No8 Cam Dolan scores three tries in 42 -1 7 win in Halifax, Nova Scotia that is the Eagles eighth successive victory in 2018
The USA widened their record unbeaten run against Canada to nine Tests in the first rugby Test ever played in Nova Scotia on Saturday, following their historic win over Scotland in Houston with a six-try, 42 -1 7 victory over their fighting northern neighbours.
Thanks to a superior pack, US fly-half AJ MacGinty dictated proceedings after his team had endured a rugged opening quarter from the home side.
” I dont think there's any trend or got anything to particularly worry about, we started a whole lot better today than we have in a lot of other games ,” Eagles head coach-and-four Gary Gold said after the game, requested information about his team's slow start.
” Sometimes you can find yourself over analysing things but the really positive phase is once we did concede any points, we didn't panic. The guys stuck to the task and it was a good performance .”
A chip and scoop by MacGinty set up the former Northampton and Cardiff No8 Cam Dolan for the first USA try, and the Sale fly-half's cut-out pass sent in the left wing Nate Augspurger , now with the San Diego Legion in Major League Rugby, for the second. Canada threatened on halftime but lost the ball on the line and trailed 13 -3 at the break.
Augspurger turned provider for Dolan's second before Canada replied by sending the Newcastle flanker Evan Olmstead over in a rolling maul to trail by 10 and still be a threat.
That evaporated with about 10 minutes to go when Eagles replacement flanker Vili Toluta'u, on his debut out of the Seattle Seawolves MLR team, was held up. Dolan used the following scrum to power over for his hat-trick try.