Canada U20 vs USA U20

March 28 2015

Canada U20 are Portugal Bound After Routing USA 41-6: Video Highlights


posted March 28 2015



Rugby Canada report

LANGFORD, BC – Canada’s Men’s Under-20 Fifteens side will play in the Junior World Rugby Trophy 2015, as the Canadians earned the right to represent North America after winning their two-match series against the USA Junior All-Americans following a decisive 41-6 victory Friday at Westhills Stadium.

On the strength of a dominating pack and an overwhelming second-half performance, Canada outscored the Junior All-Americans 28-0 over the final 40 minutes on route to a convincing victory and a 65-29 win, including a 24-23 Canadian victory on Monday, over the two-match total points series.

Patrick Finlay scored his first of two second-half tries in the 44th minute to spark the Canadian surge and five minute later the route was on after Andrew Coe scored to make it 25-6. With three penalties from Guiseppe du Toit and Finlay’s second try late in the contest, Canada ran away with the win.

With the victory, Canada will get the chance to play in Portugal in the mid-May Junior World Rugby Trophy with its sights set on bettering last year’s seventh place finish.

After trailing 23-11 midway through the second half of Monday’s first leg, Canada outscored the USA 54-6 over the final 100 minutes of the series.

Canada will join already-confirmed sides from Fiji, Georgia, Hong Kong, Namibia, Portugal, Tonga and Uruguay for the campaign-culminating tournament.

Beyond Finlay’s brace, Canada got tries from Reegan O’Gorman, Luke Bradley and Andrew Coe.

The Americans earned their six points from converted penalties off the boot of Ben Cima.

Despite an impressive final result in Canada’s favour, it was the Junior All-Americans who took a 3-0 lead early in Friday’s game. However, shortly thereafter, Canada responded with a sixth-minute try from O’Gorman and, from there, the home team never trailed.

From 10 metres out, O’Gorman took a pass from Dan Joyce and found a seam to tally Canada’s opening try.

After a bit of a back and forth play – including a strong defensive stand by the Canadians that held off a USA push just outside goal – Canada’s pack took over.

On the strength of the big boys, the Red and White earned a penalty in the 31st minute, which was promptly converted by Dan Horgan for an 8-3 lead.

With the Americans up a man, following a yellow card to Canada’s Karsten Leitner, Cima converted a 36th-minute penalty to close the gap to two points at 8-6.

However, the power of Canada’s forward unit came through in flying colours late in the half and, after a yellow card to USA’s Darien Pickett evened the playing field at 14 players each, the Canadians plowed over the whitewash just before halftime. Canada’s Bradley took the ball off a five-metre scrum, spun off a tackle and scored to put the Canadians up 13-6 at the break.

With momentum on Canada’s side, the boys wearing black and red piled on in the second half.

Winger Theo Sauder got things rolling for Canada early on as he intercepted an American pass in his own territory and weaved through the Junior All-American defenders before offloading to Finlay just before the goal line for a Canadian score in the 44th minute.

Five minutes later, Canada’s Coe got on the board as he charged an American kick and climbed in the air to grab it on the go before running in untouched for a try.

A trio of penalty converts from du Toit and a second try for Finlay in the 76th minute rounded out the scoring and sent Canada through to the Junior World Rugby Trophy 2015.

Canadian captain Lucas Rumball was named the Man of the Match.

At last year’s Junior World Rugby Trophy, Canada finished the USA finished third overall.

Canada finished its four-match March series with four wins, as they earned exhibition game victories over Romania U19 earlier this month, winning 21-9 and 36-13.

