You are here
In June 1979, the third annual Can-Am Test match took place in Toronto in front of a crowd of 7,500. Canada won 19-12 in a match that was dragged to a crawl by 37 penalties. It represented the only North American international played that year,
Ray Cornbill coached the USA, a team that was dominated by veterans of the Pacific Coast squad. Of the 21 selected, 16 came from the Pacific Coast, two Eastern, two Mid-West, and one from Western sides. Eight of the 21 had been capped, and twelve had played for the US Cougars.
The British Columbia Union dominated the Canadian team, representing all but one (New Foundland) of the players. Additionally, fourteen had been previously capped.
The game was hard fought, and tied 9-9, when the Canadians scored a penalty to make it 12-9. Then 16-9 on a controversial try from McTavish on what seemed to all like a forward pass. The Eagles added a penalty by Jablonski but 16-12 was as close as the USA could muster. A Canadian penalty in injury time added three more points to the host’s tally. Canada prevailed in the lineouts 18-13.