Canada recorded a morale-boosting 28-22 victory over the United States in a World Cup warm-up clash at BMO Stadium in Toronto.
Canada recorded a morale-boosting 28-22 win over the United States in a World Cup warm-up clash in Toronto.
The hosting Canucks opened the scoring in the sixth minute with turnover ball seeing new London Irish signing, Jebb Sinclair, going over the line.
Eddie O'Sullivan's side hit back immediately though and scored fifteen points in a good spell. Takudzwa Ngwenya was continually a threat.
Canadian winger James Pritchard made the game 15-10 with a penalty and more followed.
Second-half scores by Phil Mackenzie and Ed Fairhurst, along with Pritchard's boot ensured victory on home soil for Canada.
Todd Clever scored two tries for the States and will get the chance to exact revenge over Canada when these two nations meet again next week.
Tries: Sinclair, Mackenzie, Fairhurst
Con: Pritchard 2
Pen: Pritchard 3
Tries: Ngwenya, Clever 2
Con: Malifa, Enosa
Canada: 15 Matt Evans, 14 Phil Mackenzie, 13 DTH van der Merwe, 12 Mike Scholz, 11 James Pritchard, 10 Ander Monro, 9 Ed Fairhurst, 8 Aaron Carpenter, 7 Chauncey O'Toole, 6 Jebb Sinclair, 5 Jamie Cudmore, 4 Brian Erichsen, 3 Jason Marshall, 2 Pat Riordan, 1 Hubert Buydens.
Replacements: 16 Ryan Hamilton, 17 Scott Franklin, 18 Tyler Hotson, 19 Adam Kleeberger, 20 Sean White, 21 Ryan Smith, 22 Ciaran Hearn.
USA: 15 Blaine Scully, 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 13 Paul Emerick, 12 Andrew Suniula, 11 Kevin Swiryn, 10 Nese Malifa, 9 Mike Petri, 8 Nic Johnson, 7 Todd Clever, 6 Louis Stanfill, 5 Hayden Smith, 4 John van der Giessen, 3 Shawn Pittman, 2 Phillip Thiel, 1 Mate Moeakiola.
Replacements: 16 Chris Biller, 17 Eric Fry, 18 Inaki Basauri, 19 Jonathan 'JJ' Gagiano, 20 Tim Usasz, 21 Roland Suniula, 22 Tai Enosa.
Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)