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USA vs. Tonga

The six-team, Americas Pacific Challenge tournament, comprised of secondary sides, began play last Saturday at Estadio Cahrrua Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay. The results of the first encounter:

  • Tonga A 39 – USA XV 30
  • Samoa A 36 – Argentina XV 31
  • Uruguay A 35 – Canada A 21

The Samoan win ended defending champion Argentina’s unbeaten two-year run in this event. The Pacific Islanders scored two tries in the first twenty-minutes and rushed out to an 18-0 lead at the break. Argentina were awarded two bonus points for the close game.

Uruguay had an easy time against Canada, continuing a year of disappointment for Canadian rugby across all platforms. Los Teros were up 13-7 at the half and were never challenged by their opponents.

For the record, Canada have gone 8-21-1 in Test matches since the last Rugby World Cup in 2015.  Six of the eight victories came from South American fifteens, including three wins against Chile and two against Brazil. The Canadians lost to the USA and to Uruguay in RWC 2019 qualifying events, and will compete in the four-team Repechage tournament in Monaco in November for the final RWC berth.

Finally, a young USA squad played erratically against Tonga, a game in which the lead changed seven times. Tonga scored twice in the last eight-minutes to secure the victory.

USA Scoring

Tries: Tim Maupin, Brendan Daly, Vili Toluta'u 
Conversions: Dylan Audsley (3)
Penalties: Dylan Audsley (3) 

Next up tomorrow is round two, as follows:

  • Tonga vs. Samoa
  • Uruguay vs. USA
  • Argentina vs. Canada

USA XV

1. Chance Wenglewski
2. Alex Maughan
3. John Hayden
4. Nate Brakeley
5. Taylor Krumrei
6. Psalm Wooching
7. Hanco Germishuys
8. Brendan Daly
9. Nick Boyer
10. Conor Kearns (C)
11. Mika Kruse 
12. Anthony Salaber
13. Dylan Audsley 
14. Tim Maupin 
15. Mitch Wilson 

RESERVES

43' | Ryan Matyas for Mika Kruse 
53' | Angus MacLellan for John Hayden 
53' | Devereaux Ferris for Nick Boyer 
61' | Pat O'Toole for Alex Maughan 
62' | Vili Toluta'u for Psalm Wooching 
67' | JP Eloff for Mitch Wilson