By qualifying for the 2023 World Cup in France, Canada came back in the second half and defeated the United States 34-21 as a visitor. Thus, the Canucks won the first leg and are ahead of the rematch, which will be next Friday, September 10.
As soon as the match started, the Las Águilas team added their first 7 points after a penalty try. Despite being at a yellow disadvantage to Duru-Sears, the visit quickly tied the match through Thomas. In the first 40 minutes, Canada’s indiscipline left them with 14. However, Nelson, the starter, was able to stretch the difference to three points through a penalty. When the first half ended, Fa’anana-Schultz, the American third row, reached the ingoal and after Magie’s conversion, the set was 14 to 10 in favor of theirs.
In the second stage, Canada went in search of the match and when the complement was just beginning, its captain, Rumball, managed to support the try. From there, it was Canadian dominance, which was able to support twice more through Lesage and Webster and stretched differences with a Nelson penalty, to the point that the local team had the advantage by 34 to 14. Already in time, a try Penalty in favor of the United States decreed the final 34 to 21.
With this result, Canada took advantage of the rematch and dreams of playing the playoffs against Uruguay, the winner of the South America 1 qualification.
The confrontation between South America 1 (Uruguay) and North America 1 (Canada or United States) will be played in home and away matches on October 2 and 9 and the winner of said key will obtain the direct classification to the World Cup in France 2023 as Americas 1. First it will be played in the north and the series will be defined in Montevideo.
The winner will play in Group A in France, alongside the host, three-time world champion New Zealand, Italy and the Africa 1 ranked team.