Canada’s U-20 Roster for Friday’s match against the USA:
1. Cali Martinez – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
2. Patrick Finlay – (Trinity University) Dublin, Ireland
3. Matt Tierney – (James Bay AA/Mississauga Blues) Oakville, ON
4. Paul Cuilini – (Aurora Barbarians) Vaughan, ON
5. Reegan O'Gorman (Vancouver Rowing Club) Vancouver, BC
6. Lucas Rumball – (James Bay AA/Balmy Beach) Scarborough, ON
7. Ollie Nott – (UVIC Vikes) Qualicum, BC
8. Luke Bradley – (UVIC Vikes) Port Alberni, BC
9. Dan Joyce – (Trinity University) Dublin, Ireland
10. Dylan Horgan – (UCC Rugby Club) Cork, Ireland
11. Karsten Leitner – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
12. Guiseppe du Toit – (UVIC Vikes) Maple Ridge, BC
13. Mitch Santilli – (James Bay AA/Harlequins) Brantford, ON
14. Theo Sauder – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
15. Andrew Coe – (UBC Thunderbirds) Markham, ON
16. John Shaw – (Bytown Blues) Ottawa, ON
17. Brendan Blaikie – (Queen’s University) Markham, ON
18. Conor Young – (Southern Districts RC) Sydney, Australia
19. Mitch Rothman – (Vancouver Rowing Club) Vancouver, BC
20. Tony Pomroy – (Baymen) Conception Bay South, NL
21. Philip Berna – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
22. Brandon Waeyen – (Calgary Hornets RFC) Calgary, AB



Canada Announce Lineup for 2nd USA Match on Friday at Westhills Stadium


posted March 27 2015

Coach Jeff Williams has decided to go with his halfback pairing from Game one, showing confidence in the Irish duo despite the nervous start they had in the first game. Both American tries came off Canadian errors so if Canada concentrate on their game and reduce the costly errors they should do well.

The loose forward trio who controlled the game for Canada remain the same. The tighthead prop remains the same but the loosehead and hooker who both did well coming off the bench last game get the start this match. The speedy backs remain the same from game one.

The game starts at 7pm at Westhills Stadium.

Rugby Canada media release

LANGFORD, BC – Men’s Under-20 head coach Jeff Williams announced his roster for Friday’s match against the USA Under-20 side at Westhills Stadium.

With just one point separating the two teams in the two-match total points series, following Canada’s 24-23 win on Monday, Friday’s contest is setting up to be a dandy as the two teams will battle for the right to represent North America in the Junior World Rugby Trophy 2015 in Portugal this May.

Kickoff for Friday’s game is at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. The match will be streamed live at www.rugbycanada.tv.

In a border battle that will no doubt be a physical exhibition, Williams has his men set for what will likely be a be a distance-bound heavyweight tilt.

“These are two teams that are very physical and it’s going to be a great game,” Williams said. “If we can handle the pressure they put on us and handle our mistakes, I would say we can come up with a positive outcome. However, like in any game, if the Americans minimize some of the mistakes they made on Monday, then the game could go either way. It’s definitely going to be exciting.”

Williams starting lineup on Friday will see him run out altered front and second rows while his back row and back line remain unchanged from Monday’s victory.

In the front row, UBC Thunderbirds product Cali Martinez will start at loosehead prop while Patrick Finlay, who originally hails from Dublin, Ireland, will slot into the starting unit alongside tighthead Matt Tierney of Oakville, Ont.

Paul Cuilini, who has started all three matches in the team’s March series and sparked Canada’s rally on Monday with a 69th minute try, will once again take on a starting role in the second row, while, next to him will be Reegan O’Gorman of the Vancouver Rowing Club, who earns his first start of the campaign.

In the back row, Lucas Rumball will captain the team and, similar to Monday’s contest, will be joined by Ollie Nott and Luke Bradley.

The back line will look exactly the same for the second game in a row as Dan Joyce is back at scrum half, Dylan Horgan returns at fly half and Karsten Leitner will once again settle on the wing.

Guiseppe du Toit, who tallied nine points from the boot in Monday’s tilt, including the game-winning penalty at the final whistle, returns at inside centre while Mitch Santilli is back at outside centre.

Rounding out the back line will be winger Theo Sauder, who scored his first try of the series on Monday, and fullback Andrew Coe, who tallied Canada’s opening try in the series’ first leg.

