USA Eagles
42 13
Canada
17 3
Men's Eagles  @ Wanderers Grounds
June 23, 20184:00 pm ADT
June Internationals
Referee:  Alex Ruiz
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Men's Eagles Defeat Rival-Canada for Full June Test Series Sweep

HALIFAX, N.S. - The United States Men's Eagles are undefeated in 2018. Extending a winning streak record to 8-0, the U.S. defeated rival-Canada, 42-17 in front of a loud stadium in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As team momentum builds and records are set, the Men's National Team walks away from the Emirates Airline Summer Series with big smiles as they look ahead to November against the New Zealand Maori.

Having gone through a tough stretch this year, the Canadian Men's National Team took the field this afternoon with fresh energy as they opened a new stadium at Wanderers Grounds in front of a packed house on the eastern coast of the country. Paired up with their long-time rival none the less, this game was well in Canadian proud hands to start.

"I dont think there's any trend or anything to particularly worry about, we started a lot better today than we have in a lot of other games," said Head Coach Gary Gold. "Sometimes you can find yourself over analyzing things but the really positive point is once we did concede any points we didn't panic. the guys stuck to the task and it was a good performance."

The U.S. did earn the early scrum at midfield, but possession was heavily tilted in the home team's favor. Outside of a few kick through attempts from Will Hooley and AJ MacGinty, Canada held the ball and the Americans on their heels in the early going. A high tackle from Samu Manoa gave Canada a kick to touch, placing them 5 meters out and a first striking opportunity. The Eagles forced a turnover, but the threat wasn't over with the ball still deep in their own end. Canada would regain control, earn a penalty and take the 0-3 lead off a Shane O'Leary kick.

Still cornered after the reset, Canada was back on the USA line after a dangerous breakaway up the middle. Luckily, scrum half Shaun Davies was able to win the foot race and punch the ball out to Marcel Brache who kicked to clear.

Finally piecing together a strong possession, eventual Man of the Match MacGinty went to the boot and as he does so well, chasing down his own kick. With a made for TV acrobatic leap, MacGinty reeled in the fortunate bounce and found Cam Dolan to his left for the first try of the afternoon. Moments later, Canada would concede a penalty giving MacGinty an opportunity for poles. Despite missing the conversion before, his kick went right through. United States up, 8-3.

Off the restart, the US had found their rhythm and were starting to put the pressure back on Canada. Catching the defense off guard, Nate Augspurger - playing wing - caught a massive arch pass from under the posts to dot down near the left touch line. Thirteen straight points for the Americans as halftime inched closer.

Not willing to concede momentum at the break, the Canadians pieced together a strong series from just 5 meters out. Nearly getting ball to grass, the home team was kept off the scoreboard after brilliant line defense from the Eagles.

Halftime whistle blows, USA up 13-3.

During the break, Assistant Coach Greg McWilliams spoke with the broadcast stating his team needed to "be a bit more patient on our attack." They would do just that on a fluid series as Augspurger held the ball, read the defense and cleanly found Dolan on his left for another try.

Penalties would continue to be a stress for the U.S. as they were called for not rolling away from the ball, allowing Canada to collect their first try out of a 5-meter scrum. Despite the win, the U.S. lost the penalty battle owning eight over Canada's five.

One of those five penalties however came shortly after, giving MacGinty a straight away kick for three more. Then, the U.S. started to run away with it, 23-10.

Canada continued to piece together quality drives into the 60' as they found a hole on the left flank, breaking through for what looked to be a sure five points until Captain Blaine Scully chased the ball down and again, kept Canadian points off the board.

Some noteworthy Men's Eagles moments occurred in the second half as Head Coach Gary Gold called Vili Toluta'u into the game for Flanker Ben Landry, awarding the MLR standout with the Seattle Seawolves, his first USA Eagle cap. Free State Cheetahs', Ruben de Haas, would also notch a career first with a try in the final minute of the game.

Tally in a brilliant try from Scully and third from Dolan to complete the hat trick, the United States Men's Eagle soon walked away victorious, keeping the CanAm trophy in home possession. USA wins over Canada, 42-17.

The team will head home through the Fall, until they reconvene in Chicago for The Rugby Weekend in a clash with the New Zealand Maori All Blacks, kicking off their November tour. The three-game tripleheader will also feature the Women's National Team against the Black Ferns, followed by a match between Ireland and Italy for the Men's National Team closes it out. 

Tickets for The Rugby Weekend are on sale now and going quickly. To purchase, visit therugbyweekend.com.

MEN'S EAGLES STAFF | v CANADA | JUNE 23, 2018

Head CoachGary Gold
Assistant CoachShawn Pittman
Assistant CoachGreg McWilliams
Strength & Conditioning CoachHuw Bevan 
Performance AnalystJimmy Harrison
Team ManagerChris Hanson
Head Athletic TrainerKevin Ng
Team DoctorBruce Miller
Assistant Athletic Trainer Matt Lopez 

USA MEN'S EAGLES SCHEDULE | 2018 JUNE TEST SERIES 

Emirates Airline Summer Series
vs. Russia - 62-13 (W)

Emirates Airline Summer Series
vs. Scotland - 30-29 (W)

vs. Canada - 42-17 (W)