Canada Claim Comfortable Win in 5th Place Final 52-13 Over Kenya: FULL MATCH VIDEO
Canada scored 8 tries to 2 for Kenya in a comfortable win. At 9 minutes Perciller opened the scoring after a break by fullback Thomas Isherwood. In terms of total metres gained with ball in hand Isherwood would likely be ahead in this match, his blonde mullet was seen streaking up and down the sideline throughout the match. In this case he dished off to Percillier to get past the last defender, 7-0.
Canada's defensive line was coming up fast and getting their shoulders stuck into the runners which caused Kenya some problems and forced a few knock-ons. Later in the match these big hits would take their toll as the Kenyans were slow to get up and several of their players stayed on the ground for an extended period of time while play was stopped.
Winger Aintoine de la Fontaine was next to cross over at 15 minutes, setup by a strong Canadian scrum at the 5 metres with the ball being spread quickly to the far side of the field, 12-0.
Kenya kicked a penalty for a 12-3 scoreline with a quarter of the match played. At the 30 minute mark they added their first try with a 3 man overlap on the right side, their second row #5 didn't bother passing to the two unmarked players outside of him and dove over the line, 12-8.
After a promising start Canada were now in a close match with 10 minutes left in the half. The next score would be important for momentum. It would be Canada scoring next at 34 minutes with a simple lineout and maul play from 5 metres out, the maul sliced through the Kenyan defence meeting little resistance with hooker Mike McCarthy at the back of the maul touching it down, 19-8. Canada would have another 5 metre lineout chance at the half but the ball was knocked on and that's how the half ended, 19-8 to Canada.
Canada scored another maul try 8 minutes into the second half, almost a duplicate of their previous one. World Rugby has Rowland as the try scorer but it looked like McCarthy again from hooker at the back of the maul, 26-8. The penalty which setup the lineout and maul was credited to a successful jackal attempt by the forwards, it looked to be Nick Carson over the ball.
At 58 minutes Kenya got one back, a nice jinking run by their #14 which beat several outside defenders, 26-13, and that would be the end of the Kenyan scoring.
Canada would own the last 20, the punishing tackles in the first 60 minutes had done their job and Kenya were staggering. At 64 minutes a nice run down the wing by Richard to Webster and back inside to a supporting Nick Carson, 33-13.
At 66 minutes a break by Webster to a supporting Richard, 40-13. At 71 minutes a #8 pickup from the base of the scrum by Nick Carson for his second, 47-13. In the final minute an inside pass to Siaki Vikilani saw him dive over for a final 52-13 score.
Canada won't particularly be pleased with a 5th place finish, better than last year's 7th but far from the two 2nd place finishes in earlier years. At the time of writing Tonga are leading Uruguay 29-22 with 5 minutes remaining (Tonga won 29-27 to claim 3rd). Canada would have been competitive in the 3rd/4th place match if they could have reversed that narrow loss to Tonga in game one but they weren't at the level for a 1st/2nd place run this year.
There's the focus on next year now, player ID and development. What skills were missing, there was some frailty around the breakdown, securing their own ball, effectively cleaning out the rucks, supporting the ball runner, interlinking play. Then there's the mental preparation, learning to control the nerves especially in the first game of the tournament. Will the Pacific Pride help, it depends how many U20s will be selected for the Academy. Then there's always the first question of getting by the Americans next year and they have been winning the U18 battles lately and the series is on their turf in 2020.
The team can enjoy their last two wins, done in style while management are tasked with planning for 2020.
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The biggest winner to date in terms of player impact has to be the move of Lachlan Kratz to inside centre. Before his move to the starting role in that position for the Hong Kong match, Canada went 160 minutes without any scoring input from the backline. He keeps his spot after scoring 3 tries in the Hong Kong match. Also maintaining his starting role on the wing is Antoine de la Fontaine. The star of the team going in has been captain Will Percillier, he delivered against Hong Kong scoring 4 tries but he has had issues as well, missing a few key passes, having a box kick blocked, he'll need to be precise in his play against Kenya.
Kenya put in a good showing against Japan and the game was in the balance a few times. They ran their big men in close to the ruck quite frequently and were able to put multi-phase attacks together on a regular basis. Canada haven't been that outstanding at poaching the ball at the breakdown so they'll have to be patient, come up fast on defence and make their tackles. Kenya also have some speed outside that Canada need to contain. If Canada play a structured, possession game with consistent support at the breakdown and keep the errors to a minimum they should be able to end the tournament on a high and claim 5th place.
The match kicks off Sunday morning at 8am PT, live stream from World Rugby facebook page and website. from Rugby Canada
Canada U20 will play Kenya U20 on Sunday July 21 in São José dos Campos, Brazil. Canada were third in their pool having beatenHong Kong, lost a very tight game to Tonga because of missed kicks, and lost to finalists Portugal.
As a result Canada will play third place in the other pool, Kenya, for fifth place in the tournament.
Japan will play Portugal for promotion to World U20 Championships, Tonga will play Uruguay for third place, and hosts Brazil will play Hong Kong for seventh place. Portugal have been consistently good for the past 3 years, having finished second in 2017, third in 2018 and are in the final again in 2019.
Kenya beat Brazil, played very well against Japan and lost to Uruguay. They have big Fijian- like forwards and fast backs. Canada have played well except for the last 15 minutes against Portugal. The offense has scored 124 points in the 3 games but the defense has been a concern, as it leaked 101 points.
The changes to the team that beat Hong Kong are Josh Tweed for Stefan Zuliani at loose head prop, Michael McCarthy for David Carson at hooker, and Will Matthews for Mason Flesch at open side flanker.
1. Josh Tweed, UBC, BC.
2. Mike McCarthy, Swilers RFC, Newfoundland
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 RFC, QC
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. David Carson, UBC, BC
17. Stefan Zuliani, Queens U, Ontario
18. Guerschom Mukendi, Stoney Creek RFC, Ontario
19. Reid Davis, James Bay AA, BC
20. Siaki Vikilani, Burnaby RFC, BC
21. Mason Flesch, James Bay AA, Ontario
22. Jared Augustin, Queens U, Ontario Gabriel Casey, U Victoria, Ontario
23. Jack Carson, Castaway Wanderers, BC
24. Gabriel Casey, University of Victoria, ON
25. Jarvis Dashkewytch, U Victoria, BC
Canada 25-26 Tonga
Canada 49-21 Portugal
Canada 78-26 Hong Kong
U20 Trophy Finals
Canada vs Kenya- 11am ET/ 8am PT
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