(Philadelphia) The Unites States Tomahawks have levelled the the Colonial Cup Series 1-1 with a big win over the Canada Wolverines at A A Garthwaite Stadium in Philadelphia. Canada came into the match knowing that the USA would want revenge after the Wolverines pulled off a come from behind victory in Game 1 at Lamport Stadium in Toronto. A nervous start saw the first penalty given from the kick off as Canada were caught off-side which gifted the home side with excellent field position. The Tomahawks then had the Wolverines on the back foot as a try from Val Notoa was converted by Craig Priestly. This sparked some anger in the Wolverines forward pack and they began dominating the play. A series of forced turnovers do to punishing hits culminated in Eric "The Destroyer" Moyer notching his first ever international try, a powerful run that punched through the Tomahawks front line. The Tek-nician Steve Piatek notching the extras to tie the match at 6-6.
The game then began to ebb and flow as a wave of big hits and tough goal line defence saw the teams having to fight for every metre gained. The USA however was still able to make breakthroughs as Mike Schachter gave them the lead in the 14th minute, followed by one of the only long runs in a tight encounter saw Kristian Freed score from half field in the 26th minute. Then a few minutes from the interval the Tomahawks scored again this time through Mark Offerdahl. The half time score read USA 22 Canada 6.
Canada hit back quickly after the restart. Christian Miller continued his ruthless season with a try at the 4 minute mark. That made the score 22-10 and it looked as though the Wolverines were in another comeback mood. However, it was not to be as tries from Luke Collins and Craig Priestly within 5 minutes of each other put the game nearly out of reach. "Gorgeous" Geoff Bylund was next for Canada leaving the door open for a possible closing down of the scoring gap. Then a yellow card for dissent to Robin Legault ended any hopes of a comeback and the Tomahawks took advantage of the extra man. Two tries from Matt Walsh and Gareth Gibbs rounded off the score. The match ending with a final score a 44-16 win for the USA. USA coach Ben Kelly had this to say on his first ever international win and levelling the series with Canada; “Its looking good, I feel its a step in the right direction. We needed to make changes from the first game and the boys definitely stepped up to the mark” Eric Perez CRL chairman had this to say; “It was a difficult match, it’s always tough to travel to the United States. Our guys didn’t show up today the way we know they can, and they are going to have to put it together to take the last two games in Toronto and deliver Canada our first Colonial Cup North American Championship.”
MACRON 3 STARS
1st - Kristian Freed (USA)
2nd - Craig Priestley (USA)
3rd - Mark Offerdahl (USA)
United States of America 44
Vai Notoa, Mike Schacter, Kristian Freed (2), Mark Offerdahl, Luke Collins, Craig Priestley, Matt Walsh, Gareth Gibbs
Craig Priestley (6)
Kristian Freed, Louis Tulio, Val Notoa, Loto Tagaloa, Gareth Gibbs, Luke Collins, Damien O’Malveney, Mike Schachter, Craig Priestly, Salesi Tongamoa, Siose Mullima, Mark Offerdahl, Matt Walsh, Les Solia, Shane Begin, Curtis Cunz
Eric Moyer, Christian Miller, Geoff Bylund
Steve Piatek (2)
Robin Legault, Geoff Bylund, Graham Dobbs, Christian Miller, Brett King, Steve Piatek, Matt Wyles, Eric Moyer, Louis Robinson, Ruairi McGoff, Henry Miers, Don MacKinlay, Cory Huybregts, Joe Perez Bangay, Kenn Waring, Billy Skidgemore, Chris Diamond
Referee: Robin Peers (USA)