NFL player scores as USA maintains stranglehold
AMERICAS RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP: Former Chicago Bears NFL player Paul Lasike scored a try on debut as the United States maintained their 100 percent start to the competition.
They smashed Chile 45-13 at the weekend.
Lasike, who was released by the Bears last year after failing to establish himself as a starter, crashed over for a late try at the University of California at Fullerton ground as the Eagles made it three wins out of three.
The reigning ARC champions followed up impressive opening wins against Argentina and Canada by outscoring the Chileans by seven tries to two.
Scrumhalf Nate Augspurger launched the rout in the fourth minute, dotting down near the posts after a superb break from fullback Mike Teo released flying wing Ryan Matyas down the left flank.
An opportunistic try by centre Dylan Audsley after relentless USA pressure but the Eagles 10-0 up in the 21st minute.
Chile reduced the deficit to seven points when fullback Tomas Ianiszewski stroked over a penalty on 28 minutes and it remained 10-3 at half-time.
The Eagles, however, cut loose with a blistering start to the second half, Matyas again proving instrumental in helping set up a converted try by Audsley to make it 17-3.
Audsley turned provider moments later with a break down the left before feeding inside to Bryce Campbell who crossed to make it 24-3.
Chile scored their opening try in the 46th minute when hooker Tomas Dussaillant went charging over after a cleverly worked lineout move, but the US hit back with a converted score from Teo which made it 31-8.
Replacement Malon Al-Jiboori extended the US lead with a try under the posts which sent the home team into a 38-8 lead.
Chile grabbed a consolation through left wing Italo Zunino but the New Zealand-born Lasike rumbled over late on to seal a deserved win.
The USA now travel to South America for away games against Brazil and Uruguay knowing that two wins will see them retain their crown.
United States 45 Chile 13
Uruguay 17 Argentina XV 34
Canada 45 Brazil 5
Table (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, bonus points, total points):
USA 3 3 0 0 91 33 2 14
Argentina XV 3 2 0 1 101 46 3 11
Uruguay 3 2 0 1 82 81 1 9
Canada 3 1 0 2 84 72 2 6
Brazil 3 1 0 2 39 86 0 4
Chile 3 0 0 3 39 118 1 1
Note: Four points for a win, two points for a draw, one bonus point for scoring four tries, one bonus point for losing by seven or fewer points.
Argentina XV 57 Chile 12
United States 29 Canada 10
Brazil 18 Uruguay 27
Chile 14 Brazil 16
United States 17 Argentina XV 10
Uruguay 38 Canada 29
Chile v Uruguay
Brazil v United States
Argentina XV v Canada
Chile v Canada
Uruguay v United States
Brazil v Argentina XV