Men's Selects find APC win column against Uruguay A

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay - The Men's USA Rugby Selects are 1-1 after 2nd round play during the Americas Pacific Challenge. Following a rough outing against the Samoans, game play began to click in a match up with host nation Uruguay A. Resulting in a 49-36 final, the US gathers their confidence leading into a final sqare-off with rival Canada A. 

Head Coach Scott Lawrence revered the win stating, "We played the type of positive rugby ... we set out to do."

As in the opening match, the United States again kicked off to a quick start with three straight tries from Psalm Wooching, Tim Maupin and Aladdin Shirmer respectively. JP Eloff would miss a pair of conversions, but not after opening scoring with a penalty kick early in the 4'. Uruguay A would keep the Selects on their toes however with two scores before half, pressuring a 20-12 lead. 

Regardless, the pressure seemed to be in favor of the US and Lawrence recognized work from within the 22, "Once Mike McCarthy settled into the game he started to take the ball to the line and make plays"

The home team took an early half advantage, finding the pay dirt within the first minute, all leading to a well balanced attack from both sides as Josh Whippy would respond shortly after in the 49'. Shirmer and Maupin again put points on the board for the US with their second tries of the match, ultimately racing away with the win. For late insurance, Zach Pangelinan drove in a late try during the closing minute, with Ben Cima converting as teams retreated to the sidelines. 

"At one point the Uruguay front row on had over 100 caps." continued Lawrence, "Some scrum lessons learned and the challenge will increase with Canada"

The Men's USA Rugby Selects prepare for a final showing on Sunday at 1pmET against Canada A, who enters the match 0-2 on the tournament. The match can be seen on The Rugby Channel.

USA Selects v Uruguay A Starting Roster:
1. Chance Wenglewski (Sub Fifita @ 69')
2. Peter Malcolm (Sub Vorster @ 63')
3. Angus McClellan (Sub Moungaloa @ 47')
4. Brendan Daly 
5. Brendan Hardiman (Sub Jensen @ 56')
6. Ben Landry 
7. Psalm Wooching (Sub Germishuys @ 56')
8. Aladdin Schirmer 
9. Holden Yungert (de Haas @ 61')
10. Mike McCarthy (Sub Cima @ 61')
11. Josh Whippy 
12. Jean Pierre Eloff 
13. Bryce Campbell 
14. Tim Maupin 
15. Mitch Wilson (Sub Pangelinan @ 64')

Men's USA Selects Tour Staff:
Head Coach: Scott Lawrence
Assistant Coach: JD Stephenson
Assistant Coach: Scott Murray
Assistant Coach/Analyst: James Harrison
Team Manager: Chris Hanson
Athletic Trainer: Kevin Ng
Team Physician: Alexandra Myers