Canada U20 2017

June 13 2017


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Canada Build Up 34 Point Lead in Total Point Series Against USA: 46-12: FULL MATCH VIDEO REPLAY


posted June 13 2017
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It started out a little tentative with the USA scoring the first try about 3 minutes in. Canada responded well with a forwards try by Matt Beukeboom to tie it up and went ahead when Anton Ngongo picked up a loose ball to cross the line. At 9 minutes it was 12-5 for Canada. A little later USA looked like they had tied it up but it was eventually ruled the ball wasn't grounded. Canada cleared with a strong run by Jake Thiel.

At 25 minutes a Thiel to Thiel connection put Canada ahead 19-5 and brought a smile to many, especially parent Jen Ross and Jon Thiel. The USA got one back through their captain, #6 Al-Jiboori.


The Thiel to Thiel connection on Canada's 3rd try

The USA had a chance to score at the half to close the gap but decided to go for the lineout instead of the kick, they knocked it on and Canada went into the break at 19-12.

Canada did all the scoring in the second half as they stiffened up their defence which was a little shaky on the outside in the first half. Canada's scrum dominated and scrum half Fraser Hurst started to get comfortable orchestrating the attack. He was selected as Man of the Match although that honour could have easily gone to Jake Thiel or Cole Keith as well. Will Kelly also had an impressive game with the boot providing strong clearance kicks to relieve pressure.

Canada now go into Game 2 with a comfortable lead but will no doubt play like it's a 0-0 start.


Full match video

from Rugby Canada

EDMONTON — Canada's men's U20 team ran in seven tries as they beat the USA 46-12 in the first game of their Junior World Rugby Trophy qualifier.

Canada got tries from Matt Beukeboom, Anton Ngongo, Josh Thiel, Aidan McMullan, Fraser Hurst, Jamie McNaughton and Cole Davis while Will Kelly kicked 11 points.

"To get that first win in a two game series is huge,” Hurst said. “We’re going to come out in the second game just like the first game, play hard and get as many points as we can.”

After falling behind 5-0 inside the opening two minutes thanks to a Daemon Torres try, Canada came roaring back as Beukeboom powered over after a dominating scrum.

Canada had its first lead in the ninth minute as Ngongo found space out wide after a USA defender had deflected a pass and he cruised in for a 12-5 lead.

Brothers Jake and Josh Thiel connected for Canada’s third try with Jake breaking the line before finding Josh inside for a special brotherly connection for a 19-5 lead.

USA captain Malon Al-Jiboori got his side back in the game just before the break as he broke the Canadian defensive line to run in under the sticks to cut the Canadian lead to 19-12 at half time.

However, it was all Canada in the second half as McMullan got things started with a massive line break to score Canada’s fourth try before Kelly’s 51st minute pushed the lead to 29-12.

A moment of individual brilliance from Hurst had Canada’s fifth try as he danced through the USA defence before McNaughton’s intercept try and Davis’ change of pace try sealed a memorable victory for Canada.

“Getting a big lead like that going into the second test is a massive opportunity for us,” Kelly said. “We can’t switch off. Anything can still happen. They’re a good team and they showed glimpses of really good play out there. We have to re-evaluate the whole game and be switched on for Saturday.”

Saturday’s game kicks off at 2pm ET/11am PT and can be seen LIVE on www.facebook.com/rugbycanada. A ticket must be purchased for Canada’s test match against Romania to gain entry. Tickets are available here.

Canada’s Men’s U20 Roster vs. USA (Name, club, hometown):

1. Liam Murray (Langley) Langley, BC
2. Dewald Kotze (UBCOB Ravens) Edmonton, AB
3. Cole Keith (James Bay AA) Sussex, NB
4. Liam Doll (UBC Thunderbirds) North Vancouver, BC
5. Matt Beukeboom (Section Paloise) Lindsay, ON
6. Lachlan Currie (Bond University) Gold Coast, Australia
7. James O’Neill (UVic Vikes) Cochrane, AB
8. Jake Thiel (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
9. Fraser Hurst (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
10. Will Kelly (Brantford Harlequins) Ancaster, ON
11. Elias Ergas (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
12. Josh Thiel (Bishop Burton College) Abbotsford, BC
13. George Barton, captain (Clermont) Duncan, BC
14. Anton Ngongo (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC
15. Aidan McMullan (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC), Montreal, QC
16. Steven Ng (Capilano RFC) Ottawa, ON
17. Connor Sampson (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
18. Nicholas Frost (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
19. Jamie McNaughton Carleton Place, ON
20. Jack McRogers (Aurora Barbarians) Newmarket, ON
21. William McDougall-Percillier (Cowichan Piggies) Mill Bay, Victoria
22. Brennig Prevost (UVic Vikes) Victoria, BC
23. Cole Davis (Canberra Royals) Calgary, AB

U20 Canada Coaching Staff:

Jeff Williams – Head Coach
Dave Butcher – Assistant Coach
Sean McDonaugh – Assistant Coach
Kiyomi Thompson – Athletic Therapist
Jeff Watson – S&C Coach
Derek Pue – Analyst
Alana Gattinger – Team Manager

Canada’s Men’s U20 Schedule:

Canada 46-12 USA — June 13 — Ellerslie Rugby Park
Canada vs. USA — June 17 — Ellerslie Rugby Park, 2pm ET/11am PT

Scoring Summary:

Canada:

Tries: Matt Beukeboom, Anton Ngongo, Josh Thiel, Aidan McMullan, Fraser Hurst, Jamie McNaughton, Cole Davis

Conversions: Will Kelly (4)
Penalties: Will Kelly

USA:

Tries: Daemon Torres, Malon Al-Jiboori
Conversions: Ruben De Haas



Canada vs USA Game One Today at 6pm PT: Rosters Announced: LIVE NOW


posted June 13 2017
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It's that time of year again, the annual U20 Canada v USA series. Last year it wasn't a series but a one off match in Texas which USA won with a kick at the whistle. The year before that Canada comfortably won the two game series. The winner gets to represent North America at the JWRT in Uruguay in August/September.

