Canada U20 JWRT 2017

August 29 2017


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Canada Drop First Match of U20 Trophy Tournament 31-16 to Namibia: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


Canada's hopes of winning their pool and advancing to the final hit a major setback today as they lost their first match to Namibia 31-16. Canada face pool favourites, Japan, in their next match.

Many of the same comments that have been applied to the senior squad were true for the junior squad today. Handling was erratic, maul defence was soft and discipline was poor. Canada took two yellow cards in the second half, one to captain George Barton and the other to #8 Jake Thiel. The conditions were not favourable to running rugby with heavy rains but that applied to both teams and they are conditions we're very familiar with in BC during rugby season. The refereeing was not sympathetic at all and Barton's yellow card was harsh as he was trying to jackal a ball but the referee deemed he had not released the player.



The core reason for the loss is the Namibia forwards dominated, especially in the lineout and maul where Canada were harshly exposed. Handling errors killed any momentum the Canadian team tried to build with expansive play, the execution of skills is not at the level it needs to be to play the rugby they want to play. Once pressure and inclement weather are added into the equation the handling skills just drop several levels. Ball security was poor and ball carriers had the ball stripped from their hands on numerous occasions.

It won't get any easier with Japan up next. One bright spot was the solo try by #8 Jake Thiel, he took the ball from back of the scrum and beat several defenders to score Canada's only try of the second half.

from Rugby Canada

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY – Canada dropped the opening match of their World Rugby U20 Trophy 2017 campaign, losing 31-16 against Namibia on a rainy Tuesday morning at Estadio Charrua.

Namibia put up the first 12 points of the game and never trailed. On the strength of a powerful pack, the African side forced their agenda, scoring five tries to the Canadians’ two.

Lachlan Currie and Jake Thiel touched down for the Canadians, while Will Kelly slotted two penalties. However, the Canadians were undone by the try-scoring of Namibia’s Obert Nortje, PW Steenkamp, Prince Gaoseb. Brandon Groenewald and Patrick Schickerling. Namibia’s Cliven Loubser also his three conversions.

Canada managed to cut the Namibian lead to just four points, 12-8, at halftime, but 10 minutes into the second half, Namibia put up a converted try and never allowed Canada to gain a foothold.
Canada will now prepare to face Japan in their second pool play match Sept. 2 (1pm ET/10 am PT). You can watch live via www.WorldRugby.org.

The Canadians are now 1-2 all-time against Namibia at the U20 Trophy. In 2015, Canada won 35-20, but in 2014, it was Namibia coming out on top, 37-25.

Canada qualified for the U20 Trophy after beating the USA in a two-game qualifying series in Edmonton. Canada cruised to a 46-12 victory in Game 1 and, despite a 27-25 defeat in Game 2, Canada qualified by virtue of a 71-39 aggregate win. Canada failed to qualify for the World Rugby U20 Trophy in 2016.

Canada have reached the World Rugby U20 Trophy final twice in the last four years. In the 2015 final, they were beaten 49-24 by Georgia and, in 2013, they lost 45-23 against Italy. The team has yet to qualify for the Championship since it was reduced to a 12-team format in 2009.

Match Report:
With Namibia on the front foot early on, they were rewarded in the eighth minute. Set up by a driving maul, Namibia’s Obert Nortje put the first try on the board and, with a conversion from Cliven Loubser, they were up 7-0.

Just over 10 minutes later, Namibia touched down again after a nifty back and forth passing effort down the left wing set up PW Steenkamp to dive over.

Canada swung back, with Lachlan Currie finishing off a strong thrust forward and putting Canada on the board with their first try of the tournament in the 25th minute.

Will Kelly closed the gap to four points, 12-8, in the 34th minute when he slotted a short penalty from in front of the sticks.

The strong Namibian pack continued to lean on the Canadians in the early moments of the second half and, with Canadian captain George Barton in the sin bin, Prince Gaoseb pushed over for his team’s third try of the match in the 49th minute. A conversion from Loubser put Namibia ahead 19-8.

With Canada eventually finding some space in the Namibian end, they earned a penalty that Kelly slotted to make it 19-11.

