The Americas Pacific Challenge concluded on Sunday with the six teams involved playing their third match in eight days. USA Selects finished with a win over Canada A, 45-26, to finish the tournament 2-1. Canada ends the 2017 APC without a win. Throughout the match, the Canadian forwards were strong, but the USA attack in open play was more than the Canadians could handle.
Canada A had a good... Read More
In their second match of the 2017 Americas Pacific Challenge, the USA Selects defeated Uruguay A, 49-36. The match featured plenty of attacking ambition from the Selects who scored seven tries to Uruguay's five.
The first real possession of the match went to the Selects, but an early handling error led to a scrum to Uruguay. Uruguay won a penalty from that first scrum. Following the touch-finder... Read More
The 2017 Americas Pacific Challenge started today with USA Selects playing Samoa A at the Estadio Charrua in Montevideo, Uruguay. Samoa won 48-26 in a match that featured plenty of American mistakes, Samoan opportunism, and an important red card.
The Selects kicked off and immediately won the ball back. Several phases inside the Samoa 22 ended with a knock-on. From the scrum, Samoa won a penalty... Read More
Uruguay A handled the USA Selects easily and won Sunday’s Americas Pacific Challenge match 47-15. A central factor in the match was Uruguay’s scrum, which was dominant throughout.
The match started in a promising fashion for the Selects, as they moved the ball confidently in attack in their first opportunity. They then stole a Uruguayan lineout, and Mateo Sanguinetti was sin-binned for a tip... Read More
The USA Selects outplayed Canada A in the second half and came back to win 47-37. The first half was dominated by Canada A, and well into the second half it looked to be Canada’s day.
At the 49 minute mark, Canada A was up 30-13, and the Selects had a prop in the sin bin for scrummaging infractions. However, the last 30 minutes belonged to the Selects.
The comeback effort was steered, in large... Read More
A prop being yellow carded in Montevideo? A penalty try conceded from a scrum in Montevideo?
Hmmm. Yes, there is a familiar taste in the mouth after Saturday.
The USA Selects started the Americas Pacific Challenge poorly, losing to the Fiji Warriors by 50 points. The 62-12 final seems a fair enough reflection of the difference between the two sides on the day. Given that this tournament is... Read More