Coming off an impressive performance against Canada in their second match of the 2014 Americas Rugby Championship (ARC), the USA Selects were keen to end their tournament with a big win against Uruguay at Westhills Stadium in Langford, British Columbia.
From the beginning the USA Selects appeared to have the better of their South American opponents, issuing punishing tackles and attacking with confidence from all parts of the field.
American tries rained down from the likes of Ben Pinkelman and Louis Stanfield, as well as his brother Tim Stanfield, who collected a pair of his own.
Uruguay’s traditionally hard tackling looked absent at times, as the Americans applied pressure in the tackle area and through their sizable forward pack. The one significant advantage Uruguay demonstrated was at scrum-time, where their pack won Los Teros several penalties over the course of the match.
In the end, however, the USA possessed too much in the way of firepower. Having inserted Sevens stars like Zack Test into their starting roster, the USA looked dynamic and creative in attack throughout the contest.
Their 30 – 5 victory on the tournament’s final match day secured the USA second place at the 2014 ARC, and will certainly give the Eagles a boost, as they prepare to open their November international schedule against the New Zealand All Blacks in Chicago on November 1st.
Final Score: USA 30 – Uruguay 5
USA Tries: Pinkelman, T. Stanfill (2), L. Stanfill ?
USA Conversions: Siddall, Niua ?
USA Penalties: Siddall (2)
Uruguay Tries: Magno
Eagles Select XV vs Uruguay (via USA Rugby):
1. Nick Wallace 2. Phil Thiel (C) 3. Olive Kilifi 4. John Cullen 5. Graham Harriman 6. Ben Pinkelman 7. Andrew Durutalo 8. Louis Stanfill 9. Shalom Suniula 10. Adam Siddall 11. Tim Stanfill 12. Andrew Suniula 13. Folau Niua 14. Zack Test 15. Troy Hall 16. Zachary Fenoglio 17. Angus MacLellan 18. Ben Tarr 19. Kyle Sumsion 20. Brian Doyle 21. Justin Hundley 22. Lemoto Filikitonga 23. Tim Maupin
Uruguay Starting XV vs USA
1. Mateo Sanguinetti 2. Juan Echeverría 3. Francisco Jiménez 4. Fernando Bascou 5. Ignacio Dotti 6. Agustín Alonso 7. Juan De Freitas 8. Diego Magno 9. Guillermo Lijtenstein 10. Alejo Durán 11. Leandro Leivas 12. Rodrigo Silva 13. Pedro Dolsan 14. Francisco Bulanti 15. Gastón Mieres 16. Germán Kessler 17. Rodolfo De Mula 18. Lucas Scarnati 19. Gonzalo Soto 20. Matías Beer 21. Gabriel Puig 22. Matías Arocena 23. Federico Favaro
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