inability to hold onto leads. Is it fitness?

We look good at 9, 10, 13, the wings and FB, carpenter is getting better, Ardron is not a 8, he's a 6, Moonlight needs to step up in 15s more. Think Braid may be the answer at 12.

Our backrow looked slow compared to their 8.

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Canadian-N8 June 25, 2014 11:02 pm

We are calling everyone to join us in imposing economic sanctions upon the US. We have already convinced every single family member of our local starting 15 not to buy US products anymore and to stay away from popular fast food restaurants like McDonalds and the likes of. Currently we are looking for ways to punish the USA Rugby team by spreading rumors the entire body (including it's staff and national team) are infertile. We try to accomplish this by using social media and word of mouth. Help us.

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DrG June 26, 2014 1:05 am

...give it a rest..

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hedderball June 26, 2014 11:32 am

never mind the game - what about the fans at 1 min 28? You don't get that at Murrayfield or Cardiff in February.

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