U.S.A. Rugby defeated Rugby Canada in a IRB Pacific Nations Cup match Saturday afternoon at Bonney Field. A sellout crowd of over 7,800 fans were on hand to witness the Eagles defeat Canada 38-35. The very warm conditions didn't seem to slow down either rugby team as they both brought their A-game to the table making it a tremendous spectacle for the fans in attendance. This was also the second event to be held in the newly opened Bonney Field.
The game started out very physical as U.S.A. and Canada each wanted to set the tone for how the rest of the sweltering Saturday afternoon was going to be. The Eagles scored first in the opening minutes of the first half with a pair of penalty goals giving them a 6-0 lead. Canada would answer back with a score of their own in the 23rd minute when Harry Jones would run it in, with the conversion it was 7-6. The Eagles would score again in the 28th minute but miss the extra points giving them a 11-7 lead.
A few minutes later, U.S.A. would extend the lead 18-7 in the 34th minute with a try by Chris Wyles. Canada's Aaron Carpenter would score in the 37th minute and along with the extra it was a 18-14 game. Three minutes later, James Pritchard would score on a try making it a 21-18. Canada blow the game wide open before the half when Ciaran Hearn would big up a loose ball and take it to the house giving them a 28-18 lead that would stand at the half.
The second half started out just like the end of the first with another score by Rugby Canada. Harry Jones would score in the 43rd to make it 35-18. The Eagles would not go down without a fight as they would score on a penalty to make it 35-21 along with a yellow card given to Canada giving the U.S. a man advantage. They would take the opportunity and score again in the 60th minute making it a 35-28. Chris Wyles would kick another penalty at the 67th shortening the margin to just four points at 35-31. Now with the momentum on their side and over 7,000 plus fans chanting USA, USA, the Eagles made their move.
U.S.A. Rugby would push, and bruise their way down the pitch and would tie the game in the 70th minute and along with the conversion would make it a 38-35 game. The Eagles would come from behind and score twenty points in the latter half of the second for the win. Today's victory over Canada was the first time the Eagles have defeated their northern border rival in 2009. With the win, U.S.A. Rugby breaks a two game losing streak and will be idle until they face the All-Blacks on November 1, 2014. To learn more about U.S.A. Rugby please visit http://usarugby.org/ or follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/USARugby.