However, just two minutes later, Namibia’s Brandon Groenewald put up his team’s fourth try of the contest to go ahead 24-11.

Canada’s Jake Thiel scored in the 72nd minute off an impressive 40-metre run off a penalty, but Canada was unable to get any closer.

Namibia’s Patrick Schickerling scored at the death and Loubser converted.

Canada Scoring:
Tries: Currie (1), Jake Thiel (1)
Conversions:
Penalties: Kelly (2)

Namibia Scoring:
Tries: Nortje (1), Steenkamp (1), Gaoseb (1), Groenewald (1), Schickerling (1)
Conversions: Loubser (3)
Penalties:

Scoring Summary:
First Half
Try – Obert Nortje (NAM)– 7’
Conversion – Cliven Loubser (NAM)– 8’
Try – PW Steenkamp (NAM)– 19’
Try – Lachlan Currie (CAN) – 25’
Penalty – Will Kelly (CAN) – 34’

Second Half
Try – Prince Gaoseb (NAM) – 49’
Conversion – Cliven Loubser (NAM) – 50’
Penalty – Will Kelly (CAN) – 59’
Try – Brandon Groenewald (NAM) – 61’
Try – Jake Thiel (CAN) – 72’
Try – Patrick Schickerling (NAM) – 80’
Conversion – Cliven Loubser – 80’

Yellow Cards
Canada: George Barton (49’), Jake Thiel (72’)

Canada’s Roster Against Namibia:
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. Cole Davis (Canberra Royals) Calgary, AB
12. Josh Thiel (Bishop Burton College) Abbotsford, BC
13. George Barton (Clermont) Duncan, BC (captain)
14. Anton Ngongo (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC
15. Aidan McMullan (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC), Montreal, QC

16. Jack McRogers (Aurora Barbarians) Newmarket, ON
17. Connor Sampson (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
18. Nick Frost (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
19. Jamie McNaughton Carleton Place, ON
20. William McDougall-Percillier (Cowichan Piggies) Mill Bay, Victoria
21. Brennig Prevost (UVic Vikes) Victoria, BC
22. Niko Clironomos (UBC Thunderbirds) Burnaby, BC

2017 World Rugby U20 Trophy Staff:
Head Coach – Jeff Williams
Assistant Coach – Sean McDonaugh
Strength & Conditioning Coach – Jeff Watson
Athletic Therapist – Kiyomi Thompson
Analyst – Derek Pue
Team Physician – Shelby Karpman
Team Manager – Alana Gattinger

Canada’s 2017 World Rugby U20 Trophy 2017 Schedule:
Canada 16 Namibia 31 – Estadio Charrua (Montevideo)
Canada vs. Japan – Sept 2 – 1pm ET/10am PT – Estadio Charrua (Montevideo)
Canada vs. Chile – Sept 6 – 10:30am ET/7:30 am PT – Estadio Domingo Burgueño Miguel (Punta del Este)



Coach Jeff Williams Names Canada U20 Team to Face Namibia in Tomorrow's Match


Canada kick off their 2017 JWRT (Junior World Rugby Trophy) tournament tomorrow taking on Namibia. Canada were placed in the JWRT tournament for second tier nations in 2010, they were in the top tier competition, JWC (Junior World Championship), previous to that. Canada came 2nd in the JWRT in 2013 and 2015 but have never won it. The winner gets promoted from the JWRT to the JWC for next year.

The JWC tournament includes 12 teams and the JWRT includes 8 teams giving an effective 1 to 20 international ranking for U20 teams. Currently Canada are ranked 24th in senior men's XVs rugby and there are hopes that improvements in U20 performance will bode well for the men's program in future years.

Canada have to win their pool to advance to the final and the biggest obstacle will be Japan who won the tournament in 2014 and were promoted to the JWC, they were relegated last year as the 12th place finisher.

None of the teams can be taken lightly however and Canada's first priority is Namibia tomorrow. Namibia placed 4th last year, their best finish, and Canada didn't qualify last year so the result can't be taken for granted. Canada will play Japan in their second match on September 2nd.

from Rugby Canada

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY – Canada’s U20 men’s team head coach Jeff Williams announced his starting lineup for Tuesday’s match against Namibia to open the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Uruguay.

