Canada U20 Defeat Portugal 48-20, Avenges Earlier Loss
from Canadian Press
OEIRAS, Portugal – The Canadian under-20 men’s rugby team ran in six tries Thursday, defeating the Portugal under-20 side 48-20.
Portugal won the opening match of the series 33-20 on Monday.
Canada’s Jacob Bossi scored two tries Thursday with singles from Cole Brown, Ciaran Breen, Sion Griffiths and Willem den Ouden. Brown added three conversions and Thomas Isherwood booted three conversions and two penalties.
“Our players played with great heart and determination and were not going to be denied a win,” said Canada coach Jeff Williams. “We have worked hard on our defence and that was much improved from Monday, as was our set play.”
Breen was named man of the match.
Portugal made the final of the 2019 World Rugby Junior Trophy, losing 35-34 to Japan. Canada finished fifth at the eight-team tournament, World Rugby’s second-tier under-20 competition. from Rugby Canada
The fifth attempt in three years was indeed the charm for Canada’s U20 Men’s Team, as an inspired squad bested Portugal’s U20s by a score of 48-20, putting up six tries against Portugal’s two.
It was a lovely night for rugby at the Jamor National Training Centre in Portugal. Canada began the game in fine form thanks to a Cole Brown score under the posts, following breaks by Brock Webster and Matt Percillier. Portugal answered with two consecutive converted tries before a Canadian lineout drive resulted in a converted try from hooker Jacob Bossi, equalizing the score. Canada then struck again when a beautiful pass from Brock Webster led to Ciaran Breen streaking under the posts. Portugal made it 21-17 with a penalty before Sion Griffiths extended his country’s lead by finishing a long movement from the ensuing re-start, which featured breaks by Will Matthews and Breen. Three conversions were kicked by Cole Brown and one by Thomas Isherwood in the first half.
With Siaki Vikalani and Webster withdrawn at halftime, Portugal began the second half strongly, kicking a penalty to make the score 28-20. Canada would not faulter from then on, adding 20 unanswered points and displaying their strength in finishing.
Following another Breen break, Bossi scored from a forward drive. Isherwood kicked the ensuing conversion as well as two more penalties. Finally, Willem den Ouden crossed the line with a dive after an Isherwood break. Isherwood’s two conversions and two penalties in the second half would bring his points total on the day to 17.
“Our players played with great heart and determination, and were not going to be denied a win," said coach Jeff Williams. “Our improved defence and set-play compared with Monday’s match were a testament to the hard work the team has put in. The skill in the game was demonstrated by the fact that the first scrum wasn’t until the 14 minute mark, and our first lineout at the 20 minute mark. Despite the hectic nature of the game we lasted the entire 80 minutes."
Man of the Match honours were awarded to Ciaran Breen, while second row Liam Casey, flanker Matthews and fullback Isherwood also put in fine performances. Canada U20 will next travel to Britain to take on Cardiff Met and Bristol Bears Academy on May 3 & 7 respectively.
Match Report by Dr. Pat Parfrey: Canada 20 - Portugal 33
Portugal scored 3 converted tries and 4 penalties, as their goal kicker went 7 for 7. Canada also scored 3 tries, one convert and a penalty.
Canada's Men's U20 Team lose 33-20 to Portugal U20 in game 1 of tour
It was a lovely evening for rugby: 10 degrees Celsius, mild wind, a nice grass pitch at the headquarters of Portugal rugby, and a good referee. Portugal scored 3 converted tries and 4 penalties, as their goal kicker went 7 for 7. Canada also scored 3 tries, one convert and a penalty. The tries were scored by Jarvis Dashquewych, Thomas Isherwood and Liam Casey, with Isherwood kicking the convert and penalty. Ciaran Breen made good breaks to create 2 tries and Casey’s try resulted from a sustained goal line attack. The score at half was 16-10 for Portugal.
All players got into the match except for Siaki Vikalani, recovering from injury, and Mehdi Porchet who has returned home as the result of injury. Identified player of the game was Liam Casey, with Will Matthews, Cole Brown and Brock Webster also being prominent.
"It was a good effort by the team but we must work harder on midfield defense, scrums and our restart receptions. The gaps in our game today were likely the result of this being our first game versus international opposition. I was happy with our performance in many areas of the game, particularly phase defense by the forwards, rucking and our all-round tackling," commented Head Coach Jeff Williams. “This tour is all about gaining experience playing high speed rugby and trying to develop a strong U20 team. In that context, the game was very valuable. We certainly look forward to Thursday’s second game versus Portugal and anticipate we will produce a better performance.”
The absence of 7 likely selections for Canada's World Trophy team may have impacted performance, but the match provided valuable experience for 25 more players in contention for selection.
The second and final game of the Portugal tour will be played February 20.
Canada U20 Updates: Team for First Portugal Game Announced: UPDATE PORTUGAL 33 - CANADA 20
[ed. score was Portugal 33 - Canada 20, apparently a lot of errors from Canada, they go back at it on Thursday. UVic are also in Portugal and beat Clube de Rugby São Miguel 57-10. UVic and Canada U20 will play at the same venue on Thursday, UVic will play a High Performance Centre team, possibly a combination of U20 players not selected and older high performance players.]
Canada U20 arrived in Canada on Friday and will play Portugal on February 17 and on February 20.This tour is over midterm break and is attractive because Air Transat flights direct to Lisbon were available at around $1000 per person, hotel full board was obtained for $80 per person per night, and the weather is lovely for a camp. In addition Portugal are great opposition having beaten Canada U20 in the past 4 games.
The cost of the tour is about $8000 of which 40% is paid by Rugby Canada, 40% by Canadian Rugby Foundation from donations, and less than 20% by the players.
The following were unable to tour because of injury or unavailability: Michael Mccarthy (hooker at the Pride),Tyler Duguid (tight head at Narbonne), Piers van Dedszelem (second row at Oxford University), Nick Carson (number 8 at U Victoria), James Biss (outside half at Saracens Academy), Lockie Kratz (center at U Victoria), David Richard (Canada Sevens). In addition Siaki Vikilani (back row ) and Mehdi Porchet (second row) are on tour but recovering from injury.
The starting team has Josh Tweed , Jared Augustin and Haeden Moher in the front row, Liam Casey and Izzak Kelly in the second row, Zephyr Melnyk, Will Matthews and Albert Dwan in the back row, Kevin Oh and Brock Webster as halfbacks, Ciaran Breen and Sion Griffiths in the centres, Jarvis Dashquewych and Matt Percillier on the wings and Thomas Isherwood fullback.
To come on as reserves are front rowers Willem den Ouden, Austin Creighton, Jacob Bossi, and Alex Chitan, flanker Cody Nhanala, scrum half Cole Brown, backs Ian Maclean, Jack Shaw and Isaac Olson. Captain is Will Matthews and vice captain Brock Webster.