Wallabies outscore Eagles at Soldier Field in final match ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015

CHICAGO - The Men's Eagles kept Australia to two first-half tries and a four-point lead after 40 minutes at Soldier Field Saturday night, but the professionalism of the second-ranked nation in World Rugby saw out the visitor's 47-10 victory.

Astellas, sponsor of the second international test match at Soldier Field, also presented a $75,000 check to Prostate Cancer Foundation. Thousands participated in the pharmaceutical company's #Pass4Prostate social media campaign in the months leading up to the match to raise awareness for the second-most common cancer in men worldwide.

Taku Ngwenya set up Mike Petri for the U.S.'s first try against a Tier One nation since Paul Emerick's against Italy in 2012 and AJ MacGinty kicked the conversion and a penalty goal for the U.S., while the Wallabies got around a stout defensive effort from the home side with multiple set piece turnovers and seven tries.

Confirmed by MacGinty live on NBC Sports Network, the Eagles began the match slower than they would have liked, and paid the price. Several penalties in quick succession following on pacey play from the visitors resulted in an early sinning for Greg Peterson.

The seventh-minute card was followed by a lineout, and Nick Phipps found Bernard Foley in front of the posts. The fly half sidestepped his way into the try zone with the extra space on the pitch and kicked his own conversion for a 7-0 lead.

Australia was not without its own unforced errors throughout the match. A kick into touch on the full from outside the team's 22 gave the Eagles a platform for attack at the offensive 10. A knock on the opposite side of the pitch ended the attack, and Australia put the ball deep into U.S. territory.

Blaine Scully, at full back while 50-cap captain Chris Wyles patrolled the wing, cleared the ball with his boot after placing the ball in his own try zone in the 15th minute. Australia went up the field in transition and kept the ball out of contact for Phipps to finish with the try. Foley converted his second chance at the two-pointer to extend the lead to 14-0.

The Eagles settled down their attack and drew a penalty at Australia's 10 midway through the first half, and MacGinty made no mistake with the U.S.'s only penalty goal attempt of the match to cut the deficit to 14-3.

The ferocious pace of the Eagles' defense did cause Australia problems and kept the Wallabies from using their own quickness on the wings. Seamus Kelly and Thretton Palamo used their tackling abilities to slow down the play behind the gain line, while Ngwenya was not happy with Australia keeping the ball from him.

Australia lost the ball trying to get it through hands quickly with the Eagles in the faces of those wearing yellow shirts, and a particular turnover in a 30th-minute breakdown saw Wyles chase a kicked ball nearly 50 meters. Though Australia was able to clear, Eric Fry grabbed the ball from another breakdown to put the U.S. back on the offensive.

Within 30 seconds of Fry's turnover, the Eagles moved the ball to the wing and Ngwenya. The Wallabies defenders gave the scorer of one of Rugby World Cup 2007's tries of the tournament an extra meter, and a cut inside brought the run closer to Petri in support. Ngwenya offloaded on his way to ground and Petri dove into the try zone for the try. MacGinty converted for a 14-10 lead, and a knock by Australia with some space ahead of the in-goal area brought forth the referee's whistle.

Ngwenya continued to force the issue on both sides of the ball from the touch line, and found himself with ball in hand in the 43rd minute. The winger stayed out of the tackle, bouncing off of two defenders, as he stepped towards the middle of the pitch, but Scully was penalized after a kick found Australian hands.

A 48th-minute maul by the Wallabies won a penalty, which set up a 10-meter maul for the visitors. The maul again drove forward, and flanker Sean McMahon managed to get the ball down in-goal for a 21-10 score.

Within five minutes, Australia found itself back within 10 meters of the Eagles' try line, and another maul from the lineout gave Dean Mumm the opportunity to score his third career try. Foley successfully kicked his fourth conversion to put the score at 28-10.

Danny Barrett put some of his sevens skills to use in the 60th minute, sending his opposite number to the grass with a sidestep. Ngwenya drew a penalty later in the attack, but the scoring opportunity was left wanting after a penalty against the U.S. in the breakdown.

