Canada Win First Match 44-33, Take +11 into Game #2: FULL MATCH VIDEO & PHOTO GALLERY
As Pat Parfrey mentions in his match write-up appended below, momentum shifted throughout the 80 minutes. Canada owned the first quarter going up 20-0 with 3 tries by Oitomen, Richard and Percillier. USA answered back through the forwards for a 20-7 scoreline before Will Percillier created a magical try after a USA clearing kick was kept in field by winger Avery Oitomen. Percillier beat about 5 USA defenders running the ball in from 60 metres out. USA closed out the half with a try for a 25-14 scoreline.
USA came storming out in the second half and scored two quick tries to claim their first lead in the match, 28-25. Quinn Ngawati helped turn the momentum back in Canada's favour with a storming run where he powered past defenders to put Canada back in the lead, 32-28. Ngawati duplicated the feat a few minutes later from just outside his 22 to put Canada further ahead 37-28. Ngawati's centre partner Gabriel Casey added one more from a well weighted grubber from Brock Webster and Canada were now ahead 44-28.
USA however had a strong last 10 minutes and got one back for a 44-33 final score.
Percillier and Ngawati were standouts with 2 tries apiece but Tyler Duguid received the man of the match award for his strong forward play.
Next match is Saturday June 8th, 5pm at Shawnigan Lake School.
Canada came away with a hard-fought win against USA in the first game of the Junior World Trophy qualifier at Shawnigan Lake School on Tuesday evening.
In this game momentum changed on several occasions with Canada racing to a 20 point lead inside 20 minutes. The USA dominated the middle of the Game scoring 2 converted tries before half and 2 more converted tries after halftime. Canada then answered with three tries to lead by 44- 28 with 10 minutes to go before the USA maintained possession for the final 10 minutes, to decrease the point difference to 11 points in advance of game 2.
Canada started off their 20-0 run with excellent ball movement out to the wing to Avery Oitoman for the first try of the game. Will Percillier notched a penalty kick off a high tackle on Webster shortly after.
The ball found its way out to David Richard who dotted down of the score and Percillier added two. Percillier continued to show his dominance, getting the offload off the floor and speeding it in for the try. Oitoman made a huge effort to get the pass to the inside off the box kick and Percillier stepped his way around the USA to score. Canada showed disciplined defense at the end of the half to hold off USA, going into the break up 25-14.
USA came out hard in the second half to go up for the first time in the match. After a lengthy bit of play without a score, Canada came back with a huge try by Quinn Ngawati—breaking through the line to touch down under the sticks and Percillier getting the kick to go. Ngawati wasn’t done yet, he showed his pace to get on the outside and run it down for his second try. Gabriel Casey notched Canada’s final try, powering over the line to score. Ngawati took over kicking duties from Percillier and added two more. The USA were relentless in the final minutes of play, but a conditioned Canada dug deep to hold on to the win 44-33.
Tyler Duguid was named man of the match for his tough uncompromising loose play. Quinn Ngawati scored two superb individual tries that made the difference in the score line. Canada’s set play was superior but the USA forwards demonstrated outstanding pick and drive skills penetrating Canada’s ruck defence at will. Mike Weir at outside half for USA had an excellent game.
“This high scoring game was exciting for fans but a concern for coaches,” commented head coach Jeff Williams. “We will need to improve in several areas including decision making, tactical kicking and tackling if we want to beat USA on Saturday. Traditionally USA are better in the second game of the 2 game qualifier. We need hometown support because you can guarantee the USA will be flying.”
They’ll take an 11 point lead into the final game of the series with the aggregate winner booking their ticket to the Junior World Trophy in Brazil this summer.
First Match of U20 Canada v USA at Shawnigan on Tuesday, June 4th - Team Rosters
The two match series between Canada and USA begins tomorrow with both games hosted at Shawnigan Lake School, kickoff is 5pm. Last year Canada won the first game 60-22 and USA won the second game 40-22, Canada winning overall and getting the trip to Romania for the JWRT.
The intensity level of these matches is high and the team that can maintain that intensity while keeping their composure and discipline usually comes out on top. Canada certainly have a talented backline that should have the ability to score quickly and often. The forwards matchup is key and a bit of an unknown going into the series, #8 Nick Carson will be one of the impact players in the forwards.
The live stream will be on the Rugby Canada FB page.
from Rugby Canada
Canada’s Men’s Under-20 team will play the first game of a two-game series against USA U20 to determine the qualifier for the World Trophy in Brazil in July.
This game will be played on Tuesday June 4th at Shawnigan Lake School at 5pm. The second game on Saturday June 8th will be at the same location and at the same time.
Head Coach Jeff Williams announced the starting team in a squad of 26 that will dress for the game. It includes seven athetes who played last year (Tyler Rowland, Guerschom Mukendi, Tyler Duguid, Reid Davis, Quentin James, Captain Will Percillier, Gabriel Casey) and excludes three injured returnees (Campbell Clarke, Kevin Vertkas, and Lockie Kratz).
Notable players include Will Percillier, who was capped for the Canada’s Senior National Men’s team this year at scrum half and Avery Oitoman at full back, who plays for Toronto Arrows Major League Rugby team.
The BC Carson tribe are well represented with cousins Frank at second row, Nick at number 8, and David at reserve hooker .
“The Qualifiers against USA are always nerve-racking affairs as so much is on the line,” commented head coach Williams. “However, we have prepared well and despite the injuries we think we have a good team.”
Canada’s Men’s U20 Roster: 1. Stefan Zuliani, Queens University, Ontario 2. Jared Augustin, Queens University, Ontario 3. Tyler Rowland, UBC, Ontario 4. Frank Carson, UBC, BC 5. Tyler Duguid, Edmonton Nor’westers, Alberta 6. Quentin James, Stade Francais, BC 7. Will Matthews, Beaconsfield RC, Quebec 8. Nick Carson, UVIC, BC 9. Will Percillier, Stade Francais, BC 10. Brock Webster, Oshawa Vikings, Ontario 11. David Richard, Mississauga Blues, Ontario 12. Quinn Ngawati, Westshore RFC, BC 13.Gabriel Casey, UVIC, Ontario 14. Jarvis Dashkewytch, UVIC, BC 15. Avery Oitomen, Toronto Arrows, Ontario 16. David Carson, UBC, BC 17. Josh Tweed, UBC, BC 18. Guerschom Mukendi, Stoney Creek RC, Ontario 19. Reid Davis, James Bay AA, BC 20. Mason Flesch, James Bay AA, Ontario 21. JT Boehme, James Bay AA, BC 22. James Biss, Saracens, England 23. Thomas Isherwood, Westshore RFC, Alberta 24. Siaki Vikalani, Burnaby, BC 25. Antoine de la Fontaine, Sherbrooke Abenakis, Quebec 26. Austin Pinnell, Edmonton Nor’westers, Alberta
Junior World Rugby Trophy Qualifying Series
Canada U-20 vs. USA U-20 June 4 – Shawnigan Lake School Kick-off: 8pm ET/5pm PT Live stream: www.facebook.com/RugbyCanada/
Canada U-20 vs. USA U-20 June 8 – Shawnigan Lake School Kick-off: 8pm ET/5pm PT Live stream: www.facebook.com/RugbyCanada/
Key Donors Supporting the Rugby Canada U20 Program:
Platinum: Shawnigan Lake School Mike Holmes Andrew Purdey
Gold : Pat Parfrey Rick Bourne Grenville Thomas
Silver : Tim Powers Brendan Parfrey Sally Dennis
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