The USA Eagles will have all to play for next weekend in Atlanta after drawing Uruguay 27-27 in the 1st leg of their Rugby World Cup qualifying tie at Estadio Charrua on Saturday.

“In the second half we did more often what we wanted to do, and we did it efficiently,” Head Coach Mike Tolkin said following the match. “First half also we have away a lot of penalties.

“We’ll look at the film and see where they were. Some of them were just poor decisions when people should stay out of it. Second half wasn’t as bad in terms of having bad penalties.”

The U.S. had to fight back from a 22-13 second half deficit.  After taking the advantage with a 27-22 lead they were forced to play with 14 after Nick Wallace was sent to the sin bin after multiple infractions. Uruguay used the edge to level the game.

Despite being down a man, the Eagles were looking for the win and had the ball when the referee whistled for full-time.

gives the Eagles a good reference point headed into the

The Eagles have the advantage as the tie heads to the U.S.  The second leg is at
Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta on March 29.  The winner will earn a berth at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.