“Three steps ahead final week, two steps again this week. We have to make (positive) we hold our confidence and we don’t make any excuses. We simply repair what’s gone mistaken tonight.”
The Eagles transfer on to face No. 17 Uruguay on Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 to find out who slots into Pool A at France 2023 as Americas 1 with No. 2 New Zealand, No. 5 France, No. 14 Italy and Africa 1.
The group that qualifies as Americas 1 has some two years to arrange for France 2023. Incomes the precise to hitch them will take Canada extra effort and time.
The Canadians now should get previous No. 28 Chile to progress to the Americas 2 playoff towards the loser of the U.S.-Uruguay collection. Canada will host the Chileans on Oct. 2 in Langford, B.C., with the rematch Oct. 9 in Chile.
“They’ll be formidable,” stated Jones. “They’ve acquired an excellent set piece. They’ve acquired a wonderful coach (Uruguayan Pablo Lemoine). They’ll be totally dedicated. We all know what they’re like, South American groups, notably at dwelling. We’ve acquired a giant problem.
“But when we performed Uruguay, that might be a giant problem. Clearly we might have most popular that route. However the usA. gained’t have it straightforward towards Uruguay.”
The Americas 2 playoff winner slots into Pool D on the World Cup alongside No. 3 England, No. 6 Argentina, No. 10 Japan and No. 13 Samoa. The Americas 2 playoff loser has yet another probability to qualify through a repechage event.
Argentina, the powerhouse within the Americas, certified for France by advantage of its top-12 efficiency on the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Uruguay gained the SAR (Sudamerica Rugby) 3 Nations Event with Chile runner-up and Brazil third.
Rebounding from the first-leg loss, the U.S. ran in 4 first-half tries for a 25-9 lead and a three-point combination benefit. Canada paid for errors, squandered alternatives and have been on the again foot many of the evening as their set items faltered at a windy Infinity Park Stadium.
The Individuals scored 13 extra factors within the second half. Canada added a penalty strive within the dying seconds after laying siege to the U.S. try-line.
American strain on the set piece, each scrum and lineout, took its toll.
“Below strain, in these circumstances I believe the gamers can be the primary to confess, the execution of our kicking, our passing, our lineout throwing, lifting, all of it got here undone,” stated Jones.
Peter Nelson kicked two penalties for Canada. Cooper Coats added one other penalty.
“I believe it got here right down to our particular person errors, to be trustworthy” stated Canadian captain Lucas Rumball. “It’s actually disappointing and irritating.
“If you happen to look throughout the group, I guess you each particular person dropped the ball or made an error. It’s robust to win video games on the worldwide degree once you’re doing that.”
Christian Dyer, Ruben de Haas and Joe Taufete’e additionally scored tries for the U.S. A.J. MacGinty kicked a conversion and penalty. De Haas added a drop objective.
The U.S. win ended a seven-game dropping streak.
In St. John’s, the Eagles led 14-10 final week after a primary half that noticed Canadians Matt Heaton and Conor Keys despatched to the sin-bin. Canada reeled off 24 straight factors within the second half earlier than U.S. debutante Tavite Lopeti scored a transformed strive underneath the posts within the 82nd minute to chop the result in 34-21.
“We have been humbled,” MacGinty, the U.S. fly half and captain, stated of the primary sport.
“The coaching classes (this week) have been so a lot better. We have been sharper, we have been extra aggressive in all the pieces we did.”
Jones named an unchanged beginning lineup, a primary for Canada in 153 assessments courting again to 2000. The one change was among the many replacements the place veteran Kyle Baillie changed Mason Flesch.
Canada’s matchday 23 featured 10 members of the Toronto Arrows, together with six within the beginning 15.
The U.S. made seven adjustments.
MacGinty, who performs in England for Sale Sharks, began after coming off the bench final week after arriving late on account of journey problems. The U.S. additionally began a wholly new entrance row with abroad execs David Ainu’u (Toulouse, France), Kapeli Pifeleti (Saracens, England) and Taufete’e (Lyon, France) shifting up from the bench.
The Canadian males have by no means missed a World Cup, though they needed to qualify the arduous approach final trip — profitable a four-team repechage. The Individuals have solely did not qualify as soon as, in 1995.
As a result of pandemic-related schedule interruptions, each groups had solely performed twice for the reason that 2019 World Cup with the matches coming in July’s take a look at window.
Canada misplaced 68-12 to No. 9 Wales and 70-14 to England in its lone motion since falling 66-7 to eventual World Cup champion South Africa on Oct. 8, 2019. The Individuals have been overwhelmed 43-29 by England and 71-10 by No. 4 Eire in July.
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This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Sept. 12, 2021
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press