Trailing 20-16 in the 66th minute and with a delayed penalty upcoming inside the United States of America 22, referee Stuart Berry sent Phil Mack to the sin bin for allegedly stamping as a States defender failed to roll away. The visitors proceeded to run in three tries courtesy of Andrew Suniula, Mike Petri and Cam Dolan. The hosts started off in fine fashion with Paris, and then Blevins, breaking the away side’s line, the latter of which led to a penalty that Gordon McRorie dispatched for an early 3-0 lead.
After US fly half AJ MacGinty, who kicked a last minute drop goal on August 3rd as the USA beat the Maple Leaves 15-13 in Burnaby, missed a penalty, Canada’s lead was extended to 6-0 when Nathan Hirayama connected on a drop goal on a delayed penalty. It was the the Canadians’ first drop goal since Ander Munro was successful during the 2011 Rugby World Cup fixture against France. The Eagles replied in the 28th minute as lock Greg Peterson scored his first Test try with MacGinty adding the conversion.
MacGinty kicked another penalty to push the visitors’ lead to 20-11 but again Canada came storming back in the 58th minute as Blevins powered through a tackle to score his third try in as many games. Crowley says: ‘In the second half we got back into it, kept the ball, put some phases together but the sin bin hurt us again. We’re giving up too many penalties, too much stupidity around that area and too many turnovers. It just wasn’t good enough.’
The Cannucks had momentum on their side and were moving towards the Eagles’ try line before Mack was sin binned and the USA added three late tries although Carpenter got his third try of the summer in the 78th minute off a driving maul. Captain Carpenter says: ‘We’re hurting a little bit right now. Every loss we take on the chin. We know we have to do better. We have to look inside at ourselves and ask what we can do more. It’s just not good enough right now.’
Tries: Taylor Paris, Nick Blevins, Aaron Carpenter
Conversions: Nathan Hirayama
Penalties: Gordon McRorie
Drop goals: Nathan Hirayama
Tries: Greg Peterson, Andrew Durutalo, Andrew Suniula, Mike Petri, Cam Dolan
Conversions: AJ MacGinty (3)
Penalties: AJ MacGinty (4)