USA beat Uruguay by 19-16 in an extremely exciting match at the start of the series where he will determine who will be Americas 1 at France 2023 World Cup. Next weekend, in Montevideo, the return will be disputed.
In the first half, the match was extremely even and both teams had a hard time getting to the opposite side. The one who managed to open the scoreboard was Felipe Berchesi with a penalty. Despite this, USA was the one who converted the only tries of the first half into the hands of Cam Dolan and of Christian dyer and they went at halftime 14-3 up on the scoreboard.
In the second half, the North American team started with everything, since after nine minutes of play, they managed to reach their third conquest in the hands of Mika Kruse. Los Teros they began to battle against the great defense of The Eagles, where they were seldom confused and conceded two penalties before reaching the last ten minutes, which Berchesi he was able to convert them.
When it looked like the difference was going to be 10 points, Guillermo Pujadas managed to score the only Uruguayan try and the good kick of Berchesi closed the result at 19-16, leaving everything to be defined in Uruguay the next Saturday, October 9, where the winner of the series will take the place in the France 2023 World Cup.
UNITED STATES (19): 1. David Ainu’u, 2. Kapeli Pifeleti, 3. Joe Taufete’e, 4. Nate Brakeley, 5. Nick Civetta, 6. Hanco Germishuys, 7. Andrew Guerra, 8. Cam Dolan, 9. Ruben De Haas , 10. Will Magie, 11. Mika Kruse, 12. Bryce Campbell (C), 13. Tavite Lopeti, 14. Christian Dyer, 15. Marcel Brache.
Substitutes: 16. Dylan Fawsitt, 17. Matt Harmon, 18. Paul Mullen, 19. Greg Peterson, 20. Moni Tonga’uiha, 21. Nate Augspurger, 22. Luke Carty, 23. Will Hooley
Coach: Gary Gold.
URUGUAY (16): 1. Mateo Sanguinetti, 2. Facundo Gattas, 3. Diego Arbelo, 4. Ignacio Dotti, 5. Manuel Leindekar, 6. Manuel Ardao, 7. Santiago Civetta, 8. Manuel Diana, 9. Santiago Arata, 10. Felipe Berchesi, 11. Gastón MIeres, 12. Andrés Vilaseca (C), 13. Nicolás Freitas, 14. Rodrigo Silva, 15. Felipe Etcheverry.
Substitutes: 16. Guillermo Pujadas, 17. Juan Echeverria, 18. Matías Benítez, 19. Diego Magno, 20. Eric Dosantos, 21. Tomás Inciarte, 22. Federico Favaro, 23. Felipe Arcos Pérez
Coach: Esteban Meneses
POINTS IN THE FIRST TIME: 8 ‘Penalty converted by Felipe Berchesi (URU), 19’ Try by Cam Dolan converted by Will Magie (USA), 39 ‘Try Christian Dyer converted by Will Magie (USA).
Partial result: United States 14-3 Uruguay
POINTS IN THE SECOND TIME: 9 ‘Try by Mika Kruse converted by Will Magie (USA), 22’ and 29 ‘penalties converted by Felipe Berchesi (URU), 37’ Try by Guillermo Pujadas converted by Felipe Berchesi (URU),
Final score: United States 19-16 Uruguay
REFEREE: Frank Murphy
BASKETBALL COURT: Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado.