Canada U20 JWRT 2017

September 06 2017


Canada U20 vs Chile - JWRT 2017
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Canada Fall to Chile 45-28 for 0-3 Record: Next Match for 7th/8th Place on Sunday


It's another sad day for Canadian men's rugby as they lose to Chile by a score of 45-28 at the U20 level. Only 9 years ago Canada were 12th in the world at U20 rugby, they competed in the top Championship tournament. Now they are struggling to stay in the Tier 2 competition which represents 13th to 20th in the world. Canada didn't qualify last year, this year they did by defeating USA but will be representing the two worst teams at the tournament in the 7th/8th match, the other being Hong Kong who lost to Uruguay and are also winless.

The match report from Rugby Canada is below but some observations on where it's going wrong for Canada.

Chile's first try was just a mental error, Chile attempted a penalty kick which sailed wide of the posts but landed in the goal area. The two Canada defenders just watched the ball hit the ground, neither reacting while the chasing Chilean wing dived on the ball for the try. What can be said about that, it's something you wouldn't expect to see in a high school game here. It's fair to say the Canada team did not have their head in the game, why is open to speculation, too many distractions on tour, players not selected on ability to handle pressure, it's impossible to say without more information.

Overall Chile played a simple but well executed game plan. Their forwards ran at the fringes of the ruck, taking the ball at pace and breaking the gainline. They secured their ball and continued more of the same. Later in the game when Canada tired they found space out wide. It's Rugby 101.

Canada on the other hand were trying to be too clever, they tried to go wide without fixing the defenders inside first, they would try offloads that were high risk and lost the ball as many times as they claimed it. In short they tried to play a NZ style game but without the necessary skills. It's a consequence of being told over the last decade that playing an expansive, entertaining game was the way forward for Canada. Since 2008 Canada have had New Zealand coaches at the senior national level influencing the style of play. The NZ style of rugby is the best in the world but only if you have the foundation of skills to execute it, only if you've been raised in a culture from youth to understand it.

Canada have to go back to a style of rugby that matches the skills available, and then select players based on that criteria. Slowly improve skills at the grassroots level and evolve the style of play over time. The quick fix of trying to adapt a style of expansive rugby with "expert" foreign coaches without the requisite effort in improving the baseline skills has been disastrous for both the senior men and the feeder systems. World Rugby pushed this on Canada so they could be more "entertaining" at the world cup, they used their money to influence the decisions and there was no one at Rugby Canada with enough backbone to push back.

The women's teams didn't drink the koolaid fortunately and still stuck to the model of a dominant forwards game. Canadian women's teams are renowned for their tough forwards play and they've been successful.

For the men's programs, it's time to discover their past so they can move forward.

from Rugby Canada

PUNTA DEL ESTE, URUGUAY – Canada’s men’s U20 team will play for seventh place at the World Rugby U20 Trophy after losing 45-28 to Chile in their final match of pool play Wednesday at Estadio Domingo Burgueño.

The seventh place match is on Sunday (9am ET/6am PT). Canada’s opponent has yet to be determined.

The setback drops Canada to 0-3 in the tournament, having also lost against Namibia and Japan.

While Canada earned its first bonus point of the tournament with their four-try effort, it wasn’t enough against a Chilean side that put up six converted tries and a penalty.

A try from captain George Barton late in the opening frame gave Canada their first lead of the tournament and sent them into halftime up 14-10. However, Chile retook the lead just two minutes after the break and never looked back, scoring five second-half tries en route to a convincing victory. The win puts Chile into the fifth-place match.

Canada’s Aidan McMullan scored his first two tries of the tournament, while Niko Clironomos, who made his first start of the event, also touched down for his first score of the U20 Trophy. Will Kelly and Brennig Prevost knocked through two converts each for the Canadians.

Lucas Avelli scored two tries for Chile, while Tomas Salas, Martin De Oto, Piero Zunino and Rodrigo Manzano each tallied once. Salas also converted all six tries and added a penalty to finish with 20 points.

Canada qualified for the U20 Trophy after beating the USA in a two-game qualifying series in Edmonton. Canada cruised to a 46-12 victory in Game 1 and, despite a 27-25 defeat in Game 2, Canada qualified by virtue of a 71-39 aggregate win.

Match Report:
Chile pressed early on and for the third straight game, Canada fell behind within the first 10 minutes. Off a missed Chilean penalty attempt, Chile’s Tomas Salas corralled the ball inside Canada’s in-goal area to notch his team’s first score of the contest. With Salas also converting, Chile took a seven-point lead.

After Canadian lock Matt Beukeboom had been sent off with a yellow card in the 16th minute, Chile extended their lead to 10-0 when Salas slotted a penalty from right in front of the sticks.

However, despite playing down a man, the Canadians surged back. Niko Clironomos, who was making his first start in the tournament, took a quick offload from captain George Barton and the inside centre took the ball 50 metres for a try. Will Kelly converted to make it 10-7.

