Canada U20 JWRT 2017

September 02 2017


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Canada Fall to Japan 50-12 at U20 Tournament: Next Match Chile on Sept 6th: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


There's not much to say about this except that it highlights... again, a need for change in the development and talent identification systems currently in place in Canada.

The Japanese win was set on the foundation of a dominant forward performance. When Japan had the ball near the Canada goal line they just bludgeoned their way in, no need for expansive rugby here.



Canada have two more games, against Chile and then a playoff match to determine a final ranking.

from Rugby Canada

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY – Facing a well-constructed Japanese outfit, Canada’s men’s U20 side lost 50-12 in the second round of the World Rugby U20 Trophy Saturday in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Japan’s Chang-Ho Ahn scored in the second minute of the contest, setting the table for what would be a challenging afternoon for the Canadians.

Japan, who is intent on promotion to the U20 World Rugby Championship after being relegated last year, looked the part of an upper-class group, scoring eight tries en route to convincing win.

Jake Thiel and Anton Ngongo each scored second-half tries for Canada.

Faulua Makisi and Ahn led Japan with two tries apiece, while Timoki Kishioka knocked through four conversions.

After trailing 28-0 at the break, Canada’s second half saw a marked improvement, as they were outscored just 22-12, but it was always going to be an uphill battle after giving up three tries in a 10-minute span in the first half.

The loss sees Canada drop to 0-2 in the U20 Trophy, having also suffered defeat at the hands of Namibia in the tournament-opener. With both Japan and Namibia winning their first two matches, Canada can no longer finish in the top two in pool play. They will now prepare to play Chile Sept. 6 (10:30am ET/7:30am PT) in their final match of pool play, with third place in the group on the line. A win over Chile would put Canada into the fifth-place match.

The championship match 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.

Match Report:
With their pack leading the movement forward, Japans scored just two minutes into the match, with Chang-Ho Ahn touching down from just outside the line, launching what would be a dominant opening half.

Canada was knocking on the Japanese door shortly thereafter, but were held up just short of the try line.

Japan pushed right back and shortly after a yellow card was issued to Canada’s Connor Sampson in the 17th minute, the Japanese contingent earned penalty try that put the Canadians entirely on the back foot.

Four minutes later, Ahn scored again for Japan to help put his team ahead 21-0. Then, in the 28th minute, Takeshi Sasaki took a ball of the back of a maul and touched down to give Japan their fourth try of first half. With Timoki Kishioka converting, Japan held a 28-0 lead before the match had reached the half hour mark.

With Canada back at full strength for the last 10 minutes of the first half, they held their own, but were kept off the scoreboard and went into halftime trailing by four converted tries.

Just two minutes into the second half, Japan’s Faulua Makisi took an offload on the left wing and raced in from 30 metres out. With the conversion, Japan went ahead 35-0.

Canada’s Jake Thiel finally got Canada on the scoreboard, intercepting a pass inside his own half and running 55 metres untouched for the try. Will Kelly converted to make the score 35-7.

However, five minutes later Makisi scored his second try of the half to snuff out any Canadian momentum.

Yoshiyuki Koga went over in the 67th minute for Japan’s seventh try of the game, before Shimpei Kamata struck again with three minutes to play.

Off the restart, Canada’s Anton Ngongo snatched the ball out of the air and ran the distance, muscling his way across the line to tally Canada’s second try just minutes before the final whistle.

Canada Scoring:
Tries: Jake Thiel (1) Ngongo (1)
Conversions: Kelly (1)
Penalties:

Japan Scoring
Tries: Ahn (2), Makisi (2), Kamata (1), Sasaki (1), Koga (1), Penalty Try (1)
Conversions: Kishioka (4)
Penalties:

Scoring Summary:
First Half
Try – Chang-Ho Ahn (JPN) – 2’
Conversion – Timoki Kishioka (JPN) – 3’
Try – Penalty Try (JPN) – 19’
Try – Chang-Ho Ahn (JPN) – 23’
Conversion – Timoki Kishioka (JPN) – 24’
Try – Takeshi Sasaki (JPN) – 28’
Conversion – Timoki Kishioka (JPN) – 29’

