USA coach Gold slams 'keyboard warriors'
By Rugby Onslaught

USA coach Gold slams ‘keyboard warriors’

United States of America head coach Gary Gold has fired back at the “keyboard warriors” after his side’s loss to Canada at the weekend.

The USA fell to their North American rivals 34-21 last Saturday in the first leg of their World Cup qualification series at Swilers Rugby Club, Newfoundland, and Gold did not hold back in criticising his team after the match.

“Pretty much at a loss for words,” the former South Africa assistant coach said.

“Completely and totally unacceptable performance. Very disappointing considering we had a very good start. We were dominant, at the set piece against these guys and ultimately we were the masters of our own destiny. This was 100% our own doing. We had an opportunity to close a team like Canada out with a strong set piece. Our scrum went well in the beginning, our maul went well in the beginning and we didn’t capitalise on it.

“The challenge has been laid. We knew that this was going to be a very good Canadian team and they came out and proved it. Just really disappointing all around and we’ve got our work cut out for us. We have to step up to the plate next week if we want to be serious about qualifying for Rugby World Cup.”

Since the loss, Gold’s side have faced their share of criticism online, but he had clearly had enough on Friday, and launched a scathing attack on the “keyboard warriors”.

This is what he wrote: “So many keyboard warriors giving us abuse!! Join the line big guy, you not the first and you won’t be the last. But WE, on the other hand, will take this to heart, affect us deeply personally and hopefully react. What we won’t do is react with abuse. RESPECT IS EVERYTHING!!”

After losing to both England and Ireland in July, the loss to Canada means the US are winless so far in 2021, but they can arrest that slump this Sunday when they host Canada in the second leg at Infinity Park, Glendale, Colorado.