The USA Selects kick off against Uruguay A at 3pm PT, 6pm ET. A bonus-point win clinches 2nd in the ARC for the Americans (Argentina has already clinched 1st). If the USA and Canada (who kick off against the Argentina Jaguars at 5pm/8pm) tie on standings points, then the USA has the tiebreaker over the Canadians.
Injury time: USA turning over the ball and just waiting for final whistle.
79 min: Might have been the fatal blow. Uruguay knocks on the ball after a long possession, teams tiring, 20-8.
77 min: Uruguay with lineout near USA 15m and just looking to slow down ball and wait out clock. Americans good defense to turn over ball after multiple picks, but poor kick to touch awards another good lineout.
74 min: Momentum has shifted into Uruguay's hands, but USA has done well to slow down ball and get scrum. Hope to hold onto possession for last five minutes.
68 min: Uruguay #16, after a long assault on the USA tryline, dives over, 20-8.
65 min: What looked like a botched kick receipt when Prada errors on connecting pass, Uruguay able to slip through defense to 22m. Prada gets too ambitious and turns over in the offload and USA able to kick for some safety. Falcon comes on for Thiel.
63 min: Uruguay had a good op with a scrum inside the USA's 22 meter, but some slow phases eventually turns over the ball for American scrum. Chris Saint in for Davies. Wallace replaced by Lamositele.
58 min: Juan De Freitas looks to ground the ball after a monster run but Wallace gets under the ball. USA scrum on the 5m.
53 min: L'Estrange for the try! Uruguay drops the ball in tight and USA aptly secures. Davies box kicks and a fortunate pickup for the flyhalf sees him quickly into the try zone. Cowley converts for the 20-3 lead.
50 min: USA quickly in good territory thanks to a Uruguay penalty in the scrum. Excellent L'Estange kick puts USA in good position. Beauty chip ahead by L'Estrange is taken by de Achaval and Chapman picks up quickly from the tackle. Barrett finishes it off with a try in the corner, 13-3.
46 min: Nice inside pass sets up Wallace to power through the line. The prop hits Chapman in support wide and phases pummel to the line for the dive-over try from Chapman, 8-3.
Second half underway; Pittman replaces Sullivan in front row. Play begins with a Dolan knock-on in the kick receipt again.
Injury time: Cowley goes for a repeat penalty goal with no time remaining but falls short. 3-3 Halftime
39 min: USA powering to the tryline, as Tuisamoa offloads to Wallace in perfect support. Ill-advised offload begets turnover and clearing kick ... that doesn't make touch. USA regroups nicely and restarts long drive. Play finally stalls with Uruguay penalty.
34 min: Good eyes by L'Estrange sees the flyhalf through a gap, but a tap tackle knocks the ball on. Uruguay scrum in own end.
30 min: Uruguay's lineouts struggling; lost three thus far.
USA answers and spins Uruguay's best platform for a try. Eagle scrum inside their 22m. Nice centering pick from Dolan and Toby L'Estange's good clearing kick resets play at Eagles' 40m
25 min: First breach of either teams' 22m; starts with nice driving maul off Uruguay lineout. Uruguay gets the advantage but opts for scrum versus points.
22 min: Referee frustrated with USA at breakdown; six penalties thus far.
Penalties killing USA opportunities. Nice take by Derek Asbun after Uruguay overthrow in lineout. But slow support sets up not-releasing penalty and eventual Uruguay lineout.
Cam Dolan errors on the kick receipt, awarding Uruguay scrum that drives down the field. USA saves face by stealing subsequent ruck, but Davies kick to touch goes straight to touch.
14 min: Brilliant sideline penalty from Joe Cowley ties it up for the USA. 3-3
13 min: What looked like a desperate kick to touch 10 min: Nice kick return from Uruguay captain Joaquín Prada and USA penalty sets up Uruguay attempt at goal. Prada nails it, 3-0.
8 min: 3rd penalty allows Uruguay deep in USA territory, but Americans steal lineout and launch kicking battle. Uruguay eventually knocks on for midfield scrum.
Uruguay botches clearing kick, USA gets good meters wide, but penalty hands over possession again.
Game's kicked off. USA keeps their own kickoff and nearly gets to the 22m before handing over possession. Scrum to Uruguay.
|Rodolfo De Mula
|Juan Pedro Rombys
|Juan De Freitas
||Toby L'Estrange (C)
||Maximo de Achaval