The lone change to the 22-man roster sees Brandon Waeyen enter the fray and Adrian Wadden step out.

Canada is coming off a thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Junior All-Americans at Shawnigan Lake School as the home side rallied from a 23-11 second half deficit to pull out a final-whistle win.

Canada finished seventh at last year’s Junior World Rugby Trophy while the USA was third.

The Junior World Rugby Trophy 2015 will be held in Lisbon and Jamor. The winner of this week’s qualifier will join already-confirmed sides from Fiji, Georgia, Hong Kong, Namibia, Portugal, Tonga and Uruguay.

Canada picked up a pair of exhibition game victories against Romania earlier this month, winning 21-9 and 36-13.

More information on Friday’s game is available at http://events.rugbycanada.ca.

Canada’s U-20 Roster for Monday’s match against the USA:
1. Cali Martinez – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
2. Patrick Finlay – (Trinity University) Dublin, Ireland
3. Matt Tierney – (James Bay AA/Mississauga Blues) Oakville, ON
4. Paul Cuilini – (Aurora Barbarians) Vaughan, ON
5. Reegan O'Gorman (Vancouver Rowing Club) Vancouver, BC
6. Lucas Rumball – (James Bay AA/Balmy Beach) Scarborough, ON
7. Ollie Nott – (UVIC Vikes) Qualicum, BC
8. Luke Bradley – (UVIC Vikes) Port Alberni, BC
9. Dan Joyce – (Trinity University) Dublin, Ireland
10. Dylan Horgan – (UCC Rugby Club) Cork, Ireland
11. Karsten Leitner – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
12. Guiseppe du Toit – (UVIC Vikes) Maple Ridge, BC
13. Mitch Santilli – (James Bay AA/Harlequins) Brantford, ON
14. Theo Sauder – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
15. Andrew Coe – (UBC Thunderbirds) Markham, ON
16. John Shaw – (Bytown Blues) Ottawa, ON
17. Brendan Blaikie – (Queen’s University) Markham, ON
18. Conor Young – (Southern Districts RC) Sydney, Australia
19. Mitch Rothman – (Vancouver Rowing Club) Vancouver, BC
20. Tony Pomroy – (Baymen) Conception Bay South, NL
21. Philip Berna – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
22. Brandon Waeyen – (Calgary Hornets RFC) Calgary, AB



Canada Show Character with Come From Behind Victory Over USA 24-23


posted March 23 2015

It was a great comeback for Canada. There were some nervous pundits with Canada down 12 points with time running down, no one wanted to see Canada start game two with -12. The team believed in themselves and it turned out well. General thoughts are that the USA are a bigger side but Canada a faster side so they have to play a game that takes advantage of that.

The 9-10 combination for Canada wasn't working until they switched Guiseppe du Toit to #10. The Irish connection of Dan Joyce from Trinity University and Dylan Horgan form UCC Rugby Club in Cork, Ireland had a tough day at the office. Two of the USA tries came off mistakes from the scrum half. It was a tough selection choice for coach Williams as the players looked good against Romania. It will be interesting to see what choices are made for Friday, give the players a chance to redeem themselves or go with the 2nd half combination that worked better.

Canada take a +1 into game two on Friday at Westhills Stadium.


Fitou Fisiiahi the big American inside centre looks to move the ball upfield but Canada's Ollie Nott is tracking well


The American #10 put up a lot of high balls that Canadian backs had to deal with in the rain


Canada were competitive in the lineouts, Ollie Nott contesting for Canada


Luke Bradley from Port Alberni and attending UVic was effective on both sides of the ball, here applying pressure on the clearance kick


Ollie Nott again showing up in the photos, he was one of the outstanding players today


Luke Bradley provided a lot of physicality for Canada and wasn't afraid to take the ball straight up the field


Guiseppe du Toit missed some early kicks but came through big when it counted to give Canada the win


Finishing off the kick from the above photo


Ollie Nott from Qualicum on Vancouver Island, he personified the tenacious play of Canada that eventually won them the game


Match highlights

Rugby Canada report

LANGFORD, BC – With Guiseppe du Toit slotting a penalty at the final whistle, Canada’s Men’s Under-20 team completed a late-match rally to knock off the USA Men’s Junior All-Americans 24-23 on a rainy Monday afternoon at Shawnigan Lake School.

