Canada U20 vs USA 2018 - Match #1

June 12 2018


Canada U20 vs USA U20 June 12 2018 - 60-22
© Judy Teasdale

Canada Take +38 Into Second Match on Saturday: Nine Tries to Three Win by Canada


The UBC/UVic combination accounted for all 9 tries if you give credit to the two props for the push over scrum penalty try. Vertkas and Smith, both from UBC, each scored doubles, Elias Ergas from UBC scored the first try, O'Neill, Matthews and Findley from UVic scored singles. Brennig Prevost from UVic did all the kicking. Final was 60-22 for Canada.

These two BC university programs are the crown of the U20 program, no doubt about it, so kudos to those coaches, Curry Hitchborn and Rameses Langston and Doug Tate and Rick Farrally. Couldn't do it without you.

Thanks to Judy Teasdale who is well known to all BC rugby fans for all the great photos she's provided over the years. She was eyes and ears at the game and provided all the following images and videos.

We've included them sequentially from the twitter feed, it tells the story.














Scoring Report:

Canada:
Tries - Elias Ergas, Kevin Vertkas (2), James O’Neill, Michael Smith (2), Jackson Matthews, Mostyn Findley
Conversions - Brennig Prevost (5)
Penalties - Brennig Prevost

Penalty tries - (1)

USA:
Tries - Reuben De Haas, Justin Johnson, Campbell Johnstone
Conversions - Reuben De Haas (1), Patrick Madden (1)
Penalties - Reuben De Haas

Red card - Bronson Teles

Canada U-20 Roster:
1. Gavin Kratz – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
2. Jack McRogers – McMaster University (Toronto, ON)
3. Tyler Rowland – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
4. Quentin James – Perpignan (Vancouver, BC)
5. Reid Davis – Bayside RFC (Surrey, BC)
6. Owain Ruttan – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
7. James O’Neill – Captain, UVIC Vikes (Cochrane, AB)
8. Michael Smith – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
9. Will Percillier – UBC Thunderbirds (Victoria, BC)
10. Steven Commerford – Brock University (Toronto, ON)
11. Jack McCarthy – Vandals RFC (St, John’s, NL)
12. Kevin Vertkas – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
13. Seth Purdey – UCal at Berkeley (Shawnigan Lake, BC)
14. Elias Ergas – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
15. Brennig Prevost – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
16. Tyler Wong – UVIC Vikes (Vancouver, BC)
17. Emerson Prior – Trent University (Toronto, ON)
18. Stephen Mallard – Swiler’s RFC (St. John’s, NL)
19. Ben Newhook – Vandals RFC (St, John’s, NL)
20. Jackson Matthews – UVIC Vikes (Montreal, QC)
21. Peter Ingoldsby – Exmouth RFC (England)
22. Brock Gallagher – James Bay AA (Edmonton, AB)
23. Mostyn Findley – UVIC Vikes (Regina, SK)

USA Roster:
1. Payton Ilalio
2. Dillon Shotwell
3. David Ainuu
4. Ronan Murphy
5. Bronson Teles
6. Bailey Wilson
7. Justin Johnson
8. Santi Mascolo
9. Ruben de Haas (C)
10. Sam Walsh
11. Noah Niumataiwalu
12. Quinn Perry
13. Jack Wendling
14. Patrick Medina
15. Patrick Madden
16. Stephen McLeish
17. Jack Wiles
18. Daryl Bagley
19. Will Waguespack
20. Devin Short
21. Ethan McVeigh
22. Campbell Johnstone
23. Jack Bradfield



Canada Name Team for USA Match #1 on Tuesday at 5pm PT: UPDATES


[ed. updated with USA starting roster and USA Rugby statement on Live Stream, "Due to connectivity limitations at the playing field, a live stream for the match will not be available."]

The U20 matches are always a bit of an unknown as there's no form guide to base results on, the teams are assembled quickly for the JWRT qualifier then it's wait and see. The Canada team won two matches against other hastily assembled teams as a warm up, a Fraser Valley U23 and a BC U23 side.

Historically Canada have been better prepared than the Americans, last year Canada won the first match by a landslide, the Americans adapted and won a narrow second match but Canada won on aggregate. In 2017 the US won at the whistle in a one off match, the teams were evenly matched. In 2016 Canada won by a landslide at home. It seems when Canada host they win large, when USA host it's a close series. We'll see if the pattern continues this year.

The strength of the Canada team this year are the loose forwards, the UBC/UVic partnership of Ruttan, Smith and O'Neill are top notch. The front row, it's wait and see, the Americans could have some pacific island plus-sized talent with a bit of technique, not much is known at this time on how the match up will go. Quentin James, son of Mike James, is solid in the second row.

In the backline it's again the UBC/UVic talent that should shine Vertkas, Ergas and Prevost all proven players in the BC leagues.

The halfback combination of Percillier to Commerford will be interesting. Coach Jeff Williams is high on Commerford's game control and his passing was impressive at the intersquad game but his kicking skills were suspect, so that will be something to watch. Hopefully it's something they've worked on during the few weeks in camp.

