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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hawks Easily Defeat Jamaica


The U.S.A. Hawks have scored another victory as they prepare for the World Cup later this year. The team ran out 48-6 winners over Jamaica on Saturday in Jacksonville. The team will now take a break before reassembling in September to face Canada in their final World Cup tune-up. Many of the players will also play in the USARL North-South match.

Junior Vaivai was the hero of the match. The current Western Suburbs and former South Sydney and Penrith player scored the first of his points with a try and conversion early on. That put the Hawks up 6-0 and they didn't look back. Nick Newlin would add another try with a Vaivai conversion and the Hawks led 12-0 before Jamaica answered back with a try of their own. The rain didn't help either side but before the half the U.S. were able to score again via Gabe Farley to lead 18-6 at halftime.

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In the second half the rout was on. Chris Frazier was the first to score with Jonathan St. John scoring once and Vaivai twice to punctuate the match.

The Hawks are preparing for the Rugby League World Cup in Australia in November. There they will take on Italy, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji. It's a tough task but at the last World Cup the U.S. made it to the quarterfinals. Like in 2013 the U.S. is expected to bring in some overseas players with U.S. connections.

Squad (1-13): Gabe Farley (Philadelphia), Marcus Satavu (Brooklyn), Junior Vaivai (Illawarra Wests), Taylor Alley (Central Florida), Jonathan St. John (Tampa), Dom DeFalco (Brooklyn), Matt Walsh (White Plains), Josh Rice (New York), Kristian Freed (White Plains), Andrew Kneisly (Philadelphia), Fotukava Malu (Atlanta), David Ulch (Tampa), Nicholas Newlin (Atlanta)

Bench:
Sean Hunt (Atlanta), Martwain Johnson (Delaware), Bart Longchamp (Central Florida), Chris Frazier (Northern Virginia), Terrance Williams--Stand-by (Atlanta)






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