Canada Lose to Tonga 26-25 in First Match at U20 JWRT: MATCH VIDEO
Canada started well and had two fairly easy penalty kicks in the first 6 minutes and could have been up 6-0 but both were missed. Tonga then scored a try at the nine minute mark that involved four missed tackles by Canada on the Tongan #12 who ran from his side of centre to the 5 metre line then popped the ball up to a supporting player. Canada were now down 7-0. Canada got 3 back on a penalty kick and it was 7-3 with 15 minutes gone.
At 17 minutes the Tongan fullback saw space with the wing defender up and the fullback deep and laid in a beauty of a kick that bounced the right way for Tonga and they were under the posts again, 14-3.
Tonga went up 21-3 when Canada tried a grubber kick at the Tongan 22 it bounced directly to the backline defender who chipped over the Canadian defence and a couple of missed tackles later, a quick tap from a penalty and they were under the posts again.
Canada got one back before the half from pick and go forward action near the Tongan goal line, Nick Carson eventually breaching the defence, 21-10.
Tonga were first to score in the second half when #10 Filipe Samate threw an outrageous dummy that suckered the Canadian defenders and he sprinted in from 22 metres out beating two tacklers. It was a try that would have Canadian coaches shaking their head. It was Samate's second try and his vision of space and tactical kicking was one of the differences in the match, 26-10.
Canada scored from a driving maul after Tonga were given a yellow card for a tip tackle. Hooker Mike McCarthy touched it down for 5, unconverted, 26-15 with 30 minutes left. The subs started with Zuliani coming on at loosehead and Reid Davis at second row, Tweed and Carson going off. Then Augustin replacing McCarthy at hooker and Lacklan Kratz replacing Ngawati at #12, Mukendi replaced Rowlands at tighthead, Vikilani replacing Quentin James at blindside flanker. With 10 minutes left Thomas Isherwood replaced Oiteman at fullback and de la Fontaine came on and Brock Webster at #10 went off. At 72 minutes Tonga received another yellow for a high tackle and Canada made them pay with Reid Davis crossing the line after prolonged pressure inside the Tongan 5 metres, unconverted, 26-20. Canada would score again in the last minute, openside Matthews but again unconverted 26-25. There was time for the kickoff and Canada were on attack but the winger was taken into touch and the game ended.
Overall Canada will be disappointed they allowed Tonga to go ahead by +18 in the first half. Canada worked hard for their tries but gifted a couple of tries to Tonga with poor tackling and defensive positioning. The Canada scrum had the advantage through the 80 minutes. Tonga were a bit better at the breakdown turning ball over. Canada left 12 points on the field with missed penalties and conversions, Tonga were not much better with 11 points unclaimed. The Canadian bench did their job scoring two tries and securing the bonus point. Tonga scored all their tries through the backs, Canada scored their tries through the forwards.
Canada got 2 bonus points in the loss so still have a chance of winning their pool if Portugal beat Tonga and Canada beat Portugal. Canada face Portugal on Saturday. At the time of writing Portugal are ahead of Hong Kong 38-6 at the half, so look certain to tie Tonga for the lead in the pool with a large point differential advantage.
Canada Name Team to Face Tonga in First Match of U20 World Trophy Tournament in Brazil
The team to start against Tonga has a few changes from the squad that defeated the USA in two qualifying matches. The front row only sees Tyler Rowland keep his starting spot at tighthead. Mike McCarthy from the Swilers club in Newfoundland comes in to start at hooker and Jared Augustin from Queen's University, who started the two matches versus the USA, moves to the reserves bench. Josh Tweed from UBC gets the start at loosehead ahead of Stefan Zuliani of Queen's who started the two USA matches.
The second row remains constant with Tyler Duguid and Frank Carson, one of the four Carson cousins on the team. The backrow also remains the same with Quentin James, Will Matthews, and Nick Carson.
The backline remains unchanged with Percillier to Webster and then Ngawati to Casey in the centres, on the outside Dashkewytch and Richard. Avery Oiteman returns to claim the fullback position with Thomas Isherwood moving to the bench.
Canada finished second to last in 2018 with close losses to Portugal (-2) and Uruguary (-4) before losing large (-27) to eventual winner Fiji. Canada went on to thump host Romania 71-14 in the 7th place playoff.
Japan will be one of the favourites having been just relegated from the Junior Championship last year. Canada are in a pool with Tonga, Portugal and Hong Kong with Tonga up first tomorrow. The matches will be streamed on World Rugby's facebook page and website. from Rugby Canada
São José dos Campos, Brazil (July 8, 2019) - Canada will play Tonga on Tuesday July 9, Portugal July 13, Hong Kong July 17 and the final game for ranking will be on July 21. The other pool comprises Japan, Uruguay, Kenya and Brazil. The winner of the Trophy will replace Scotland in the World U20 Championships.
