Canada Finish JWRT on High Note with 71-14 Win Over Romania to Claim 7th Place: FULL MATCH VIDEO
The game started a little worrying as the Romanian pack were dominant and pushed Canada back at an alarming rate. From the penalty though they chose the 5 metre lineout which Quentin James stole and Canada survived the first test.
When the ball got to the Romanian back three it was obvious this was a weak area and one that Canada could exploit. Josiah Morra picked up a missed pass from the Romanian backs and Canada were now on attack with a penalty. Some prolonged pressure inside the Romanian 5 metres saw Kevin Vertkas cross the line, Prevost converted, 7-0.
12 minutes in and Romania tie it up, the dominant scrum is setting the platform for their attack. Their #12 responds with a power run from 5 metres out, 7-7.
Canada come back from the kickoff and pick up on a Romanian handling error, several phases later, Jack McCarthy finds some room along the sideline to get over in the corner, converted 14-7.
19 minutes a super effort by winger Josiah Morra breaks a few tackles and offloads to Ergas who scores the try, strong conversion by Prevost who has hit two difficult sideline conversions, 21-7.
29 minutes again Josiah Morra creating the offensive spark, he covers a Romanian chip and chase which lands inside the 22, he sees space and launches himself up field outracing the defenders. He makes 40 metres himself, offloads to Quentin James who offloads to Ingoldsby who finishes off the play. Morra has been outstanding so far. Converted in front of the posts, 28-7.
33 minutes and Morra intercepts a slow pass as Romania try to run out from their 22. Morra has been responsible for the last three tries, setting two up and scoring the third. It's a man of the match performance already from the young player from Toronto. There's a good article on him
from the TIRF (Toronto Inner City Rugby Foundation). 35-7 now for Canada.
Before the half Canada again score out wide as confidence has been raised and the rest of the backs want to try their hand at beating defenders with footwork. Jack McCarthy finishes off the play, 40-17.
Canada are so far in the lead that even a last minute loss of focus will not jeopardize the outcome now.
Romania score first in the second half, 40-14 at 44 minutes.
Canada come back, Smith to Schellenberger to McRogers for another try, 45-14.
52 minutes, Canada scrum still going backwards but not as fast, they manage to retrieve the ball, Schellenberger a sniping run and sets up Vertkas, 52-14.
Guershom Mukendi coming in at tighthead has changed the scrum dynamics in Canada's favour, they now are pushing the Romanians backwards.
Campbell Clarke in now on as well and he gets involved in setting up a try finished off by Brennig Prevost, 59-14 with about 10 minutes to go.
Captain James O'Neill gets on the scoresheet from second phase after a 5 metre lineout. 66-14.
Tighthead Guershom Mukendi finishes off the scoring, chasing down the field after a chip kick from Schellenberger, the prop legs moving at near light speed propels the big man past defenders and over the goal line. Final 71-14.
Lots of good performances today, Michael Smith, the halfback pairing of Schellenberger and Prevost. The lineout crew and second row of James and Duguid but Josiah Morra would be our pick for man of the match. When Canada were only leading by one score in the first half he stepped up and in the period of 14 minutes was instrumental in creating three tries, one of which he scored himself on a solo effort. Those 14 minutes put the game out of reach and raised the confidence of the team. Once the confidence was there the other backline players began to get more creative and assertive on attack.
Going forward the goal next year has to be to beat the likes of Porgugal and Uruguay who finished 3rd and 5th respectively. Fiji won promotion and go into the top tournament next year.
How the program evolves this year remains to be seen, there's a funding group looking to raise funds for the program, led by Karl Fix and Pat Parfrey. A number of the U20 players have been offered senior carding, again it's wait and see on who accepts as university studies are important and it's not clear how that will be managed.
FULL MATCH VIDEO from Rugby Canada
Canada u20 beat Romania u20 71-14 at the World Trophy in Bucharest, scoring 11 fine tries in the process,8 of which were converted by Brennig Prevost. As a result Canada finish 7th in the tournament. Canada's game was built on an excellent line out, strong defence and hard running with the ball in hand.
The first try was scored at 5 minutes when Kevin Vertkas scored under the posts from a potent line out drive.Romania responded with a converted try.
At 13 minutes Jack McCarthy ,who had an excellent game,finished a multiphase movement in the left corner. At 18 minutes Josiah Morra, who also was excellent, made a break in midfield resulting in a try for Elias Ergas, who started at fullback. At 29 minutes Morra counter attacked from within his 22 to create a try for flanker Peter Ingoldsby. At 33 minutes Morra was in the action again scoring an intercept try. Jack McCarthy finished another multiphase movement with his second try. At the half Canada were leading 40-7.
