Dubliner AJ MacGinty landed a late drop-goal to give USA victory over Canada

It’s a long way from Blackrock to British Columbia, but MacGinty looked at home last night.

FORMER BLACKROCK COLLEGE schoolboy AJ MacGinty guided the US Eagles to a 15 – 13 victory over Canada in the Pacific Nations Cup fifth-place play-off in Vancouver last night.

The hosts, who will face Ireland first up in Pool D of the Rugby World Cup on September 19, took an early lead with the first of Liam Underwood’s three successful kicks at goal.

The third score from the Canadian out-half was a conversion to edge his side into a 13 – 12 lead with less than 10 minutes remaining after Nick Blevins’ storming run to the try-line after Jeff Hassler claimed the ball in the air and offloaded.

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With Corkman John Quill also on the field, MacGinty would have the last say in the game, stepping back in to the pocket with 20 seconds remaining and slotting home a late drop-goal to add to his four first-half penalties.

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Watch more highlights (including a break and attempted offload from MacGinty) below.

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Originally published at 12.08

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