Trailing 23-11 with just 20 minutes to play, Canada roared back with tries from Paul Cuilini and Theo Sauder just three minutes apart to set up du Toit’s match-winning kick.

With Canada down by two points and the clock waning, a long run by substitute Philip Berna put Canada into American territory and from there, the home side pushed its way down the pitch until it was eventually awarded a decisive penalty. Du Toit’s kick gave Canada the winning point and its first lead of the game.

Along with Cuilini and Sauder, Canada’s Andrew Coe also got in on the try-scoring action. Du Toit finished the afternoon with nine points on three penalties.

For the Junior All-Americans, Jacobus Germishuys and Ian Kinsley notched tries while Ben Cima added 13 points from the boot, including three penalties and both try conversions.

“That was obviously not the way we planned it, but it’s nice to get the win, knowing that we played a very good game in the second half,” said Canada U-20 coach Jeff Williams. “I thought our bench had a bit more of an impact than their bench did, especially in the scrums. In the second half, we had at least three or four scrums where we were very dominant and got a penalty out of it. But I think we got rid of the nerves in the second half as well and made smarter decisions that led to putting them under a little bit more pressure.

“The guys love playing for one another. They never stopped believing. There was so much positivity and once we got rolling, they never had any doubt that we were going to come back.”

With a one-point lead for the home side, Canada and the USA will now play in the second leg of the two-match total points series Friday at Westhills Stadium at 7 p.m. The winner of the series will advance to the Junior World Rugby Trophy 2015 as the North American representative. Friday’s match will be streamed live at www.rugbycanada.tv.

The Junior All-Americans opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Germishuys capitalized on a Canadian passing miscue, snatching up a loose ball and running 40 metres for the try and, after Cima’s conversion, a 7-0 lead.

Five minutes later, du Toit put Canada’s first points on the board, hitting a penalty from 40 metres out to make it 7-3.

The Junior All-Americans reestablished their seven-point edge when, after earning a penalty off the scrum, Cima split the uprights from just outside 20 metres.

However, just a minute after Cima’s penalty, Coe broke through for Canada’s first try of the match. Shortly after a lineout, the Canadian fullback took a quick pass inside and, while evading numerous would-be tacklers, raced away for the try to get Canada within two points, at 10-8.

After a mucky 20 minutes of back-and-forth action, the USA eventually went up by five points at the break, as Cima hit his second penalty of the half at the whistle.

“Early on, we just forced too many passes,” Williams said. “We made a lot of very basic mistakes and that allowed them to have more possession than we would have liked and they were very good at using that possession.”

Just three minutes into the second half, Canada got back into the match with du Toit converting a penalty to make it 13-11.

Shortly after Canada closed the gap, the Junior All-Americans caught a break and made the Canadians pay. From deep in its own territory, Canada attempted to evade pressure with a boot up the middle. However, the attempt ricocheted off a fellow Canadian and chaos ensued. The bouncing ball eventually found the hands of Kinsly, who ran it across for the score and a 20-11 lead.

Then, with 20 minutes to play, Cima slotted another penalty and the visitors took a 12-point edge.

Nine minutes later, the Canadians cued their comeback.

With the pack doing much of the work, Canada bullied its way deep into USA territory before Cuilini eventually pushed it over the line in the 69th minute.

With momentum shifting, Canada figured out its passing game just in time. After struggling to link passes all afternoon, the Canadian backs suddenly found their rhythm and managed to send the ball to the speedy Sauder on the outside. The UBC Thunderbirds product did the rest of the work, getting around the corner and scoring.

That set the table for du Toit’s winning penalty and Canada’s late-match dramatics.

