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With a 61-19 win over Uruguay in Montevideo, the Eagles put the finishing touches on their second-straight Americas Rugby Championship title. The win gives them a perfect 5-0 record in the tournament. The USA hasn’t lost in the ARC since 2016, when they last fell to Uruguay.
The win will also see the 18th-ranked Eagles move ahead of 17th-ranked Uruguay in World Rugby’s rankings. Los Teros were riding high coming in, having beaten Canada to qualify for the 2019 Rugby World Cup and reeled off 14-straight test wins. Their last loss was to the USA in this tournament last year. The result also set a new high mark for points scored against Uruguay. The previous record was 60.
The Eagles got off to a quick start and never looked back. Tony Lamborn slammed over a short-range try to get things started, then Mikey Te’o made a huge individual run for a second try.
Dylan Fawsitt added another try in the 23rd minute, his first international score. Shaun Davies had poked a grubber through the Uruguayan defense deep in the attacking end. Uruguay scooped it up near its own try line, but the clearance kick was high, short and down the middle, falling directly into the hands of Mikey Te’o.
He passed to Paul Lasike, who made a heavy carry and then immediately put in a big rucking effort. Fawsitt got the next ball and spun through the defense, stretching the ball over the line as he was brought down. Magie’s conversion was good – 21-0.
On a broken play, Nate Augspurger made a break up the middle of the field. With one defender to beat, he popped a kick ahead into the try line. It made a high bounce, evading both Augspurger and Cam Dolan. Hanco Germishuys was in place to haul it in when the Uruguayan scrumhalf leapt in the air aggressively and knocked the ball forward. After a video review, referee Federico Anselmi deemed the play on the ball by the Uruguayan was cynical, resulting in a yellow card for the offender and a penalty try for the Eagles.
Augspurger would get his kick recovery for a try when Dylan Audsley popped on over the Uruguayan defense near the 22. It bounced over Audsley’s head, but Augspurger caught it in stride and ran in cleanly. Magie tacked on two more – 35-0.
The Eagles weren’t done with the half. Uruguay’s defense and discipline kept melting under pressure. After an attacking scrum, Uruguay was pinged for a penalty, and the USA opted for a lineout. The ensuing maul was successful, and Germishuys was the one to touch it down. Magie’s kick was no good, making it 40-0.
It only took two minutes for the Eagles to strike in the second half. Mikey Te’o collected his second try of the game at the end of a sustained series of phases, during which most of the work was done for him. Magie good – 47-0.
Uruguay then showed some life with back-to-back converted tries. The first was right off of an attacking ruck, when the Eagles were under-resourced near the breakdown. The latter was scored by Juan Miguel Cat after a poor kick from the USA was punished. With 27 minutes to play, the Americans led by 33.
The Eagles were nearly in for their third try of the half when Josh Whippy was hit on a nifty lineout play off Magie, but he was cut down a few meters short of the try line. A penalty bailed Los Teros out, allowing them to clear their lines. Whippy would score two minutes later, though, catching a point-blank offload from lock Brendan Daly. He took the ball from Bryce Campbell, who scooped it up off the floor after some poor Teros handling.
Uruguay was shown a yellow card in the 65th minute. Reserve flyhalf Ben Cima kicked from hand, and a defender came in low and a touch late, but didn’t attempt to wrap. The Eagles couldn’t capitalize on the power play, as Uruguay was the next team to score. Cat committed the last American defender before dishing to the uncovered wing, who carried more than half the field before dotting down.
In the 74th minute, Psalm Wooching scored the USA’s final try, his first as an Eagle. The score was launched from a lineout and finished off with a series of pick-and-drive moves.