It’s advantage USA and Portugal in race for final ticket to France 2023 | Rugby World Cup 2023 – Rugby World Cup

It’s advantage USA and Portugal in race for final ticket to France 2023 | Rugby World Cup 2023 – Rugby World Cup

USA lead the Final Qualification Tournament table on points difference from Portugal after both teams picked up bonus-point wins in the first round of matches at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai.

There has only ever been one Rugby World Cup without the USA present, in South Africa in 1995, and the current crop of Eagles showed their determination not to miss out again with a 68-14 win over an outgunned Kenya.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS : USA v Kenya

Meanwhile, Portugal displayed some of the brilliant attacking rugby they are renowned for in beating a determined Hong Kong 42-14.

Os Lobos are looking to qualify for a Rugby World Cup for the first time since 2srcsrc7 and some of their rugby wouldn’t have looked out of place on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series which is coming to Dubai at the start of December.

The winners of the round-robin Final Qualification Tournament will claim the 2srcth and final ticket to Rugby World Cup 2src23 and take their place in Pool C alongside Wales, Australia, Fiji and Georgia.

The action resumes on Saturday 12 November with Portugal up against Kenya in the first match of the day before the USA face Hong Kong in the latter of the two kick-offs.

USA 68-14 KENYA

Hooker Dylan Fawsitt and winger Christian Dyer both scored hat-tricks as the USA won their first-ever meeting with Kenya.

The Eagles scored 1src tries in total and racked up their highest-ever score outside of the Americas in a largely one-sided encounter.

An early yellow card to second-row Siaosi Mahoni and poor moments of execution inside the Kenya 22 did not make for the most auspicious of starts by the Eagles in the Dubai sunshine.

Increasingly the Eagles turned to the set-piece and their dominance in that area, especially at lineout time, eventually told as they laboured to a 19-src half-time lead.

With the free-scoring Joe Taufeteʻe still unavailable to the Eagles, Fawsitt was given a rare chance to start by head coach Gary Gold and he took his opportu

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