GLENDALE, Colorado (AP) — The United States edged Canada in a two-leg Rugby World Cup qualifier by nine points after winning the second test 38-16 on Saturday with a hat trick of tries by flanker Hanco Germishuys.
Following a surprising 34-21 loss last weekend in St. John’s, the U.S. dominated the set-pieces, led 25-9 at halftime and finished with six tries to a penalty try awarded to Canada in the dying seconds. It won the series on aggregate, 59-50.
The Eagles will face Uruguay on Oct. 2 and 9 for a place at the 2023 World Cup in Pool A with host France, New Zealand, Italy and an Africa qualifier.
Canada, which has never missed a Rugby World Cup, will play Chile. The winner faces the loser of the U.S.-Uruguay series for a spot in World Cup Pool D with England, Argentina, Japan and Samoa.