Vina del Mar 2019

January 13 2019

Vina del Mar 7s 2019

Canada Finish 12th After 24-17 Loss to Brazil

[ed. live stream of Day 2 first round at]

Canada 17 - Brazil 24

Canada's development team, the Maple Leafs, finished last at the Vina del Mar tournament, their worst result in recent history. As in the Paraguay match Canada went into the break ahead but faded in the second half. Canada had a 12-7 halftime lead. Brazil scored three times after halftime to turn a 12-7 deficit into a 24-12 lead, Canada finished with a try for a final of 24-17. Scoring for Canada Jack McCarthy, Jake Thiel, Cooper Coats.

Canada 12 - Paraguay 17

Canada started with a slightly modified lineup, Cole Davis was absent as was Andrew Coe. Davis hadn't fully recuperated from a leg injury he picked up in the Punta del Este, Andrew Coe perhaps also on the injured list. Jack McCarthy (#11) was in the roster for his first start.

It didn't start well for Canada, Brock Webster chose a clearing kick from inside his own 22m, his chase was excellent and he tackled the Paraguayan player 60m down the field near the Paraguay 22. He got up from the tackle and had to make the next tackle as well, this one didn't go as well and the Paraguay player raced 80m untouched for the try.

Jack McCarthy had the first big break for Canada but didn't quite have the pace to beat the sweeper, he made about 40m but threw a hail mary pass as he was going into contact and Paraguay were back in possession.

Quinn Ngawati stole a lineout, unaided by a jumper, and tore down the field. He hit Cooper Coats in support and Canada were on the board. Canada scored again before half off a penalty and two passes to Jack McCarthy who beat the defence on the outside. Canada 12 - Paraguay 7.

Paraguay were having success kicking deep and they started the second half that way, putting the kickoff out on the bounce at Canada's 5m. The pressure paid off as first phase off the lineout they won a penalty at the breakdown. It seems the Paraguay coaching staff had done their homework on Canada and exposed this area of weakness in the Canada game. It took a few phases for them to turn the pressure into points but eventually they found a mismatch out wide with Thiel defending against one of their speedy backs. 12-12 and anyone's match at this point.

Paraguay scored the next try and that was the winner and match. Canada now face Brazil who lost to USA in the other Bowl semi. That game is at 12:20pm PT.

Canada Finish Pool Play 1-2: Compete in Bowl Round on Day 2

[ed. live stream of first two rounds was at]

Canada 10 - Colombia 14

A disappointing finish to Day 1 in more ways than one. The Chilean broadcaster, Rugbiers, cut off the YouTube feed after 2 rounds so the third round games weren't seen except on domestic TV. Reports indicated that Canada were ahead of Colombia 5-0 at the half then ran into yellow card trouble playing 5 against 7 for much of the second half. One report stated Canada received 5 yellow cards, another 4 yellow cards. It seems Josiah Morra, Jake Thiel, Cooper Coats and Quinn Ngawati all received 2nd half cards, it's unclear if there was a 5th yellow. Scoring for Canada were Brock Webster and David Richard. The result drops Canada into the Bowl competition vs Paraguay on Day 2 at 7:50am PT/ 10:50AM ET.

Canada 21 - Argentina 7

A big win for Canada as they take down the finalists from last weekend. Brock Webster got the start this match at scrum half otherwise it was an unchanged lineup. The game didn't start well with Coe not sending the kick 10 metres but fortunately Argentina played it and knocked it on. Immediately afterwards Argentina received a yellow for intentionally knocking a pass down and Canada had the man advantage. Elias Ergas knocked a pass on and Argentina were the first to threaten but good work by Cole Davis at the breakdown secured a penalty at Canada's 22. Canada worked their way down the field but Ergas threw an errant pass which was intercepted and Argentina again were on attack. Good cover defence prevented a break away and Argentina eventually knocked the ball on. Lots of early mistakes by both teams at this point. Ergas and Morra failed to connect on a switch play and Argentina had the next scrum and were back to full strength. Cole Davis destroyed his side of the scrum and Canada won the ball. A good passage of play without mistakes and a jinking run by David Richard led to a penalty for a high tackle. From the tap the ball finally found Josiah Morra out wide and he beat his man with a swerving run to put Canada on the board, 7-0.

Coe again failed to send the kickoff 10 metres but this time Argentina didn't play it and got the tap at half way. Argentina were threatening but this time Morra was the hero on defence taking a firm position over the tackled player after Brock Webster made a low tackle and Canada won the penalty at the breakdown. Elias Ergas made a great break from midfield and looked to have a clear path to the goal line but he made the mistake of slowing down a bit and was caught from behind and held up - Canada's 5 metre scrum. Canada won the scrum and a few passes later Josiah Morra scored his 2nd try with Jake Thiel providing the assist - Canada were ahead 14-0 at the half.

Canada started strong in the 2nd half and almost had another score but Davis couldn't handle a bouncing ball and knocked it on with the try line in sight. Cole Davis again dominated his side of the scrum causing havoc on the Argentine put in, the ball bounced out in Argentina's favour and the player was off down the sideline, some great track back defence by David Richard prevented the try, Argentina recycled the ball and found space out wide for the score, 14-7.