With Canada stealing momentum, Barton scored to give his team a lead for the first time in the tournament. From five metres out, a hard-charging Barton took a quick pass from Fraser Hurst and crashed in for the try. Kelly’s second conversion of the half gave Canada a 14-10 lead, which they took into halftime.

Just two minutes into the second half, Chilean flyhalf Martin De Oto showed a quick dummy before slipping through the Canadian line and running nearly half the field for the try. A Salas conversion sent Chile ahead 17-14.

With the lead back in hand, Chile went on the offensive, with Lucas Avelli leading the way and scoring twice in the span of three minutes to help open a 31-14 advantage.

Canada’s Aidan McMullan responded with his first try of the tournament, breaking through the Chilean line from 15 metres out and scoring, but the effort only closed the gap momentarily.

After Canadian scrumhalf Hurst was given a red card in the 64th minute for what was deemed to be a punch to the face of a Chilean player, it took only two minutes for Chile’s Piero Zunino to score to put his team up 38-21.

The teams traded converted tries in the final five minutes, with Chiles Rodrigo Manzano scoring before McMullan added his second of the match.

Canada Scoring
Tries: McMullan (2), Clironomos (1), Barton (1)
Conversions: Kelly (2), Prevost (2)
Penalties:

Chile Scoring:
Tries: Avelli (2), De Oto (1), Zunino (1), Salas (1), Manzano (1)
Conversions: Salas (6)
Penalties: Salas (1)

Scoring Summary:
First Half
Try – Tomas Salas (CHI) – 5’
Conversion – Tomas Salas (CHI) – 6’
Penalty – Tomas Salas (CHI) – 18’
Try – Niko Clironomos (CAN) – 19’
Conversion – Will Kelly (CAN) – 20’
Try – George Barton (CAN) – 33’
Conversion – Will Kelly (CAN) – 33’

Second Half
Try – Martin De Oto (CHI) – 42’
Conversion – Tomas Salas (CHI) – 43’
Try – Lucas Avelli (CHI) – 49’
Conversion – Tomas Salas (CHI) – 50’
Try – Lucas Avelli (CHI) – 52’
Conversion – Tomas Salas (CHI) – 53’
Try – Aidan McMullan (CAN) – 58’
Conversion – Brennig Prevost (CAN) – 59’
Try – Piero Zunino (CHI) – 66’
Conversion – Tomas Salas (CHI) – 67’
Try – Rodrigo Manzano (CHI) – 76’
Conversion – Tomas Salas (CHI) – 76’
Try – Aidan McMullan (CAN) – 78’
Conversion – Brennig Prevost (CAN) – 79’

Yellow Cards
Canada – Matt Beukeboom (16’)

Red Cards
Canada – Fraser Hurst (64’)

Canada’s Roster to Face Chile:
1. Connor Sampson (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
2. Steven Ng (Capilano RFC) Ottawa, ON
3. Cole Keith (James Bay AA) Sussex, NB
4. Liam Doll (UBC Thunderbirds) North Vancouver, BC
5. Matt Beukeboom (Section Paloise) Lindsay, ON
6. Lachlan Currie (Bond University) Gold Coast, Australia
7. Jamie McNaughton Carleton Place, ON
8. Jake Thiel (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
9. Fraser Hurst (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
10. Will Kelly (Brantford Harlequins) Ancaster, ON
11. Cole Davis (Canberra Royals) Calgary, AB
12. Niko Clironomos (UBC Thunderbirds) Burnaby, BC
13. George Barton (Clermont) Duncan, BC (captain)
14. Anton Ngongo (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC
15. Aidan McMullan (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC), Montreal, QC

16. Dewald Kotze (UBCOB Ravens) Edmonton, AB
17. Liam Murray (Langley) Langley, BC
18. Nick Frost (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
19. Josh Thiel (Bishop Burton College) Abbotsford, BC
20. Jack McRogers (Aurora Barbarians) Newmarket, ON
21. William McDougall-Percillier (Cowichan Piggies) Mill Bay, Victoria
22. Brennig Prevost (UVic Vikes) Victoria, BC

2017 World Rugby U20 Trophy Staff:
Head Coach – Jeff Williams
Assistant Coach – Sean McDonaugh
Strength & Conditioning Coach – Jeff Watson
Athletic Therapist – Kiyomi Thompson
Analyst – Derek Pue
Team Physician – Shelby Karpman
Team Manager – Alana Gattinger

Canada’s 2017 World Rugby U20 Trophy 2017 Schedule:
Canada 16 Namibia 31 – Estadio Charrua (Montevideo)
Canada 12 Japan 50 – Estadio Charrua (Montevideo)
Canada 28 Chile 45 – Estadio Domingo Burgueño Miguel (Punta del Este)
7th Place Match – Estadio Charrua (Montevideo)



Canada Name Team to Face Chile on Wednesday 7:30am PT


Canada go into the match at 0-2, a disappointing tournament for Canada to date. They'll look to rebound against Chile who are also 0-2.