Second Half
Try – Faulua Makisi (JPN) – 42’
Conversion – Timoki Kishioka – 43’
Try – Jake Thiel (CAN) – 46’
Conversion – Will Kelly (CAN) – 47’
Try – Faulua Makisi (JPN) – 52’
Try – Yoshiyuki Koga (JPN) – 67’
Try – Shimpei Kamata (JPN) – 77’
Try – Anton Ngongo (CAN) – 78’

Yellow Cards
Canada – Connor Sampson (17’)

Canada’s Roster Against Japan:
1. Connor Sampson (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
2. Steven Ng (Capilano RFC) Ottawa, ON
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. Liam Murray (Langley) Langley, BC
18. Nick Frost (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
19. Niko Clironomos (UBC Thunderbirds) Burnaby, BC
20. Thomas Davidson (Toronto Scottish RFC), Chelsea, QC
21. William McDougall-Percillier (Cowichan Piggies) Mill Bay, Victoria
22. Brennig Prevost (UVic Vikes) Victoria, 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 12 Japan 50 – Estadio Charrua (Montevideo)
Canada vs. Chile – Sept 6 – 10:30am ET/7:30 am PT – Estadio Domingo Burgueño Miguel (Punta del Este)



Canada Name Roster to Face Japan on Saturday at 10am PT


from Rugby Canada

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY – Canada’s U20 men’s head coach Jeff Williams will make just two changes to his starting lineup that will face Japan Saturday (1pm ET/10am PT) at the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Uruguay.

Coming off a loss to Namibia in the opening match of their U20 Trophy campaign, Canada faces a must-win situation if they are to keep their title hopes alive.

Kick off against Japan is set for 1pm ET/10am PT on Saturday at the Estadio Charrua in Montevideo. You can watch live via www.WorldRugby.org.

Williams’ two changes both come in the front row, with Connor Sampson entering at loosehead prop, where he replaces Liam Murray, and Steven Ng getting the call at hooker, slotting in for Dewald Kotze. Sampson was a 44th-minute substitute against Namibia, while Ng will enter the fray after he was left off the 22-man roster for the opener. Cole Keith will round out the front row, returning at tighthead prop.

Once again, Liam Doll and Matt Beukeboom will start in the second row. The back row will be formed by Lachlan Currie, who was one of Canada’s try-scorers against Namibia, along with James O’Neill and Jake Thiel.

The backs remain unchanged from the first contest of the tournament, with Fraser Hurst back at scrumhalf and Will Kelly, who knocked through two penalties against Namibia, returning at flyhalf.

Cole Davis and Anton Ngongo are back on the wings, while Josh Thiel, who scored Canada’s other try in Tuesday’s match, and captain George Barton return at the centre positions.

Aidan McMullan is back at fullback.

Canada is facing a Japanese side that edged Chile 28-22 in their opening match. Japan is looking to return to the top-tier World Rugby U20 Championship after being relegated to the Trophy following a last-place finish in 2016. Japan dropped down after losing to Italy 41-17 in the all-important 11th-place match.

Following Canada’s game against Japan, they will play Chile Sept. 6 in their final match of pool play.

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 Coach Jeff Williams said:

"We selected what we think is a bigger squad versus Japan. We've done a lot of video review and we feel we're much better prepared for the opposition. It's going to be a huge task, but we have put in a lot of good work on the ground. Practices were very physical and we did a lot of work in the video room. The boys are excited to get going. They feel that the last game did not represent who they are and they're fully on board to try to change that. The reality is we need to be much more physical and play direct and keep things simple and error free."

Canada’s Roster to Face Japan:
1. Connor Sampson (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
2. Steven Ng (Capilano RFC) Ottawa, ON
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. Liam Murray (Langley) Langley, BC
18. Nick Frost (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
19. Niko Clironomos (UBC Thunderbirds) Burnaby, BC
20. Thomas Davidson (Toronto Scottish RFC), Chelsea, QC
21. William McDougall-Percillier (Cowichan Piggies) Mill Bay, Victoria
22. Brennig Prevost (UVic Vikes) Victoria, 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)

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