Barrett and Ngwenya combined again a minute later, but a knock turned the ball back into Wallabies hands. The winger stepped up on defense to force Australia the other way, and another Eagle gave a yellow shirt a what-for to send the ball looping over the awaiting Australian. Wyles intercepted the pass inside his team's 10 and ran away from the chasing defender to the 22, but was tackled before he could reach the try zone.

The Eagles won a penalty from the chance created by Wyles, but the five-meter lineout was overthrown. Australia gathered and scored on the transition through full back Kurtley Beale. Five minutes later, Quade Cooper dotted down through Andrew Durutalo and Scully to extend the lead to 42-10, and debutant Taqele Naiyaravoro used his first international touch to bring the final score to 47-10.

The match at Soldier Field - the second international test match at the home of the National Football League's Chicago Bears in less than 10 months - set an attendance record for second-largest international rugby match in the U.S. with 23,212 fans. The match was a proper send-off on the field and off of it for the Eagles, who now turn their attention to Rugby World Cup 2015.

"It wasn't the same as the All Blacks match in November," Wyles said at the post-match press conference, "but the noise was pretty electric. We appreciate that home-field support. It felt like, in the first half, we had some momentum and the crowd was getting behind us, but we let that slip in the second half.

"[We have] an amazing home crowd. We make more noise than there is actually people."

The fourth home match of the summer ends the Eagles' Rugby World Cup 2015 build-up campaign, which featured seven matches, three wins, and two defeats of rival Canada north of the border.

The U.S. will play Samoa Sunday, Sept. 20, in its first Pool B match at Brighton Community Stadium. Each of the Eagles' four pool matches will be broadcast live on Universal Sports.

Men's Eagles | v. Australia

1. Eric Fry (Kilifi @ 56')

2. Zach Fenoglio (Thiel @ 56')

3. Titi Lamositele (Baumann @ 58')

4. Cameron Dolan (Stanfill @ 58')

5. Greg Peterson

6. Al McFarland (Barrett @ 38')

7. Andrew Durutalo

8. Samu Manoa (Quill @ 40')

9. Mike Petri

10. AJ MacGinty (Suniula @ 71')

11. Chris Wyles (C)

12. Thretton Palamo (Niua @ 75')

13. Seamus Kelly

14. Takudzwa Ngwenya

15. Blaine Scully

Men's Eagles | Reserves

16. Phil Thiel

17. Olive Kilifi

18. Chris Baumann

19. Louis Stanfill

20. John Quill

21. Danny Barrett

22. Shalom Suniula

23. Folau Niua

Australia | v. USA

1. James Slipper (C)

2. Tatafu Polota-Nau (Hanson @ 58')

3. Greg Holmes (Smith @ 56')

4. Kane Douglas

5. Rob Simmons (Mumm @ 46')

6. Ben McCalman

7. Sean McMahon

8. Wycliff Palu (Carter @ 50')

9. Nick Phipps (Genia @ 46')

10. Bernard Foley

11. Rob Horne (Naiyaravoro @ 70')

12. Matt Giteau (Cooper @ 55')

13. Henry Speight

14. Joe Tomane

15. Kurtley Beale

Australia | Reserves

16. James Hanson

17. Scott Sio

18. Toby Smith

19. Sam Carter

20. Dean Mumm

21. Quade Cooper

22. Will Genia

23. Taqele Naiyaravoro

Men's Eagles | 10

Tries: Petri

Conversions: MacGinty

Penalties: MacGinty

Discipline: Peterson (yellow)

Australia | 47

Tries: Foley, Phipps, McMahon, Mumm, Beale, Cooper, Naiyaravoro

Conversions: Foley (6)

Men's Eagles | Pre-Rugby World Cup Tour

v. Canada - W 41-23

v. Harlequin F.C. - L 24-19

v. Australia - L 47-10