It's been the manner of the losses that have been worrying, the forwards have been dominated especially in the mauls and near the goal line. Unless Canada can win the war in the trenches against Chile it will be a long day.

Chile ran Japan close, losing by 6 points, Canada lost by 38. The game against Namibia was closer, Canada losing by 15, Chile losing by 14. The 81 points given up by Canada is by far the worst in the tournament, the Canadian defence has not been resolute.

Only two changes are made, one is at the critical position of openside flanker where Jamie McNaughton replaces James O’Neill. The other change is in the centres where Niko Clironomos replaces Josh Thiel.

from Rugby Canada

PUNTA DEL ESTE, URUGUAY – Canada’s men’s U20 side is set to compete its final match of pool play at the World Rugby U20 Trophy 2017 and head coach Jeff Williams will make two changes to his starting lineup that will face Chile Wednesday (10:30am ET/7:30am PT) in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Coming off losses to Namibia and Japan, Canada will take on Chile with their sights set on earning their first victory of the U20 Trophy. A win would put Canada into the fifth place match on Saturday, while a loss would see them into the seventh-place contest.

The only alteration up front to Williams’ roster has Jamie McNaughton earning his first start of the tournament at right flanker, replacing James O’Neill. Also entering the starting fray for the Canadians will be Niko Clironomos, who comes in for Josh Thiel at left centre.

This will be the first match of the tournament in which McNaughton has suited up, while Clironomos was on the bench for both of Canada’s first two matches.

In the pack, the trio of Connor Sampson, Steven Ng and Cole Keith will slot into the front row, while Liam Doll and Matt Beukeboom return as Canada’s starting second-rowers.

Joining McNaughton in the back row will be regular starters Lachlan Currie at flanker and Jake Thiel, who scored one of Canada’s two tries against Japan, at No. 8.

Amongst the backs, Fraser Hurst will once again start at scrumhalf, while Will Kelly gets the call at flyhalf.

Cole Davis and Anton Ngongo, who scored a nifty try in Canada’s last outing, snatching a restart and going the distance, will start on the wings, while captain George Barton comes alongside Clironomos at right centre.

For the third consecutive match, Aidan McMullan starts at fullback.

The championship match will be played Sept. 10, along with the third, fifth and seventh place matches. Pool B features hosts Uruguay as well as Fiji, Portugal and Hong Kong.

Canada qualified for the U20 Trophy after beating the USA in a two-game qualifying series in Edmonton. Canada cruised to a 46-12 victory in Game 1 and, despite a 27-25 defeat in Game 2, Canada qualified by virtue of a 71-39 aggregate win.

Canada’s Roster to Face Chile:
1. Connor Sampson (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
2. Steven Ng (Capilano RFC) Ottawa, ON
3. Cole Keith (James Bay AA) Sussex, NB
4. Liam Doll (UBC Thunderbirds) North Vancouver, BC
5. Matt Beukeboom (Section Paloise) Lindsay, ON
6. Lachlan Currie (Bond University) Gold Coast, Australia
7. Jamie McNaughton Carleton Place, ON
8. Jake Thiel (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
9. Fraser Hurst (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
10. Will Kelly (Brantford Harlequins) Ancaster, ON
11. Cole Davis (Canberra Royals) Calgary, AB
12. Niko Clironomos (UBC Thunderbirds) Burnaby, BC
13. George Barton (Clermont) Duncan, BC (captain)
14. Anton Ngongo (Castaway Wanderers) Victoria, BC
15. Aidan McMullan (Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC), Montreal, QC

16. Dewald Kotze (UBCOB Ravens) Edmonton, AB
17. Liam Murray (Langley) Langley, BC
18. Nick Frost (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
19. Josh Thiel (Bishop Burton College) Abbotsford, BC
20. Jack McRogers (Aurora Barbarians) Newmarket, ON
21. William McDougall-Percillier (Cowichan Piggies) Mill Bay, Victoria
22. Brennig Prevost (UVic Vikes) Victoria, BC

World Rugby U20 Trophy 2017 Staff:
Head Coach – Jeff Williams
Assistant Coach – Sean McDonaugh
Strength & Conditioning Coach – Jeff Watson
Athletic Therapist – Kiyomi Thompson
Analyst – Derek Pue
Team Physician – Shelby Karpman
Team Manager – Alana Gattinger

Canada’s 2017 World Rugby U20 Trophy 2017 Schedule:
Canada 16 Namibia 31 – Estadio Charrua (Montevideo)
Canada 12 Japan 50 – Estadio Charrua (Montevideo)
Canada vs. Chile – Sept 6 – 10:30am ET/7:30 am PT – Estadio Domingo Burgueño Miguel (Punta del Este)

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