US edge Canada

The United States edged Canada in their final warm-up match for the Japan Rugby World Cup.

09 September 2019 | Sports

Martin Iosefo scored what proved to be the winning try, as the Unites States of America rallied to beat Canada 20-15 in the final tune-up for both teams ahead of the 2019 Japan Rugby World Cup.

He took a pass late in the game and accelerated quickly to the outside, and then powered his way past Canadian defender Shane O'Leary, before diving over in the corner.

This was the third meeting of the year between the two countries, with the Eagles having won the first meeting in March 30-25 and then again in June 47-19.

The Americans kept their six-year winning streak against Canada alive, but they had to come back from a 12-10 halftime deficit at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium to do it.

Cam Dolan and Dylan Fawsitt also scored tries for the Americans.

Canada scored tries through Gord McRorie and Peter Nelson and enjoyed the possession advantage with five minutes to go, but the American defence warded off their attacks.

Canadian prop Hubert Buydens needed stitches to repair a large cut on his forehead. He returned to the field, but was subbed again, with blood streaming down his face.

The Eagles' World Cup tournament kicks off against England in Kobe, Japan on 26 September.

Canada open against Italy on the same day in Fukuoka.

They still lead the all-time statistics against the US with 38 wins, 23 losses and two draws.

NAMPA/AFP

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