Canada U20 JWRT 2018

September 05 2018


Brandon Schellenberger - Canada U20 2018
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Canada Lose Focus in Last 20 After Leading 20-7 at the Half - Final 53-26 for Fiji: Full Match Video



Canada came out of the gate looking lively and owned most of the early play. If they had been more clinical it's likely they could have scored early but lost 2 of their first three lineouts and those were from scoring positions. It's perhaps a reflection that they're trying to over think and over complicate things. It didn't look like the Fijians were interested in contesting the early lineouts with much energy and a simple throw to the front would have sufficed as it did for the one lineout they won. Canada went with complex timing moves and missed the jumper on two occassions in the first 6 minutes. The Canadian scrum were holding their own early on and even applying a bit of pressure.

Will Percillier was looking good at fullback and early indications were that the Schellenberger #9 and Percillier #15 move would be productive. Vertkas took an early high shot and had to be attended to. Canada went to the front on their fourth lineout and won it again but knocked the ball on, replacement hooker Tyler Rockwell was having a bit of a nervous start. Canada get the penalty and Percillier strikes it through, 3-0.

At 12 minutes Canada withstood the first Fijian assault inside their 22 and won a penalty. However #10 Prevost who was handling kicking duties couldn't find touch.

At 14 minutes the game was back and forth with handling errors both sides, the Fijians looked ominous as expected with a bit of running room but Canadian defence was holding firm. Flanker turned prop Mitchell Wainman caught the eye with a burst off the defensive line to chop down a Fijian runner as soon as he touched the ball. That's a positive that will get you noticed.

At 17 minutes Rockwell gets replaced by McRogers at hooker, Canada have lost more lineouts than they've won including the last, a crooked throw to the front. A bold move early on but coaches are obviously serious.

At 21 minutes Canada score their first try, Schellenberger using his scrum half smarts just reaches over the ruck to touch the ball down. The Canadian forwards were going nowhere against the bigger Fijians so a little guile was necessary for the try. Percillier converts 10-3 with a quarter of the game gone.

At 24 minutes Fiji scored their first try and it was a portent of things to come. Off a lineout they simply brought their big winger #11 inside and he made a beeline for the #10 on defence, the Canadian tighthead couldn't get over in time to help and he was through. One offload and under the posts. It was too simple and the Fijians would surely take note of how easy that was. 10-7 for Canada.

At 26 minutes a surprise move as Canada replace both props, seemed a little early, Canada's scrum was doing fine in the sets. Would the replacements be able to last for the final 54 minutes? Both starting props looked surprised at the announcement from the ref as the changes were rung in. Canada get a penalty off the ensuing play, Percillier obliges, Canada 13 - Fiji 7.

At 33 minutes the new props for Canada earn a scrum penalty, looks like Gavin Kratz at loosehead gets the better of his counterpart. Another early replacement, looks like #6 Ruttan being replaced by Ingoldsby, hoping these early subs don't come back to bite Canada later in the match when fatigue may become an issue. Canada's maul is brought into play and drives the Fijians back and earns another penalty.

36 minutes looks like Gavin Kratz wins another penalty as the replacement Fijian tighthead is called for pulling down on the bind. Canada curiously go for the penalty kick even though it's on a severe angle near the sideline and their maul has been gold so far. Percillier misses and Fiji get the 22 drop out.

38 minutes one too many Fijian shoulder charges and high tackles, their replacement tighthead gets shown yellow. This time no penalty kick even though the angle is better, Canada set up a 10 metre lineout.

40 minutes, Fiji take off their #7 and run the scrum without a #8, Canada push them back towards the line, the ball bobbles around at the feet of the Canadian pack. Schellenberger alertly picks it up and goes blindside to dive over the line, his second try of the half. Percillier converts and Canada go into the half ahead 20-7.

42 minutes Canada have an early chance to add a killer blow to the flagging Fijian morale with the ball inside the Fiji 10 but when it goes wide Canada just haven't been able to finish it off this tournament. It gets knocked on in the backline and Fiji resets.

45 minutes and James O'Neill wins a great turnover at the breakdown, it's a 43 metre kick dead centre of the field. Canada decide to try the lineout instead from the 22. The forwards are making some gains and get it to the 15 metres but again when Canada goes wide they lose momentum or drop the ball. Fortunately a penalty for offside gives Canada back possession. A very kickable penalty from 15 metres out but Canada decide to go for the scrum. They win another penalty from the scrum and choose that option again. Fiji are back to 15 men. Canada are inches from the line as the forwards keep it in close, they decide to go wide and... it gets turned over in the ruck. That could be the turning point, if Canada had kept it in the forwards it could have been a different story. The Canada backline are mismatched in this game.