In the second half Romania scored first with a converted try, but after that it was one way traffic with tries at 48,54,67,72 and 73 minutes. From a half way line out Jack McRogers scored when play was reversed to him; Vertkas scored his second try direct from a scrum; Prevost made his total points 21 when he touched down following a change in direction by substitute outside half Campbell Clarke. The captain James O'Neill scored under the posts following another line out drive; and finally the moment of the day when Guerschom Mukendi, the substitute tight head prop,outstripped everyone to grasp Brandon Schellenberger's chip into space.
There was a lot to admire in the way Michael Smith controlled the defensive line outs, the resilience of the scrum that overcame the heavier pack and the running of the whole team, particularly Morra .
“I think we were probably the fifth best team in the tournament, as the teams that beat us in our pool destroyed the other teams in the playoffs, Uruguay beat Hong Kong 78- 17, Portugal beat Namibia 67-36 and Fiji beat Samoa".commented head Coach Jeff Williams. "In the coming year we will select early, focus on strength and conditioning,play more games,and spend more time together. Ten of this team will return in 2019"
These include props Tyler Rowland and Guerschom Mukendi, second rows Quentin James, Reid Davis and Tyler Duguid, halfbacks Will Percillier and Campbell Clarke, and centres Kevin Vertkas, Lockie Kratz and Gabe Casey.
Canada Finish Up JWRT with Match vs Romania for 7th Place: Kickoff Sunday 7am PT
from Rugby Canada
BUCHAREST, ROMANIA - Jeff Williams, Head Coach of Canada Under-20 Team, announced his final selection of the 2018 Junior World Trophy for the game against Romania in Bucharest on September 9.
It features a return of the top available front row, a second successive start at second row for 18-year-old Tyler Duguid, a return for Peter Ingoldsby at flanker, and the advent of Elias Ergas at full-back as Brennig Prevost will play at outside half.
Neither Will Percillier nor Tyler Rowland will play because of injury.
The result will determine who will be ranked seventh as Romania lost to Samoa, Namibia, and Hong Kong. Canada had heartbreaking last minute losses to Portugal and Uruguay, and capitulated against Fiji in the last 15 minutes. The final, which determines who will be promoted to the premier division of 12 teams, features Fiji and Samoa, the third-place game Portugal and Namibia, and the fifth-place game Uruguay and Hong Kong.
"We have yet to play well for the full 80 minutes and will need to do so to beat Romania," commented Williams. "They will be playing in front of a home crowd, with big physical forwards and some aggressive backs, so we certainly will have to front up."
Kick off on Sunday is 10am ET/7am PT and you can watch LIVE on World Rugby’s Facebook page.
Canada U20 Team to face Romania:
1. Gavin Kratz – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
2. Jack McRogers – McMaster University (Toronto, ON)
3. Emerson Prior – Trent University (Toronto, ON)
4. Tyler Duguid – Nor’Westers (Edmonton, AB)
5. Quentin James – Perpignan (Vancouver, BC)
6. Peter Ingoldsby – Exmouth RFC (England)
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. Kevin Vertkas – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
13. Seth Purdey – UCal at Berkeley (Shawnigan Lake, BC)
14. Josiah Morra – Toronto Saracens (Toronto, ON)
15. Elias Ergas – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
16. Tyler Rockwell – James Bay AA (Calgary, AB)
17. Mitchell Wainman – (Banff, AB)
18. Guershom Mukendi – Stoney Creek RFC (Mississauga, ON)
19. Reid Davis – Bayside RFC (Surrey, BC)
20. Jackson Matthews – UVIC Vikes (Montreal, QC)
21. Campbell Clarke – Swilers RFC (St. John’s, NL)
22. Lachlan Kratz – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
23. Gabriel Casey – Bytown Blues (Ottawa, ON)
24. Owain Ruttan – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
August 28 - Canada 29 - 31 Portugal
September 1 - Canada vs. Uruguay
September 5 - Canada vs Fiji
September 9 - Canada vs. TBC
Gethin Watts – Program Leader
Jeff Williams – Head Coach
Adam Roberts – assistant coach
Pat Parfrey – Manager
Kiyomi Thompson – Physiotherapist
Mylan Clairmont – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Derek Pue – Video Analyst
Shannon Houston – Doctor
U20 Support Group:
Karl Fix – Saskatchewan(Chair)
Andrew Purdey – BC
Mike Holmes – BC
David Robertson – BC
Bill Webb – Ontario
Pat Parfrey – Newfoundland