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The USA Selects defeated Uruguay 30-5 Sunday at Westhills Stadium in Langford, British Columbia. The USA was up just 8-0 at halftime, but could have had a much larger lead, with several scoring chances being left uncapitalized on.
Zack Test set up the first try of the game, attacking off of a kick. He jump-stepped two Los Teros and gobbled up 30 meters of territory before being brought down. A few phases later, Ben Pinkelman broke free from a maul and ran in uncontested. The conversion attempt was missed, making it 5-0 to the USA.
The Selects looked to be in for a second try a few minutes later, but the final pass to put wing Tim Stanfill away proved to be forward. Back-to-back knocks around 30 minutes in spoiled prime scoring chances, too. First, John Cullen dropped a pass, but advantage for a penalty kept the ball with the Selects. Then a mishandle in the ensuing point-blank lineout resulted in a turnover.
Icing was slathered on the cake when Andrew Durutalo knocked on in the try zone. Tim Stanfill took an offload from Folau Niua and gave one to the flanker. Durutalo then crossed the try line, but instead of immediately grounding it, put out a stiff arm and lost the ball.
The Selects finally converted pressure into points, after so many unconverted chances, with an Adam Siddall penalty near the 45-minute mark before intermission. The kick saw the lead pushed to two scores, 8-0.
Instead of taking another makeable shot at goal, the Selects opted to go for a try before intermission, kicking to the corner. After a massive maul got the ball inches from pay dirt, Siddall knocked on, allowing Lost Teros to win their scrum and clear their lines.
The second time Stanfill dotted down, the play would stand. He did it just seconds into the first half, extending the American lead to 13-0. Captain and No. 8 Lou Stanfill got in on the scoring action not long after, recovering a missed Uruguayan lineout throw for a try. This one Siddall converted, making it 20-0.
Siddall added a penalty to extend the lead to 23-0, and Tim Stanfill ran in his second score after intercepting a Uruguayan pass just feet from pay dirt. The Selects returned the favor, making a mistake on their own try line that led to a Los Teros try. A knock-on deep in the defensive end gave Uruguay an attacking platform it’d convert.
Pinkelman, who’s still in college at Colorado State and is active with the Denver Barbarians, was named man of the match. The flanker had a high work rate and some probing carries during the win. The result will see the Selects finish second in the ARC final standings for the second-straight year.
Tries: Pinkelman, T. Stanfill (2), L. Stanfill
Cons: Siddall (2)
Pens: Siddall (2)