Canada Defeat USA 29-22 to Win First Match in Series: FULL MATCH VIDEO ADDED
posted Dec 30 2016 [ed. comments below. 30 minutes from kickoff and still no starting lineup published by Rugby Canada. The best they have is an alphabetical roster and the instruction, "everyone will play". Is this a school yard pickup game or a national representative match? More to come on this.]
from USA perspective: Goff Rugby Report
The Canadian team started much the stronger, holding sway in set piece, especially the scrum, and taking a 22-0 lead at the break. Some personnel and tactical changes for the USA team at halftime produced a better second half for the hosts, and tries from center Tavite Lopeti, wing Ben Broselle, lock Nafi Maafu, and No. 8 and captain Bailey Wilson, along with one conversion from scrumhalf Ruben de Haas, made the game much closer. Canada did get the one try in the second half to hold on 29-22.
For Head Coach JD Stephenson, who had earlier praised the USA players for getting down to business and working hard on and off the field, the game was a learning experience for all.
"We'll take away a lot from this," said the coach. "We needed to trust what we've set forth more, and we did that in the second half. We made a few personnel changes, and certainly some guys made an impact coming off the bench, but really it was more about settling down and getting back to how we can play. We started clicking after that."
Canada was stronger in set piece, but even that advantage started to fritter away in the second period.
Stephenson said after an initial rough start as some players got used to the physicality and speed of the game, the USA kids showed they can hold their own, and will look at Monday's rematch as a chance to build on that second half.
from Canada perspective: Coach Dean Murten
"The boys got off to a great start, the set piece was outstanding, allowing us to play some great wide attacking rugby. The USA had some big physical ball runners, however we defended extremely well stopping them on the tackle line.
"In the second half the USA came out very strong and started to make the gain line a little too easy. We eventually got back in the game with a great individual try from Evan Norris.
"We then started to gain a little bit more control in the game, however the USA kept coming back strong. With six minutes to go either team could have taken the game. The boys showed great composure and managed the game well to come away with a win.
"The staff are very happy with the players performance, they did everything we asked. We now have a few days to prepare for the next game."
Game Timeline based on Tweets from Tim Powers
It's a pity we don't know who is starting as Canada's scrum was dominant and the fly half scored two tries in the first half according to the only live source from the match, Rugby Canada Chairman Tim Powers, who is at the game.
Canada go into the halftime break 22-0 with a dominant performance.
USA are making a comeback after halftime subs, again no details on names, and the match is now 22-12 with momentum in US favour.
Canada scores a try on the wing #11 to extend the lead, 29-12. A yellow card to Canada #26 gives the advantage to US and they score, 29-17. USA score another from #11, so get two tries during the yellow card to Canada. It's now 29-22.
Canada finish strong however and the game ends at 29-22.
We've pieced together some information to take an educated guess at the starting lineup, at least the backs. #10 was Brennig Prevost from Glenlyon Norfolk School, now at UVic. #9 was Brandon Schellenberger from Oak Bay. Also in the starting backline Mostyn Findlay (UVic), Josh Long (Abbotsford), James Hammond (United), Evan Norris (Shawnigan).
We also think Jordon Montgomery, Christoph Stangl (UBC) and Michael Smith (UBC) were starting in the forwards.
We believe this was the starting XV for Canada today and looking for verification from Dean Murten, Ken Goodland and the Rugby Canada communication team.
Emerson Prior tighthead prop for Canada U19 6'2" 260lbs - nursing student at Trent University (photo from 2015) - strong scrum starts here pic.twitter.com/GfK9uvXSbx
The information flow on this series has been poor from both sides, the question of a live stream still hasn't been answered yes or no. The Americans at least got their roster out the night before, Canada have sent their roster to their communication department, their policy is everything has to go through channels before being released - even for age-grade rugby. It's typical Rugby Canada.
The American lineup is courtesy of Goff Rugby report. They are playing an extended roster of 26 players.
USA U19 Roster to Face Canada December 30, 2016
Position Name Current Team Team's State 1 Jonas Petrakopoulos Royal Irish Indiana 2 Dillion Shotwell Texas State Texas 3 Karem Odeh Life University Georgia 4 Nafi Maafu Tempe Old Devils Arizona 5 Lia Monis Central Washington Washington 6 Justin Johnson Life University Georgia 7 Jack Miller U. Colorado Colorado 8 Bailey Wilson (C) United Varsity Rugby Utah 9 Ruben de Haas (VC) Little Rock Junior Stormers Arkansas 10 Anton Grigoriou U. Arizona Arizona 11 Ben Broselle Chuckanut Bay Washington 12 Sean Lumkong Coastal Dragons California 13 Tavite Lopeti Peninsula Green California 14 Ryan James San Diego Young Aztecs California 15 Patrick Madden San Diego Young Aztecs California 16 Isaiah Toutua Danville California 17 Jeremy Ockomichalak Santa Monica California 18 David Ainuu Liberty Patriots Washington 19 Joshua Schnell Katy Barbarians Texas 20 Joe Rusert-Cuddy Palmer HS Terrors Colorado 21 Conor McManus Fort Hunt Virginia 22 Sam Walsh Scots College Wellington, NZ 23 Naima Fualaau Life West California 24 Campbell Robinson Arkansas State Arkansas 25 William Mailau Peninsula Green California 26 Quinn Perry Santa Monica California
Canada’s Men’s U19 Roster for USA Tour (Name, club, hometown):
Damon Adams, (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria BC Marco Cazza, (Ormstown Saracens) Saint-anicet QC Peyton Eagar, (Cowichan) Duncan, BC Mostyn Findlay, (UVic) Regina, SK Aidan Foley, (Western University) Oakville, ON Jeremy Gamm, (Markham Irish) Markham, ON Ethan Hager, (Harlequins) Brantford, ON James Hammond, (United RFC) Vancouver, BC Kyle Joe, (Cowichan) Ladysmith, BC John Jubenvill, (UBC) Surrey, BC Gavin Kratz, (UVic) Victoria, BC Jake Lan, (UBC) Vancouver, BC Josh Long, (Abbotsford) Abbotsford, BC Logan Martin-Feek, (West Shore) Victoria, BC Jackson Matthews, (Beaconsfield RFC) Beaconsfield, QC Jack McRogers, (Aurora Barbarians) Newmarket, ON Jordon Montgomery, (PEI Mudmen) Kensington, PEI Quinn Ngawati, (Westshore / St Michaels University School) Victoria, BC Evan Norris, (Shawnigan Lake School) Victoria, BC Miguel Palij, (Markham Irish) Markham, ON Brennig Prevost, (UVic) Victoria, BC Emerson Prior, (Trent University Varsity Club) Gananoque, ON Seth Purdy, (Shawnigan Lake School) Mill Bay, BC Owain Ruttan, (UBC) Precious Corners, ON Michael Smith, (UBC) Surrey, BC Christoph Stangl, (UBC) Vancouver, BC Brandon Schellenberger, (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC