Canada beat USA in rugby world cup warm up

Phil Mackenzie and Aaron Carpenter scored second-half tries as Canada rallied to beat the United States 22-18 Saturday in a warmup match ahead of next month’s Rugby World Cup.

The Americans dominated play in the first half, scoring from a penalty kick and then getting a try from Takudzwa Ngwenya to go to the break leading 15-10.

The game, dubbed “The Battle at BMO Field,” was played at the home of Toronto FC of Major League Soccer and was the first game in a home-and-away series. The U.S. hosts Canada next Saturday at Infinity Field in Glendale, Colorado.

The World Cup begins Sept. 9 in New Zealand.

Final Score Canada 28(10) USA 22 (15)


Tries – Sinclair, Mackenzie, Fairhurst
Conversions – Pritchard (2)
Penalties – Pritchard (3)

Tries – Ngwenya, Clever (2)
Conversions – Malifa, Enosa
Penalties – Nese Mififa


Canada: Matt Evans, Phil Mackenzie, DTH van der Merwe, Mike Scholz, James Pritchard, Ander Monro, Ed Fairhurst, Aaron Carpenter, Chauncey O’Toole, Jebb Sinclair, Jamie Cudmore, Brian Erichsen, Jason Marshall, Pat Riordan, Hubert Buydens.

Replacements used: Ciaran Hearn, Scott Franklin, Adam Kleeberger, Ryan Smith, Tyler Hotson, Ryan Hamilton

USA: Blaine Scully, Takudzwa Ngwenya, Paul Emerick, Andrew Suniula, Kevin Swiryn, Nese Malifa, Mike Petri, Nic Johnson, Todd Clever, Louis Stanfill, Hayden Smith, John van der Giessen, Shawn Pittman, Phillip Thiel, Mate Moeakiola

Replacements used: Roland Suniula, Tai Enosa, Chris Biller

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