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Team USA got off to a hot start in Singapore, riding a big first half to a decisive win over rival Canada. The Eagles dominated possession early, with ascendancy in the restarts leading to four tries in the opening half. That trend carried over through intermission, resulting in a 31-0 second-half lead.
Madison Hughes opened scoring a minute in, capitalizing on a Canadian turnover by fly-hacking a loose ball up the field and regathering it in the try zone. Perry Baker upped the ante seconds later, winning the ensuing restart and racing in untouched. Test scored shortly following the next restart, too, pushing the lead to 17-0.
Canada then finally won a kickoff, but just a couple of phases into the possession a penalty for diving over in the ruck gave the ball back to the USA. Test would score a second try shortly thereafter, as Hughes poked a grubber through the Canadian defense and the ball caught a perfect bounce into Test’s hands, in stride. Converted, the score made it 24-0 at halftime.
The USA’s aerial supremacy continued in the second half. On the opening kickoff, Baker skied to claim the ball out and offloaded to a streaking Danny Barrett, who raced in for his first try of the tournament. A conversion put the Americans up 31-0.
Connor Trainor made Canada’s first line break two minutes into the second stanza, but the ball was knocked on in the breakdown, giving possession back to the Eagles. Canada didn’t let the ball leave the USA’s half, though, and after a penalty Nathan Hirayama scampered in to put his side on the board.
Nate Ebner then subbed on, earning his first World Series cap. Canada got another one in through Phil Berna, as Hughes went to pick up a loose ball and came up empty, giving the Canadians possession a meter from the try line. Converted, it trimmed the gap to 17.
A flurry of switches and fancy footwork from Maka Unufe and Folau Niua opened up a clean line for Hughes, who ran in to stop the miniature Canadian comeback bid. Nate Augspurger then subbed on and preserved the score line with a try saving tackle in the final minute.
Up next for the USA is a meeting with France at 2:27 a.m. ET. With a win, the Eagles will likely earn a 10th-straight Cup quarterfinal berth.