Australia dominate second half for 47-10 win over U.S.

Sat Sep 5, 2015 11:05pm EDT
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(Reuters) - A second-string Australian team turned a narrow half-time lead into a comfortable 47-10 victory over the United States in a World Cup warm-up game in Chicago on Saturday.

The Wallabies rested several players including captain and hooker Stephen Moore, and did not look like the number two team in the world in a poor first half display at Soldier Field.

They led only 14-10 at the break, before raising their game and scoring five unanswered second-half tries against their error-prone opponents.

The result was a far cry from the 74-6 thrashing New Zealand inflicted on the American Eagles at the same venue last year.

Nonetheless, Australian prop James Slipper expressed satisfaction with the result after his first game as captain.

"It was a good win," he told NBC Sports Network in an on-field interview. "We came here to win. We ended up doing that."

Slipper diplomatically praised the Americans and predicted they would more than make up the numbers at the World Cup in England.

"Proves how good the Eagles are," he said. "They came out in that first half and played some really great rugby. They're going to go far in the World Cup. Credit to them. Both teams showed physicality."

American captain Chris Wyles lamented that his team could not replicate their first-half form after the break.   Continued...