ARC championship: Eagles Select XV finished second at the tournament for the second consecutive year.
Via usarugby.org LANGFORD, British Columbia – The Eagles Select XV defeated Uruguay, 30-5, Sunday at Westhills Stadium to finish in second place at 2014 IRB Americas Rugby Championship.
The Eagles compiled a 2-1 record in Canada with victories against the host and Uruguay and an opening-night loss to tournament champion Argentina.
The Eagles took a few other penalties in the following minutes but were able to slow the game down and go through attacking phases. Zack Test, in his first start for the Eagles Select XV, proved why his sevens style translates to the 15s version of the game with a few moves on the wing. In the 11th minute, Ben Pinkelman ran through a hold in the Uruguayan defense nearly 20 meters from the try line and dotted down for the match’s first points.
Though Adam Siddall’s conversion attempt was unsuccessful, the 5-0 lead spurred the Eagles on to confident attacking play. Tim Stanfill was meters from doubling the lead after a quick pass to the wing was called forward by the match official.
A few minutes later, the Eagles again asked questions of the Uruguay defense with an attack that threatened less than 10 meters from the try line. A knock-on turned over possession, something that would happen too often deep in the Uruguayan half in the first period.
Uruguay could have turned the table on the Eagles in the 26th minute with a good break down the left wing, but Test was there to make the tackle and draw a penalty from the attacker.
The Eagles could have scored twice in a three-minute span before the end of the half. First, after winning a lineout five meters from the try line, they lost possession after a few phases to a knock. In the 33rd minute, Stanfill, from the ground not far from the try line, popped the ball out to Andrew Durutalo, who was not able to dot down before a defender knocked it away.
“The guys worked hard and made a lot of progress in a short time,” Tolkin said. “Playing the Jaguars first up was very demanding but also got us up to speed more quickly than an easier game. Getting the silver again was satisfying.”
Argentina defeated Canada ‘A’ in the final match Sunday, giving the Jaguars their fourth consecutive ARC championship. The Eagles Select XV finished second at the tournament for the second consecutive year.
“The guys worked hard and made a lot of progress in a short time,” Tolkin said. “Playing the Jaguars first up was very demanding but also got us up to speed more quickly than an easier game. Getting the silver again was satisfying.” Read More>