Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Canada officially clinched a spot in the 2015 Rugby World Cup with a 13-11 victory over the United States Saturday at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds.
With the win, the Canadians kept their record of competing in every Rugby World Cup –which began in 1987 — intact.
Saturday’s win wrapped up a two-game, total-points series against the US with a comprehensive 40-20 aggregate score. The Canadians earlier beat the Americans, 27-9 in Charleston, South Carolina.
“It was ugly, but it was a win,” Canadian head coach Kieran Crowley said. “We gutted it out, and it was a test win, so you know, we’re in the World Cup now.”
However, Crowley was not satisfied with the victory, saying he will review the game film to make necessary adjustments when they start preparation for the event.
“I’ll have to review the film,” he said. “We got our game going twice I think or three times, the kind of game we wanted to play.”
The Canadians are in for a tough test in the World Cup as they are grouped with France, Ireland, Italy and another yet-to-be-decided European qualifier in Pool D.
The Americans, for their part, suffered their seventh consecutive loss to Canada and will have to undergo a two-game qualifying series against Uruguay next summer.
“Our backs were against the wall,” said U.S. head coach Mike Tolkin. “We knew we had to come out and prove something to ourselves, prove that we could play the game, and we did.”
“We played with guts, with determination, we came out of the box strong, had Canada on the ropes for a while and spent a good deal of time in their territory, but we just needed to capitalize a lot more,” he added.