Argentina secured the kickoff and started their attack at Canada's 22, nervous time for Canada. The ball popped out of the ruck and the referee adjudicated an Argentine knock on which elicited an "ooh la la" from the commentator. Canada on attack were caught at the breakdown with 3 players but none picked up the ball, the referee awarded a penalty to Argentina. Fortunately for Canada some over enthusiastic grappling on the ground was picked up by the touch judge and the penalty reversed plus another yellow to Argentina.

The match ended with another try to Canada when Cooper Coats who had subbed in chipped through the line from a penalty tap, good swarming defence, led by Josiah Morra caused Argentina to try a desperation pass which bounced inside their goal, Jake Thiel dove on it for the try.

Josiah Morra was the man of the match with 2 tries and a key steal at the breakdown. David Richard improved his game with a few strong runs and extra effort on defence. Overall the team showed more attention to ball security on attack and the cover defence improved a notch to frustrate Argentina and prevent any easy tries. Next up is Colombia who were surprise winners over USA in their second match.

Canada 14 - USA 19

Canada started with a lineup of Jake Thiel (10), Andrew Coe (8) and Cole Davis (13) in the forwards, David Richard (2) at scrum half, Elias Ergas (6), Josiah Morra (7) and Cooper Coats (4) in the backs. In the first series of plays Jake Thiel picked up a yellow card for delay of game when Canada lost their first breakdown and he was adjudged to have tossed the ball away. Ergas came into the scrum to take Thiel's place. USA scored off the set piece with some speed on the outside, 7-0. USA scored a second time with the man advantage after a turnover from a Canadian knock on, the half ended 14-0.

The USA started the second half with a try, again out pacing the Canadian defence. After that Brock Webster (3) was brought on to scrum half, David Richard moved to first receiver and Cooper Coats came off. The change had an immediate effect as Brock Webster gave the ball some movement and changed the point of attack. Elias Ergas delivered a nice pass to Jake Thiel on the outside who strode into the goal area for Canada first points, 19-7. Quinn Ngawati (12) replaced Cole Davis who had his leg heavily bandaged from an injury he picked up in the previous tournament.

Brock Webster scored Canada's next try on a solo effort, he chipped through the American defence and chased his own kick, he was tackled without the ball as he was closing in on the bouncing ball near the goal line. A penalty try was awarded, 19-14. Webster almost won the game for Canada on another solo effort but was pushed out of bounds as he rounded the last defender. The whistle blew and that ended the match.

Brock Webster was the top player for Canada, the match dynamics changed when he subbed on and Canada scored their two tries. Elias Ergas picked up his game from the previous tournament and played well. Cole Davis had his leg heavily bandaged and seemed to have a slight limp, the few times he touched the ball he did well giving his support players extra time to catch up before going to ground, he won one of Canada's few penalties at the breakdown on defence.

Canada Face USA, Argentina, Colombia on Day 1 of Vina del Mar

The Canadian development team, Maple Leafs, come off an 8th place finish at Punta del Este in Uruguay and now go to Chile for the Vina del Mar.

It's the same 12 teams this weekend. Chile were the surprise winners of the Uruguay tournament, defeating favourites Argentina in the final. South Africa were perhaps the biggest disappointment based on reputation. The win gave Chile entry to the Vegas and Vancouver stops on the World 7s series this year.

Pool A: Chile, South Africa, Uruguay and Brazil.

Pool B: Argentina, United States, Canada and Colombia.

Pool C: Portugal, Germany, Paraguay and Russia.

Canada will expect to defeat Colombia and the match vs USA will be the key contest to determine their ranking for the playoff round. Cole Davis was the star for Canada in Uruguay scoring 4 tries on Day 1. He missed Day 2 due to a gashed leg and we'll wait and see his fitness for this weekend.

The bar isn't set high for Canada to improve from last year. They came 11th of 12 teams in 2018, losing to Colombia and only defeating Paraguay in the 11th/12th match. Three players from the 2018 team return in 2019, Thiel, Morra and Richard. Tevaughn Campbell was also on that team, now heading to the NFL NY Jets.

2017 was a better year for Canada at Vina del Mar, finishing 4th and defeating Uruguay in the quarter-finals. They lost to Fiji in the semis and Chile in the 3rd/4th match. Aaron McLelland was the top player on that tour with Kevin Vertkas and Kainoa Lloyd also doing well. Jake Thiel and Josiah Morra were also on that tour, making 2019 their 3rd consecutive trip to the tournament. Lee Douglas was head coach that year.

According to internet sources the live stream will be on the Rugbiers YouTube channel Live Stream

Schedule- Chile Jan 12, 2019:

Canada vs. United States- 6:20am PT / 9:20am ET

Canada vs. Argentina- 10am PT / 1pm ET

Canada vs. Colombia- 1:20pm PT / 4:20pm ET

Jan 13, 2019


Canada Team

1. Quinn Ngawati – Westshore/BC
2. Elias Hancock – Bytown Blues/ON
3. David Richard – Mississauga Blues/ON
4. Brock Webster – Oshawa Vikings/ON
5. Cooper Coats – Halifax Tars/NS
6. Elias Ergas - UBC/BC
7. Jack McCarthy – Vandalls RFC/NFLD
8. Josiah Morra – Toronto Saracens/ON
9. Jacob Thiel – Abbotsford RFC/BC
10. Cole Davis – Calgary Saints/AB
11. Jarvis Dahkewitz – UVIC/BC
12. Mitch Voralek – Waterloo County/ON
13. Andrew Coe – Markham Irish/ON

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