Leading the Canadian contingent will be captain George Barton, who slots in at right centre and will look to help guide the team to a tournament title, which would garner Canada a highly sought-after promotion to next year’s upper-echelon World Rugby U20 Championship.

Kick off against Namibia is set for 9am ET/6am PT on Tuesday at the Estadio Charrua in Montevideo. You can watch live via www.WorldRugby.org.

Joining Barton amongst the backs in the starting lineup is scrumhalf Fraser Hurst, who is one of five UBC Thunderbirds named to the 22-man roster and one of two, along with second-rower Liam Doll, in the starting unit. Alongside Hurst will be flyhalf Will Kelly and centre Josh Thiel.

Wingers Cole Davis and Anton Ngongo will join fullback Aidan McMullan to make up the Canadian back line.

Up front, Cole Keith, who is one of three capped players on the U20 roster, along with Barton and Matt Beukeboom, comes in at tighthead prop along with front-rowers Dewald Kotze and Liam Murray.

Beukeboom gets the start in the second row alongside Doll.

Flankers Lachlan Currie and James O’Neill and No. 8 Jake Thiel round out the Canadian pack.

Canada is 1-1 all-time against Namibia at the U20 Trophy. In 2015, Canada won 35-20, but in 2014, it was Namibia coming out on top, 37-25.

Following Canada’s game against Namibia, they will face Japan Sept. 2 and Chile Sept. 6.

The final will be played Sept. 10, along with the third, fifth and seventh place matches. Pool B features hosts Uruguay as well as Fiji, Portugal and Hong Kong.

Canada have reached the World Rugby U20 Trophy final twice in the last four years. In the 2015 final, they were beaten 49-24 by Georgia and, in 2013, they lost 45-23 against Italy. The team has yet to qualify for the Championship since it was reduced to a 12-team format in 2009.

Canada qualified for the U20 Trophy after beating the USA in a two-game qualifying series in Edmonton. Canada cruised to a 46-12 victory in Game 1 and, despite a 27-25 defeat in Game 2, Canada qualified by virtue of a 71-39 aggregate win.

Canada failed to qualify for the World Rugby U20 Trophy in 2016.

What Head Coach Jeff Williams said:
“We set goals as a team. The first goal was to qualify. The second is to win our pool. And the third goal, although it’s ambitious, is to win the World Junior Trophy. I think every coach would say that about their team. You have to have those goals. We’re going in there thinking we can win and I think that’s the attitude you have to have. Players want those lofty goals and it makes them work harder and it makes them be held more accountable for the things they do on a daily basis.”

Canada’s Roster to Face Namibia:
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. Cole Davis (Canberra Royals) Calgary, AB
12. Josh Thiel (Bishop Burton College) Abbotsford, BC
13. George Barton (Clermont) Duncan, BC (captain)
14. Anton Ngongo (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC
15. Aidan McMullan (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC), Montreal, QC

16. Jack McRogers (Aurora Barbarians) Newmarket, ON
17. Connor Sampson (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
18. Nick Frost (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
19. Jamie McNaughton Carleton Place, ON
20. William McDougall-Percillier (Cowichan Piggies) Mill Bay, Victoria
21. Brennig Prevost (UVic Vikes) Victoria, BC
22. Niko Clironomos (UBC Thunderbirds) Burnaby, BC

2017 World Rugby U20 Trophy Staff:
Head Coach – Jeff Williams
Assistant Coach – Sean McDonaugh
Strength & Conditioning Coach – Jeff Watson
Athletic Therapist – Kiyomi Thompson
Analyst – Derek Pue
Team Physician – Shelby Karpman
Team Manager – Alana Gattinger

Canada’s 2017 World Rugby U20 Trophy 2017 Schedule:
Canada vs. Namibia – Aug 29 – 9am ET/6am PT – Estadio Charrua (Montevideo)
Canada vs. Japan – Sept 2 – 1pm ET/10am PT – Estadio Charrua (Montevideo)
Canada vs. Chile – Sept 6 – 10:30am ET/7:30 am PT – Estadio Domingo Burgueño Miguel (Punta del Este)

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