Canada Edge Eagles in Toronto

Canada Edge Eagles in Toronto

Toronto, CANADA – Despite a late comeback from the Eagles, Canada held on for a 28-22 win in front of a record crowd of more than 10,000 at BMO Field. In so doing Canada retain the Can/Am Trophy. The match was aired LIVE on TSN in Canada and Universal Sports in America.

The USA produced some excellent passages of play, scoring three team tries in the process.

Eagles Head Coach, Eddie O’Sullivan, said: “We are disappointed, it would have been great to get the win here in Toronto. We let in a couple of tries from very simple errors that really hurt us, and put ourselves under pressure. But we responded well and got back into the game,”

The Eagles will travel back to Glendale, Colorado, tomorrow for what will be a very busy week. The USA Select XV will play the Glendale Raptors on Wednesday August 10 at Infinity Park. Then on Saturday, August 13, the Eagles will take on Canada at the same venue, with kick-off at 7.15 P.M. This match will be broadcast LIVE – both online and on television - through Universal Sports.

“There were plenty of positives against Canada. Our scrum was very solid and our line-out fired well for the most part. We scored some good tries, and with more time together, the team cohesiveness will only improve. We have one week to fine tune things before the return match,” said O’Sullivan.

Canada scored in the opening few minutes through flanker Jebb Sinclair who capitalized on a stray, quick line-out. Wing James Pritchard converted from the touchline, giving Canada a 7-0 lead.

The Eagles came back through strong forward play, resulting in a successful penalty for flyhalf Nese Malifa. Shortly thereafter, the Eagles maintained phase possession, and stretched the Canadian defense. Biarritz winger Takudzwa Ngwenya stepped inside his defender, breaking free for the first USA try. After Malifa’s conversion the Eagles lead 10-7 with 25 minutes played.

Canada had their chances in the first half, but was stopped by some excellent American defense. The next score came from broken play with hooker Phil Thiel superbly offloading in the tackle. The ball eventually found Kevin Swiryn who set free captain Todd Clever, diving over in the corner to score.

Canada kicked a late penalty to end the half with the Eagles leading 15-10.

The second period didn’t start well for the USA as Malifa fumbled a pass on his own tryline, resulting in a five pointer for wing Phil Mackenzie. Pritchard converted, and Canada led 17-15. Soon afterwards, Canadian scrumhalf Ed Fairhurst broke through and slid his way over for another try.

The Eagles were certainly not done, and bounced back with Clever smashing through at close range, scoring his second of the match. Replacement Tai Enosa kicked the extra, and brought the scoreboard within three points.

The last few minutes kept the fans on the edge of their seats, but it wasn’t to be for the visitors, as Canada kicked a final penalty to edge the USA 28-22.

The return match at Infinity Park will be eagerly awaited.



15 Blaine Scully (Unattached)

14 Takudzwa Ngwenya (Biarritz)

13 Paul Emerick (Life University)

12 Andrew Suniula (Chicago Griffins)

11 Kevin Swiryn (Agen)

10 Nese Malifa (Glendale)

9 Mike Petri (New York Athletic Club)

1 Mate Moeakiola (Bobigny 93)

2 Phillip Thiel (Life University)

3 Shawn Pittman (London Welsh)

4 John van der Giessen (Unattached)

5 Hayden Smith (Saracens)

6 Louis Stanfill (Unattached)

7 Todd Clever (Suntory Sungoliath) *Captain

8 Nic Johnson (Unattached)



16 Chris Biller (San Francisco Golden Gate)

17 Eric Fry (Las Vegas Blackjacks)

18 Inaki Basauri (Perigueux)

19 Jonathan ‘JJ’ Gagiano (Univ. of Cape Town)

20 Tim Usasz (Nottingham RFC)

21 Roland Suniula (Boston Rugby)

22 Tai Enosa (Belmont Shore)


USA Tries: Ngwenya (23’), Clever (34’, 77’) Conversions: Malifa (24’), Enosa (78’) Penalties: Malifa (10’)

Substitutions: R.Suniula on for Malifa (46’), Usasz on for Petri (55’), Fry on for Moeakiola (57’), Basauri on for van der Giessen (59’), Enosa on for Swiryn (75’), Biller on for Thiel (78’)



15 Matt Evans (Unattached)

14 Phil Mackenzie (Esher)

13 DTH van der Merwe (Glasgow Warriors)

12 Mike Scholz (Ontario Blues)

11 James Pritchard (Bedford)

10 Ander Monro (Ontario Blues)

9 Ed Fairhurst (UBC Old Boys Ravens)

1 Hubert Buydens (Prairie Wolf Pack)

2 Pat Riordan (BC Bears) *Captain

3 Jason Marshall (BC Bears)

4 Brian Erichsen (BC Bears)

5 Jamie Cudmore (ASM Clermont Auvergne)

6 Jebb Sinclair (The Rock)

7 Chauncey O'Toole (The Rock)

8 Aaron Carpenter (Plymouth Albion)



16 Ryan Hamilton (BC Bears)

17 Scott Franklin (Prairie Wolf Pack)

18 Tyler Hotson (Plymouth)

19 Adam Kleeberger (BC Bears)

20 Sean White (BC Bears)

21 Ryan Smith (Prairie Wolf Pack)

22 Ciaran Hearn (The Rock)

Canada Tries: Sinclair (6’), Mackenzie (44’), Fairhurst (59’) Conversions: Pritchard (6’, 44’) Penalties: Pritchard (38’, 55’, 78’)

Substitutions: Hearn on for Evans (16’), Franklin on for Buydens - Blood (64’) Buydens on for Franklin – Blood (69’), Kleeberger on for Sinclair (71’), Smith on for Scholz (75’), Hotson on for Erichsen (75’), Hamilton on for Riordan (80’)



August 10, 2011: USA Select XV v. Glendale Raptors (Infinity Park, Glendale, CO)

Kickoff 6.15 P.M PST / 7.15 P.M MST / 8.15 P.M CST / 9.15 P.M EST

Buy tickets online by clicking here.

August 13, 2011: USA v. Canada (Infinity Park, Glendale, CO)

Kickoff 6.15 P.M PST / 7.15 P.M MST / 8.15 P.M CST / 9.15 P.M EST

Buy tickets online by clicking here.

August 21, 2011: USA v. Japan (Prince Chichbu Memorial Rugby Ground, Tokyo, Japan)

Kickoff 2.00 A.M PST / 3.00 A.M MST / 4.00 A.M CST / 5.00 A.M EST

Buy tickets online by clicking here.

USA Rugby's broadcast partner, NBC Universal, will be showing all three USA warm-up matches LIVE on, with TV times listed.

Click here to find out more details.



September 11, 2011: USA vs. Ireland (New Plymouth)

September 15, 2011: USA vs. Russia (New Plymouth)

September 23, 2011: USA vs. Australia (Wellington)

September 27, 2011: USA vs. Italy (Nelson)

Further Information:

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