“It was a tale of two halves,” Williams said. “They played well in the first half and we played well in the second half. I’m sure it will make for an exciting game on Friday.”

Canada has now won all three of its March contests after also picking up victories in a pair of exhibition games against Romania earlier this month, winning 21-9 and 36-13.

Canada finished seventh at last year’s Junior World Rugby Trophy while the USA was third.

The Junior World Rugby Trophy 2015 will be held in Lisbon and Jamor. The winner of this week’s qualifier will join already-confirmed sides from Fiji, Georgia, Hong Kong, Namibia, Portugal, Tonga and Uruguay.



Canada v USA Today at 3:30 pm @ Shawnigan Lake School


posted March 23 2015

It's show time, the day Canada's U20 program sees whether it's ready for the JWRT tournament in Portugal. Only one team from North America is invited and the winner of the two game series starting today will be travelling to the tournament.

Rugby Canada report

LANGFORD, BC – Men’s Under-20 Fifteens coach Jeff Williams announced his roster for Monday’s match against the USA U-20 side at Shawnigan Lake School.

Monday’s game is the first leg of a two-match total-points series with the Junior All-Americans, which will determine the North American representative for the Junior World Rugby Trophy 2015 in Portugal in mid-May.

Kickoff for Monday’s game is at 3:30 p.m. PT. The match will be streamed live at www.rugbycanada.tv.

Williams’ roster will see him run out a familiar group to one that played Romania earlier this month, as 12 of the 15 starters set for Monday’s tilt also started in Canada’s opening exhibition game against Romania on Mar. 10.

The Canadian front five will be an all-Ontario outfit as Oakville’s Matt Tierney will lead the way from the tighthead prop position alongside Brendan Blaikie, at loosehead, and John Shaw. Meanwhile, Vaughan’s Paul Cuilini, who started both exhibition matches against Romania, and Adrian Wadden of Mississauga will man the second row.

Lucas Rumball, who also hails from Ontario, will captain the team from the blindside while Ollie Nott of Qualicum, B.C. will slot into the back row for the third straight match along with Luke Bradley, who will don the No. 8.

Williams’ back line will feature Dan Joyce at scrum half while Dylan Horgan, who collected 11 points from the boot in Canada’s final tune-up against Romania, is back at outside half.

Rounding out the back line will be Karsten Leitner, who tallied a try in both games against Romania, Guiseppe du Toit, Mitch Santilli, Theo Sauder, who will be making his debut with this year’s U-20 side, and Andrew Coe. Sauder joins the team shortly after helping his UBC side to a second place finish at the National University 7s Championships, while tying for the tournament lead with 10 tries.

Williams’ side will have a challenge on its hands as it takes on the Americans, who are typically a sizable group with top-level individual tools.

“We know what they’re going to come with,” Williams said. “They’re going to be big and strong and very direct. They’re very talented. For us, we’re just trying to build our systems and make sure we know our roles and responsibilities in order to be successful.

“We have to work harder than them. If we work harder than they do, we’ll have a chance to be successful. If we get our systems right and we outwork the opposition, good things will happen for us.”

Canada finished seventh at last year’s Junior World Rugby Trophy while the USA was third.

The Junior World Rugby Trophy 2015 will be held in Lisbon and Jamor. The winner of this week’s qualifier will join already-confirmed sides from Fiji, Georgia, Hong Kong, Namibia, Portugal, Tonga and Uruguay.

Canada picked up a pair of exhibition game victories against Romania earlier this month, winning 21-9 and 36-13.

For Canada, Paddy Finlay, Reegan O’Gorman, Philip Berna and Sauder were all added to the U-20 roster this week. All four had previous commitments and were unable to join the team earlier this month.

Both games against the USA will be streamed LIVE at www.rugbycanada.tv and all other information will be available at http://events.rugbycanada.ca.

