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The USA Selects defeated Seattle-OPSB 17-0 in a 40-minute scrimmage Monday at Magnuson Park in Seattle.
(Note, we missed a conversion earlier, this article has been updated to reflect a little more detail)
The Selects scored two tries and added a penalty. But more important than
that, they corralled a strong OPSB team that included several
internationals, notably Emosi Vucago, Mike Palefau, and Ben Gollings.
Coming into the camp the USA team was dealing with concerns about their defensive unity, and their offense. They answered some of those concerns with two tries for, and none against.
"It was good, solid defense," said USA Head Coach Mike Tolkin, whose new forwards coach is Seattle-OPSB Head Coach Justin Fitzpatrick. "Overall I was happy. It was good for so early. Now we need to hammer these guys on the little things."
This was not a cobbled together Seattle-OPSB team. Most of the top players for the squad that is still undefeated in their league in British Columbia, and hung 100 points on Langley over the weekend, played in this shortened game.
The two USA tries both came from good phase play.
A called move in the backline set up Joe Cowley to cut through on an angled run for the first score. Then Adam Siddall outflanked the Beach defensive line and sent a nice long pass out to Tim Maupin for the second.
It wasn't all perfect for the Selects, through, as they had more overlaps on attack but failed to finish them off.