Saracens Chris Wyles was in international action on Saturday evening, as the USA were beaten 27-9 by North American neighbours Canada in Charleston, South Carolina.
The dependable Saracens full-back kicked all of his side’s points in the first leg of the Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifier, but was left to rue his side’s poor execution as the USA were beaten by 18 points.
“Obviously we feel pretty dejected,” lamented Wyles.
“Canada were more clinical in the important areas and fed off of our mistakes. They do that often, so fair play to Canada – we’ve got to work on our execution and our basics, things like our kicking, our passing, retaining ball and performing as a team”.
Canada are now hot favourites to qualify as they take an 18 point advantage into the second leg at Toronto next Saturday, and Wyles believes The Eagles must “dig deep” if they are to produce a stunning turnaround to avoid playing Uruguay home and away for the right to qualify as Americas 2.
“We’ve got to take a good, hard look at ourselves and we’ve got to dig deep – it’s a big game for us next weekend and we’ve got to go away and work on the basics.”
He added; “We’re all pretty proud characters and we’re going to be putting in everything we have into this next game”.