Canada’s U-20 Roster for Monday’s match against the USA:
1. Brendan Blaikie – (Queen’s University) Markham, ON
2. John Shaw – (Bytown Blues) Ottawa, ON
3. Matt Tierney – (James Bay AA/Mississauga Blues) Oakville, ON
4. Paul Cuilini – (Aurora Barbarians) Vaughan, ON
5. Adrian Wadden – (Oakville Crusaders) Mississauga, ON
6. Lucas Rumball – (James Bay AA/Balmy Beach) Scarborough, ON
7. Ollie Nott – (UVIC Vikes) Qualicum, BC
8. Luke Bradley – (UVIC Vikes) Port Alberni, BC
9. Dan Joyce – (Trinity University) Dublin, Ireland
10. Dylan Horgan – (UCC Rugby Club) Cork, Ireland
11. Karsten Leitner – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
12. Guiseppe du Toit – (UVIC Vikes) Maple Ridge, BC
13. Mitch Santilli – (James Bay AA/Harlequins) Brantford, ON
14. Theo Sauder – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
15. Andrew Coe – (UBC Thunderbirds) Markham, ON
16. Paddy Finlay – (Trinity University) Dublin, Ireland
17. Conor Young – (Southern Districts RC) Sydney, Australia
18. Cali Martinez – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
19. Reegan O'Gorman (Vancouver Rowing Club) Vancouver, BC
20. Mitch Rothman – (Vancouver Rowing Club) Vancouver, BC
21. Tony Pomroy – (Baymen) Conception Bay South, NL
22. Philip Berna – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC

Canada’s Under-20 team members not named to Monday’s roster:
Bryce Worden – (Burnaby Lake RFC) Sussex, NB
Justin Aylward – (Dogs RFC) St. John’s, NL
Matt Murphy – (Dogs RFC) St. John’s, NL
Brandon Waeyen – (Calgary Hornets RFC) Calgary, AB
Dillon Goos – (London St. George’s) London, ON
Owen Brombel – (James Bay AA/Guelph Redcoats) Guelph, ON
Tim Hart – (Brock University) Fall River, NS
Emil Sehic – (Fredericton Loyalists) Fredericton, NB

Canada’s Under-20 Men’s Fifteens Staff:
Jeff Williams – Head Coach
Ken Goodland – Assistant Coach
Todd Silverthorn – Manager
Jessica Smith – Therapist
Abby Galenzoski – Strength and Conditioning Coach

TICKETS
The game at Shawnigan Lake School will be FREE of charge.

For the game at Westhills Stadium, tickets will be as follows:
$10 for Youth (Under 12) and Students for 1 Game
$15 for Youth (Under 12) and Students for 2 Games

$15 for Adults for 1 Game
$25 for Adults for 2 Games

Men’s Under-20 March Series Schedule:
Canada U-20 – 21 Romania U-19 – 9
March 10th – Shawnigan Lake School

Canada U-20 – 36 Romania U-19 – 13
March 14th – Westhills Stadium

Canada U-20 vs. USA U-20
March 23rd – Shawnigan Lake School
Kick off at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT
Streamed LIVE at www.rugbycanada.tv

Canada U-20 vs. USA U-20
March 27th – Westhills Stadium
Kick off at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT
Streamed LIVE at www.rugbycanada.tv

USA U20

1. James Gannon
2. Lucas Joseph
3. Valdemar Lee-lo
4. Oliver Drew
5. Christian Wiessing (C)
6. Braeden Hood
7. Jacobus Germishuys
8. Maciu Koroi
9. Louis Mulholland
10. Ben Cima
11. Seth Halliman
12. Fitou Fisiiahi
13. Ian Kinsly
14. Connor McRae
15. Scott Dean
16. Gabe Romero
17. Nick Kwasniewski
18. Victor Comptat
19. Brian Nault
20. Erik Thompson
21. Oisin Brady
22. Babapelumu Adejuyigbe

Coaching Staff
Michael Engelbrecht - Head Coach
Luke Gross - Assistant Coach
David Williams - Assistant Coach
Peter Borlase - Assistant Coach
Marc Stcherbina - Assistant Coach
Brian Finn - Physio
Dr. Terrence Cronin - Doctor

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