The 26 man squad for Brazil is similar to the one that beat the USA twice in June, with changes being the addition of Lockie Kratz returned from injury and Jack Carson at scrum half. The latter brings the number of Carson cousins selected to 4 , with David at hooker, Frank at second row, and Nick at number 8.
Seven Returnees from last year’s World Trophy include Tyler Rowland (tight head), Guerschom Mukendi (prop), Reid Davis (second row), Tyler Duguid (second row), Quentin James (blind-side flanker), Will Percillier (scrum-half and captain), and Gabe Casey (outside centre),
Thirteen Under-agers are available to Canada next year: Josh Tweed (loose-head prop), Michael McCarthy and Jared Augustin (hookers), Duguid, Will Matthews (open-side flanker), Nick and Jack Carson, Siaki Vikalani (flanker), Brock Webster and Thomas Isherwood (outside half), Kratz, Jarvis Dashquewytch and David Richard (wing) .
Seven players are 20 this year and playing in their first World Trophy. They include Stefan Zuliani at loose head, David and Frank Carson, Mason Flesch at flanker, Quinn Ngawati at inside centre, Antoine de la Fontaine on the wing and Avery Oiteman at full back.
The regional mix is substantial with 12 players from BC (Tweed, 4 Carsons, Davis, James, Vikalani,Percillier, Ngawati ,Kratz ,Dashquewych), 9 from Ontario (Zuliani,Augustin, Rowland, Mukendi, Flesch, Webster, Casey, Richard and Oiteman), 2 from Alberta (Duguid and Isherwood) , 2 from Quebec (Matthews and De la Fontaine), and one from Newfoundland (McCarthy).
Based on their play in the Qualifiers players to watch include the power scrummager Rowland , rugged work horse Duguid, skillful second row Frank Carson, athletic number 8 Nick Carson, tackling machine Matthews, sweet passing and running scrumhalf Percillier, driving centre Ngawati, and flying fullback Oiteman.
‘’We are better prepared than last year where we lost in the last few minutes against Uruguay and Portugal," commented head coach Jeff Williams. "The first game against Tonga, who beat Samoa to qualify, is our major focus especially as the Island teams are so good. Last year’s Trophy winners Fiji were excellent and have stayed in the World Championship for 2020."
Of interest World Rugby have agreed that all 26 squad members can dress for a game but a maximum of 8 substitutions can be made . This player friendly rule should make it easier for all squad members to play in the tournament.
The management team comprises Gethin Watts ( team leader), Williams, Adam Roberts (Assistant Coach), Mylan Clairmont (S&C Coach), Kiyomi Thompson and Maxime Charron (therapists) , Shannon Houston (doctor) , and Pat Parfrey (manager) .
The improved preparation for 2019 has been facilitated by the sponsorship of Shawnigan Lake School and funds raised by the Support Group ( David Robertson, Andrew Purdey, Mike Holmes, Bill Webb, Mark Wyatt and Pat Parfrey).
Fans can watch every match LIVE on World Rugby's Facebook page.
Antoine de la Fontaine, Sherbrooke Abenakis, QC
Avery Oiteman, Toronto Arrows, Ontario
Brock Webster, Oshawa Vikings, Ontario
David Carson, UBC, BC
David Richard, Mississauga Blues, Ontario
Frank Carson, UBC, BC
Gabriel Casey, U Victoria, Ontario
Guerschom Mukendi, Stoney Creek RFC, Ontario
Jack Carson, Castaway Wanderers, BC
Jared Augustin, Queens U, Ontario
Jarvis Dashquewytch, U Victoria, BC
Josh Tweed, UBC, BC.
Lachlan Kratz, U Victoria, BC
Mason Flesch, James Bay AA, Ontario
Michael McCarthy, Swilers RFC, Newfoundland
Nick Carson, U Victoria, BC
Quentin James, Stade Francais, BC
Quinn Ngawati, Westshore RFC, BC
Reid Davis, James Bay AA, BC
Siaki Vikalani, Burnaby RFC, BC
Stefan Zuliani, Queens U, Ontario
Thomas Isherwood, Westshore RFC, Alberta
Tyler Duguid, Edmonton Nor’westers, Alberta
Tyler Rowland, UBC, Ontario
Will Matthews, Beaconsfield RFC, QC
Will Percillier, Stade Francais, BC -Captain
Canada vs Tonga
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Canada vs Portugal
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Canada vs Hong Kong
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