Canada Win Two Game Series Against USA 67-38 and Advance to JWRT in Brazil: MATCH VIDEO & PHOTO GALLERY
A solid effort from Canada especially defensively as they held the USA to only 5 points. The first match was 44-33 in Canada's favour and the second 23-5 for an aggregate series win of 67-38.
Brock Webster's line break setup the first try as he offloaded to outside centre Gabe Casey. Canada mauled one in at the 15 minute mark to go up 14-0. Percillier added a penalty and the half ended 17-0 in Canada favour. Canada continued to make their tackles and frustrate the Americans, Percillier added two more penalties for a 23-0 lead with three quarters of the match done. USA added an unconverted try in the last quarter for a final of 23-5.
The first match featured a lot of open running with Percillier and Ngawati both scoring 2 tries, the USA marked them well this match but Canada's defence was the difference. Tighthead Tyler Rowland was nominated man of the match and Canada's strong scrum was one of the key factors in the win. The one area where Canada will have to improve is the lineout, Canada gave away a lot of possession on the lineout and better teams at the JWRT will punish them for that.
The JWRT takes place in Brazil from July 9th to 21st. Canada are in a pool with Japan, Kenya and Uruguay. The other pool has Tonga, Portugal, Hong Kong and Brazil. Canada's first match will be July 9th against Japan who were relegated from the top tier JWC tournament last year.
Canada defeated USA 23-5 in the final match of the two-game Junior World Trophy Qualifying series, booking their ticket to the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Brazil this July.
Canada came out to a huge start, holding USA scoreless in the first half. Pressure from Canada’s strong front row forced several USA errors and a huge showing at the scrum gave them the momentum in the first half.
Gabriel Casey started the scoring getting an inside ball from Brock Webster and running it in for the try. A USA penalty put Canada on the 5-metre line. Canada’s maul off the line out resulted in a try by Stefan Zuliani. Percillier ended the half with two conversions and a penalty kick to put Canada up 17-0 at the break.
The boot of Percillier added to Canada’s lead early in the second half, kicking for two penalties. A yellow card against Canada gave the advantage to USA and they used it, smashing over the line for their first and final score of the match.
The 2 weeks of preparation paid off for Canada as they outplayed USA in the set pieces and the defence was strong. In particular, shortcomings identified in game 1 were rectified. Particularly those involving tackling, discipline, and game management. The centre defence (Quinn Ngawati and Gabe Casey) was excellent as was that of backrow Will Matthews, Quentin James and Nick Carson. Tyler Duguid was magnificent in the loose.
“The major objective has been achieved, qualifying for the World Trophy,” commented Head Coach Jeff Williams. “Now the challenge is to win games at the tournament. I am optimistic because we have prepared better than last year.”
Canada Make One Change to Starting XV for Match #2
There's one change to the starting XV for Canada with Avery Oitomen being replaced by Thomas Isherwood. Oitomen is being rested due to concussion protocol but his replacement Isherwood brings his own attacking style and can equally cut through a defence if he gets the ball in space.
Game #1 was full of ebb and flow with both teams having dominance through periods of the match. There should be a bigger crowd on Saturday supporting Canada as 5pm Tuesday was a tough ask for many working folk.
Live streaming will be via the Rugby Canada facebook page.
from Rugby Canada
The Canada U20 team shows two changes on the starting team and two on the bench for the final game of the series to determine whether Canada or USA will qualify for the 2019 World Rugby Junior Trophy in Brazil
Both Avery Oitomen (full back) and Mason Flesch (flanker) suffered mild concussions and must follow the return to play protocols which exclude them from playing. They will be replaced by Thomas Isherwood and Will Matthews. Jack Carson (scrum half) and Brandon Hebert (second row) replace JT Boehme and Hugh Goovaerts.
Canada holds an 11 point lead in the aggregate score going into game 2 having won game , 44-33 in a thrilling game last Tuesday.
Game 2 will be at Shawnigan Lake School on Saturday June 8 at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT.
“Last game featured ball in play for 50 minutes, higher than in senior internationals, and only one American scrum, reflecting skillful play from both sides," commented Head Coach Jeff Williams. “Traditionally USA are stronger in game 2 so we will have our work cut out for us to qualify for Brazil.”
1. Stefan Zuliani, Queens University, Ontario. 2. Jared Augustin, Queen’s University, Ontario. 3. Tyler Rowland, UBC, Ontario 4. Frank Carson , UBC, BC. 5. Tyler Duguid, Edmonton Norwesters, Alberta 6 Quentin James. Stade Francais, BC. 7. Will Matthews, Beaconsfield, Quebec. 8. Nick Carson, UVic, BC 9. Will Percillier, Stade Francais, BC. 10 Brock Webster, Oshawa Vikings, Ontario 11 Jarvis Dashkewytch, UVIC, BC 12 Quinn Ngawati, WestShore RC, BC. 13 Gabe Casey, UVIC, Ontario 14 David Richard, Mississauga Blues, Ontario 15 Thomas Isherwood, WestShore RC, Alberta 16 Mike McCarthy, Swilers RFC, Newfoundland. 17 Josh Tweed, UBC, BC. 18 Guerschom Mukendi, Stoney Creek RC, Ontario 19 Reid Davis, James Bay AA, BC 20 Siaki Vikilani, Burnaby, BC 21 Jack Carson, Castaway Wanderers, BC 22 James Biss, Saracens, England 23 Antoine de la Fontaine, Sherbrooke, Quebec 24 David Carson, UBC, BC 25 Brandon Hebert, Ste Anne de Bellvue RC, Quebec 26 Austin Pinnell, Norwesters, Alberta