Canada Clobber Hong Kong 78-26 with Four Will Percillier Tries and Three Tries from Lachlan Kratz: MATCH VIDEO
The final try scoresheet on the World Rugby website for Canada reads:
They could have also added the first two tries Hong Kong scored as they were gifts from Canada. The final result was a blowout 78-26 but 25 minutes into the match it was 14-14 with Canada setting up all four tries. The next try would be important and fittingly it was Will Percillier who scored it. He scored four in total. The backline finally broke their scoring drought and it was Lachlan Kratz who did that in style, scoring the first two and then adding one more later in the match.
At the time of writing Portugal are putting on a clinical display of rugby and dissecting the #2 team in the pool, Tonga, 40-3 in the second half. They'll go on to face Japan in the promotion match. Canada will likely face Kenya in the 5th/6th playoff. The result versus Kenya should be similar to today's. Kenya lost to Uruguay 63-11 in their first match.
Summarizing Canada's tournament to date, they have some talented athletes who can run up the score on the weaker sides but they have problems breaking down more structured defences. The error count is still too high and a 5th place finish would accurately reflect their current playing level. They can compete with the 3rd and 4th place sides (Uruguay/Tonga) but are a level behind the 1st and 2nd place teams this year (Japan/Portugal).
Canada Name Team to Face Hong Kong Tomorrow in Battle to Reach 5th/6th Playoff
It looks certain Japan will be one of the teams in the final to gain promotion to the top tier JWC, they'll face off against the winner of Portugal v Tonga tomorrow. Tonga received a blow when their #6, Asaeli Fanua, was cited for striking Canada's Jarvis Dashkewych in the face, he received a 3 game suspension
which means he's gone for the tournament. It was deemed a red card offence but was missed by referee Gonzalo Ventoso (Uruguay) and his touch judges.
The best finish Canada can achieve now is 5th, by beating Hong Kong tomorrow and then likely Kenya on the final day.
Canada's biggest problems to date are fixable, missed tackles and handling errors. If Canada can focus on playing clinical rugby with minimum errors they should be able to win their remaining two matches quite comfortably.
Hooker Mike McCarthy is gone with injury as are 2nd row Reid Davis and fullback Avery Oiteman. The major change is moving UVic's Lachlan Kratz to inside centre where hopefully he can get the backline firing on all cyclinders. Quinn Ngawati moves to outside centre and Antoine de la Fontaine from Quebec gets his first start on the wing.
Kickoff is at 8am PT and streamed on World Rugby facebook page and website. from Rugby Canada
Canada U20 will play Hong Kong on Wednesday, July 17th at the World Trophy in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
They have lost to both Tonga and Portugal and a win will place Canada in 5/6 ranking game. Hong Kong have no points in the standings but have played attractive rugby.
Four changes have been made. David Carson replaces Michael McCarthy, who is injured at hooker. Mason Flesch comes in for Will Matthews at flanker, Lockie Kratz starts at inside centre and Quinn Ngawati moves to outside centre to replace Gabe Casey. Antoine de la Fontaine will play wing instead of Jarvis Dashkewych. In addition to McCarthy, Reid Davis and Avery Oitomen were not considered because of injury.
1. Stefan Zuliani, Queens U, Ontario
2. David Carson, UBC, BC
3. Tyler Rowland, UBC, Ontario
4. Frank Carson, UBC, BC
5. Tyler Duguid, Edmonton Nor’westers, Alberta
6. Quentin James, Stade Francais, BC
7. Mason Flesch, James Bay AA, Ontario
8. Nick Carson, U Victoria, BC
9. Will Percillier, Stade Francais, BC -Captain
10. Brock Webster, Oshawa Vikings, Ontario
11. Antoine de la Fontaine, Sherbrooke Abenakis, QC
12. Lachlan Kratz, U Victoria, BC
13. Quinn Ngawati, Westshore RFC, BC
14. David Richard, Mississauga Blues, Ontario
15. Thomas Isherwood, Westshore RFC, Alberta
16. Jared Augustin, Queens U, Ontario
17. Josh Tweed, UBC, BC.
18. Guerschom Mukendi, Stoney Creek RFC, Ontario
19. Siaki Vikilani, Burnaby RFC, BC
20. Will Matthews, Beaconsfield RFC, QC
21. Jack Carson, Castaway Wanderers, BC
22. Gabriel Casey, U Victoria, Ontario
23. Jarvis Dashkewytch, U Victoria, BC
Canada 25-26 Tonga
Canada 49-21 Portugal
Canada vs Hong Kong
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U20 Trophy Finals