Australia finishes off U.S. in Rugby World Cup 55-19
Australia ended the U.S. rugby team’s run in the 1999 Rugby World cup with a 55-19 win on Thursday at Limerick, Ireland.
The Wallabies, who had already clinched the pool championship, fielded a second side and still managed to handle the Eagles.
Alec Parker of the U.S. and the Gentlemen of Aspen scored an apparent try for the United States in the second half.
However, the points were taken away on a controversial call with Australia leading only 17-3.
The upstart Americans trailed by only 12 points at the half against one of the favorites to win the 1999 Rugby World Cup. The Wallabies won the World Cup title in 1991 World Cup crown with homestanding South Africa winning in 1995.
The Australians, now 3-0, will play either Wales, Samoa or Argentina in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals in Cardiff on Oct. 23.
Flyhalf Stephen Larkham, hooker Michael Foley, wing Matthew Burke, flanker Tiaan Strauss, fullback Chris Latham and scrum half Chris Whitaker all scored tries for the Australians.
The match was the first international rugby game played in Limerick in 101 years.
The Americans scored on a try by Juan Grobler, converted by Kevin Dalzell, three penalty kicks from Dalzell and a drop goal from David Niu.
The try was the first allowed by Australia in the 1999 Rugby World Cup.
In other Rugby World Cup action on Thursday, New Zealand obliterated Italy 101-3 and Canada crushed Namibia 70-11.
The U.S. team included four players from the Gentlemen of Aspen: Parker, Mark Williams, Tomasi Takau and Brian Hightower (who scored vs. Romania).
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