50 minutes teams trade penalties as balls get poached at the ruck, Canada has the clearance inside their 22. They win a penalty off the ensuing lineout and maul. Again from 40 metres out they turn down a kick at goal and go for the lineout option at the 22. The ball gets dropped in the maul and Fiji get the scrum.

54 minutes is where it starts to unravel a bit. Fiji use the same strategy as their first try, bring a big winger inside and run at the #10 defender. This time #24 is in that position but it makes no difference, the tackle is made but the backs don't pick up the support runner, a Fijian style offload and the #12 runs the length of the field chased unsucessfully by #10, #8 and #14. 20-14 now for Canada.

57 minutes and Canada get 3 points back, Prevost is doing the kicking, Percillier looks like he's off, he didn't appear to be on the field for the Fijian try either [ed. later learn Percillier concussion]. 23-14 for Canada with a quarter left to play.

The abbreviated version of the last 20 minutes is that Fiji scored 6 tries and Canada added one more penalty. The Canadian backline was getting sliced and diced. Looks like Percillier was off, #24 (?) was at first receiver, Prevost back at fullback.

The Rugby Canada report below states Canada will play Hong Kong for 7th on Sept 9th but that appears wrong as World Rugby has it Canada v Romania for 7th as Hong Kong defeated Romania today. Samoa and Fiji will battle it out for top spot and promotion, Namibia and Portugal for 3rd, Uruguay and Hong Kong for 5th and Canada and host Romania for 7th.

Full Match Video



from Rugby Canada

Will Percillier, playing at fullback, kicked a penalty at 10 minutes and converted Brandon Schellenberger's 24thminute try. From a series of drives off a midfield scrum Schellenger dived through a ruck to score. Fiji responded immediately with a converted try from first phase off a lineout.

At around 30 minutes Canada made five substitutions, four planned in the forwards (the full front row and flanker) and one forced by a concussion suffered by Percillier. At 40 minutes Canada emphasized their supremacy in tight play when Schellenberger scored his second try directly from a scrum moving forward, converted by Brennig Prevost.

In the second half Canada continued their good play, but Fiji scored a long distance converted try from a scrum inside their 22 metre line at 55 minutes and another try at 62 minutes from a driving lineout. Canada's response was a Prevost penalty at 54 minutes and another at 66 minutes. At 67 minutes a missed midfield tackle lead to a converted try and then the floodgates opened.

"We were very happy with first 65 minutes and very unhappy about our last 15 minutes," commented Jeff Williams Head Coach. "The speed and athleticism of the Fijians overwhelmed us and we contributed to our demise by making errors."

Canada's last game will be for 7th place v Hong Kong on Sept 9. Both Tyler Rowland and Percillier will not be available for this game because of injury.

Canada U20 Team to face Fiji:

1. Mitchell Wainman – (Banff, AB)
2. Tyler Rockwell – James Bay AA (Calgary, AB)
3. Tyler Rowland – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
4. Tyler Duguid – Nor’Westers (Edmonton, AB)
5. Quentin James – Perpignan (Vancouver, BC)
6. Owain Ruttan – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
7. James O’Neill – Captain,UVIC Vikes (Cochrane, AB)
8. Michael Smith – UBC Thunderbirds (Surrey, BC)
9. Brandon Schellenberger – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
10. Brennig Prevost – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
11. Jack McCarthy – Vandals RFC (St, John’s, NL)
12. Lachlan Kratz – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
13. Kevin Vertkas – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
14. Josiah Morra – Toronto Saracens (Toronto, ON)
15. Will Percillier – UBC Thunderbirds (Victoria, BC)
16. Jack McRogers – McMaster University (Toronto, ON)
17. Gavin Kratz – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
18. Emerson Prior – Trent University (Toronto, ON)
19. Jackson Matthews – UVIC Vikes (Montreal, QC)
20. Peter Ingoldsby – Exmouth RFC (England)
21. Campbell Clarke – Swilers RFC (St. John’s, NL)
22. Seth Purdey – UCal at Berkeley (Shawnigan Lake, BC)
23. Elias Ergas – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)Thank you,
24. Guershom Mukendi – Stoney Creek RFC (Mississauga, ON)
25. 26. Gabriel Casey – Bytown Blues (Ottawa, ON)



