TORONTO - Canada is going back to the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
But while Saturday’s 13-11 test victory over the United States had no shortage of intensity or sense of urgency, you could probably find better execution in a high school game.
“It was ugly,” Canadian coach Kieran Crowley said. “But it was a test win and we’re in the World Cup now.”
The crowd of about 7,000 provided a lot of atmosphere, but was witness to a slew of dropped passes, dropped balls, and every kind of mistake imaginable.
The game was even decided by missed penalty kicks.
“We got our game going twice or three times.” Crowley said. “Give the States credit; they threw everything at us.”
Nonetheless, this victory and last Saturday’s 27-9 win in Charleston S.C., qualify Canada for the World Cup in England while the U.S. will have to play a two-match series against Uruguay sometime next year for the second Americas qualifying spot.