George Barton will captain the side. The match is on Rugby Canada's facebook feed at 6pm PT.

from Rugby Canada

EDMONTON — Canada’s men’s U20 head coach Jeff Williams has named his side for the first leg of their Junior World Rugby Trophy qualifier against the USA Tuesday.

George Barton will captain the team as Canada looks to secure qualification into August’s tournament in Uruguay.

“We’ve come together really well,” Josh Thiel said. “We’re hoping to just execute and put it all together on the field tomorrow.

“We want to come out firing and make a statement. If we can get off to a good start tomorrow it will set a tone for the second game.”

Liam Murray, Dewald Kotze and Cole Keith will form Canada’s front row with Liam Doll, who is named vice-captain, alongside Matt Beukeboom at lock.

Lachlan Currie is partnered by James O’Neill at flanker with Abbotsford’s Jake Thiel at No. 8.

Fraser Hurst starts at scrum-half with Will Kelly at fly-half. Elias Ergas and Anton Ngongo start on the wings with Josh Thiel and Barton forming the centre combination. Montreal’s Aidan McMullan starts at fullback.

“We’re ready to go,” Doll said. “We’re fired up. We had a perfect prep today and we’re ready to go out there and smash them.”

Last year’s qualifier was a one game playoff that the USA won 19-18 on an 80th minute penalty in Texas. In 2015, Canada reached the tournament final but were beaten 49-24 by Georgia. The winner of the Junior World Rugby Trophy qualifies for the 2018 World Rugby U20 Championship.

Kickoff is 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT and can seen LIVE by clicking here.

Admission to the first game on June 13 is free, however, a ticket must be purchased for Canada’s senior men’s test match against Romania on June 17 to gain entry for the second game of the U20 qualifier. Tickets are available by clicking here.

Canada’s Men’s U20 Roster vs. USA (Name, club, hometown):

1. Liam Murray (Langley) Langley, BC
2. Dewald Kotze (UBCOB Ravens) Edmonton, AB
3. Cole Keith (James Bay AA) Sussex, NB
4. Liam Doll (UBC Thunderbirds) North Vancouver, BC
5. Matt Beukeboom (Section Paloise) Lindsay, ON
6. Lachlan Currie (Bond University) Gold Coast, Australia
7. James O’Neill (UVic Vikes) Cochrane, AB
8. Jake Thiel (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
9. Fraser Hurst (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
10. Will Kelly (Brantford Harlequins) Ancaster, ON
11. Elias Ergas (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
12. Josh Thiel (Bishop Burton College) Abbotsford, BC
13. George Barton, captain (Clermont) Duncan, BC
14. Anton Ngongo (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC
15. Aidan McMullan (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC), Montreal, QC
16. Steven Ng (Capilano RFC) Ottawa, ON
17. Connor Sampson (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
18. Nicholas Frost (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
19. Jamie McNaughton Carleton Place, ON
20. Jack McRogers (Aurora Barbarians) Newmarket, ON
21. William McDougall-Percillier (Cowichan Piggies) Mill Bay, Victoria
22. Brennig Prevost (UVic Vikes) Victoria, BC
23. Cole Davis (Canberra Royals) Calgary, AB

U20 Canada Coaching Staff:

Jeff Williams – Head Coach
Dave Butcher – Assistant Coach
Sean McDonaugh – Assistant Coach
Kiyomi Thompson – Athletic Therapist
Jeff Watson – S&C Coach
Derek Pue – Analyst
Alana Gattinger – Team Manager

Canada’s Men’s U20 Schedule:

Canada vs. USA — June 13 — Ellerslie Rugby Park, 9pm ET, 6pm PT
Canada vs. USA — June 17 — Ellerslie Rugby Park, 2pm ET/11am PT

USA Lineup (from Goff Rugby)

1. Loose Head Wenglewski Chance
2. Hooker Iscaro Jack
3. Tighthead Jorstad Jake
4. Lock Torres Daemon
5. Lock Marshall Deven
6. Flanker Al-Jiboori Malon (C)
7. Flanker Maafu Nafi
8. No 8 Nault Brian
9. Scrumhalf de Haas Ruben (vc)
10. Flyhalf Walsh Sam
11. Wing Wheeler Harley
12. Centre Matthews Aaron
13. Centre Thomas Lorenzo
14. Wing Williamson Jaret
15. Fullback Rodriguez Cristian
16. Reserve Hooker Keuchkerian Martin
17. Reserve prop Crofts Jordan
18. Reserve prop Telea Payton
19. Reserve Clark Tommy
20. Reserve Johnson Justin
21. Reserve Matthews Eamonn
22. Reserve Dyer Christian
23. Reserve Howard Peter

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