Canada Make Eight Changes for Fiji Match on Wednesday 5am PT



As Canada prepare to play, perhaps, the top team in the tournament they've made 8 changes to the team that lost to Portugal and Uruguay. It's a smart move, if they started the lineup that lost the previous matches it's likely the team would lose again without learning anything. This way they may shake things up enough to win or even if they lose they'll learn who is up to starting the last match for final placing. That game is a must win for pride and momentum moving forward. If Canada can beat Fiji it would be a huge boost for morale and make a statement to erase the memory of the previous losses.

Reid Davis is out with a concussion and they've moved prop Tyler Duguid into second row. There's good second row genes in Tyler's family, uncle John Tait used to ply his trade professionally at lock, a position he played for the national team as well.

The front row sees Mitchell Wainman get his first start, he's a flanker turned prop and it will be interesting to see how he fares against the Fijians. Tyler Rowland maintains his tighthead position. Tyler Rockwell gets his first start at hooker ahead of Jack McRogers. Owain Ruttan maintains his blindside spot and it's a full uni back row with O'Neill and Smith.

The big change is at halfbacks and it had to happen. Brandon Schellenberger starts at #9 while Brennig Prevost moves from #15 to #10 and Will Percillier moves from #9 to #15. Campbell Clarke is moved to the reserves bench.

Another good move in the centres, Kevin Vertkas is moved from inside to outside centre, he's a strong ball carrier but hasn't shown a lot of awareness in ball distribution from #12. Lacklan Kratz gets his first start at #12, Seth Purdey moves to the bench. On the wings Josiah Morra keeps his spot, Jack McCarthy returns to the other wing and Elias Ergas goes to the bench.

Game kicks off at 5am PT with streaming on the World Rugby facebook page.

from Rugby Canada

The Canada u20 team to play Fiji in the third round of the World Trophy shows 8 changes from the team that lost to Uruguay 27-23

Alberta's Mitch Wainman, Tyler Rockwell and Tyler Duguid will play loose-head, hooker and second row respectively. BC's Brandon Schellenberger, Brennig Prevost, Lachlan Kratz, and Will Percillier will play scrum half, outside, inside centre and fullback respectively. Newfoundland's Jack MCCarthy will return to the left wing. Reid Davis was not considered because of concussion.

"We hope that this team will start aggressively and counter the explosive Fijians,” commented Head Coach Jeff Williams. "Will Percillier has been excellent and is capable of playing fullback. We anticipate Schellenberger's strong defence will be a benefit."

Fiji have had 2 bonus point wins v Portugal and Uruguay, whereas Canada have had 2bonus point losses.

Kick off on Wednesday is 8am ET/5am PT and you can watch LIVE at www.facebook.com/WorldRugby/

Canada U20 Team to face Fiji:

1. Mitchell Wainman – (Banff, AB)
2. Tyler Rockwell – James Bay AA (Calgary, AB)
3. Tyler Rowland – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
4. Tyler Duguid – Nor’Westers (Edmonton, AB)
5. Quentin James – Perpignan (Vancouver, BC)
6. Owain Ruttan – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
7. James O’Neill – Captain,UVIC Vikes (Cochrane, AB)
8. Michael Smith – UBC Thunderbirds (Surrey, BC)
9. Brandon Schellenberger – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
10. Brennig Prevost – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
11. Jack McCarthy – Vandals RFC (St, John’s, NL)
12. Lachlan Kratz – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
13. Kevin Vertkas – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
14. Josiah Morra – Toronto Saracens (Toronto, ON)
15. Will Percillier – UBC Thunderbirds (Victoria, BC)
16. Jack McRogers – McMaster University (Toronto, ON)
17. Gavin Kratz – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
18. Emerson Prior – Trent University (Toronto, ON)
19. Jackson Matthews – UVIC Vikes (Montreal, QC)
20. Peter Ingoldsby – Exmouth RFC (England)
21. Campbell Clarke – Swilers RFC (St. John’s, NL)
22. Seth Purdey – UCal at Berkeley (Shawnigan Lake, BC)
23. Elias Ergas – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)Thank you,
24. Guershom Mukendi – Stoney Creek RFC (Mississauga, ON)
25. 26. Gabriel Casey – Bytown Blues (Ottawa, ON)

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