Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dolan Scores Hat Trick, Americans Down Canada 42-17 in Rugby Test Match

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dolan Scores Hat Trick, Americans Down Canada 42-17 in Rugby Test Match

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U.S. downs Canada 42-17 in rugby test

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HALIFAX - Cam Dolan scored three tries as the United States downed Canada 42-17 to take home the Can-Am Cup in a rugby test match Saturday.

Nate Augspurger, Blaine Scully and Ruben de Haas also scored tries for the American team known as the U.S. Eagles. AJ Macginty had four conversions and two penalties, earning man of the match honours.

Evan Olmstead and Jeff Hassler had second-half tries for the Canadians. Shane O'Leary had a penalty and two conversions.

"I don't think it was really a full 80-minute performance," said Olmstead, although he added the home team "really showed some improvement in patches."

"We looked really dangerous with the ball, we scored some good tries all over the park," he said. "But (we had) just too many mistakes."

The game was the 60th between the two North American rivals in a series that started with a 17-6 Canada victory in May 1977 in Burnaby, B.C.

Canada leads the overall series 38-20-2, although the Americans have dominated in recent years with an 8-0-1 record since losing a 13-11 decision at BMO Field in August 2013.

Canada opened the scoring Saturday in the 16th minute when O'Leary converted on a penalty for a 3-0 lead.

But the U.S. replied with two tries and a penalty to go into halftime up 13-3.

"We were under a lot of pressure, we knew that we were going to get Canada's best and we were going to have to weather some storms throughout," said Scully, who is captain of the American squad.

"They brought a huge amount of intensity to the match, so really for us it was about resetting, getting our stuff together and then knowing what we can do from a defensive system point of view," the wing added. "We then demonstrated for most of the game afterwards."

The Americans came out firing in the second half with Dolan scoring his second of the match in the 45th minute. …

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