The hosts haven't released any details on streaming and it's looking dubious at the time of writing if there will be live streaming but it's a TBD status at the moment.

from Rugby Canada

“Fortunately, there has been strong competition for places. Furthermore, we decided to go with six forwards and two backs on the bench, in view of the high heat and humidity in Houston,” commented Williams.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm local time (8pm ET/5pm PT). USA Rugby has yet to confirm an option for fans to watch live, stay tuned for more information.

Canada Under-20 Roster to face USA on Tuesday:

1. Gavin Kratz – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
2. Jack McRogers – McMaster University (Toronto, ON)
3. Tyler Rowland – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
4. Quentin James – Perpignan (Vancouver, BC)
5. Reid Davis – Bayside RFC (Surrey, BC)
6. Owain Ruttan – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
7. James O’Neill – UVIC Vikes (Cochrane, AB)
8. Michael Smith – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
9. Will Percillier – UBC Thunderbirds (Victoria, BC)
10. Steven Commerford – Brock University (Toronto, ON)
11. Jack McCarthy – Vandals RFC (St, John’s, NL)
12. Kevin Vertkas – UBC Thunderbirds (Toronto, ON)
13. Seth Purdey – UCal at Berkeley (Shawnigan Lake, BC)
14. Elias Ergas – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
15. Brennig Prevost – UVIC Vikes (Victoria, BC)
16. Tyler Wong – UVIC Vikes (Vancouver, BC)
17. Emerson Prior – Trent University (Toronto, ON)
18. Stephen Mallard – Swiler’s RFC (St. John’s, NL)
19. Ben Newhook – Vandals RFC (St, John’s, NL)
20. Jackson Matthews – UVIC Vikes (Montreal, QC)
21. Peter Ingoldsby – Exmouth RFC (England)
22. Brock Gallagher – James Bay AA (Edmonton, AB)
23. Mostyn Findley – UVIC Vikes (Regina, SK)

from USA Rugby

STARTERS ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST MATCH OF MEN’S JUNIOR ALL-AMERICANS WORLD RUGBY TROPHY QUALIFIER

COLLEGE STATION, TX. - Men's Junior All-Americans (MJAAs) Head Coach Scott Bracken has named his starting lineup to compete in the first match of the World Rugby Trophy Qualifier series with Canada's U20s tomorrow at 7 PM CT. After a week of rigorous preparation, including an exhibition game against Austin Elite Academy, the MJAAs look ahead to a promising showing in the first of two games against northern neighbor Canada.

The match takes place at Penberthy Playing Field at Texas A&M University. Admission is complimentary but parking (located in Lot 100 D North of fields 1-10) will incur a small fee. Due to connectivity limitations at the playing field, a live stream for the match will not be available. Updates will be provided through @USARugby's Twitter account.

"Training has been tough with the travel, heat and humidity but nobody is complaining. A core principle of our team is that we will never be victims of anything. Our guys just brush the weather aside and get on with business," says Head Coach Bracken, describing the team's overall experience over the past week. "We expect tomorrow to be physical match against a strong Canadian side. I am really looking forward to kickoff."

Headlining the squad as Captain is capped Men's National Team player Ruben de Haas. De Haas joined the Men's Eagles for their June training camp and competed with them earlier this season during the Americas Rugby Championship, helping the team earn their second consecutive title in the tournament. David Ainuu joins the MJAAs after spending time with the Men's National Team during their June training camp, as well.

Along with de Haas and Ainuu's national team connections, two athletes from Major League Rugby will suit up as reserves. Will Waguespack of Nola Gold and Devin Short of San Diego Legion will join the rest of the team in bringing professional experience to the mix of an already talented group of athletes.

With one North American spot remaining, the two match qualifier series will see either the USA Men's Junior All-Americans or the Canada U20s advance to the international World Rugby Trophy tournament set to take place in Romania August 24. After conceding their berth to Canada last year due to a lower cumulative points score, the United States will seek their first representation in the tournament since 2016.

Following the first match at Texas A&M in College Station, the Men's Junior All-Americans will travel to Rice University on Sat, June 16 to face Canada in the final match of the series at 3:30 PM CT. Taking place in the same local region as the senior Men's National Team's test match with No. 6 World Ranked Scotland, fans are encouraged to enjoy a full day of American rugby.

Admission to the 2018 World Rugby Trophy Qualifier series is free of charge with match updates available by following @USARugby on Twitter. Fans in attendance will be required to pay for parking on site in Lot 100 D North of fields 1-10.

MEN'S JUNIOR ALL-AMERICAN STARTERS | 2018 WORLD RUGBY TROPHY QUALIFIER
PLAYER POSITION CLUB/SCHOOL

1. Payton Ilalio Prop Saint Mary's College
2. Dillon Shotwell Hooker Sam Houston State University
3. David Ainuu Prop Toulouse Rugby
4. Ronan Murphy Lock Saint Mary's College
5. Bronson Teles Lock University of Arizona
6. Bailey Wilson Flanker Utah United
7. Justin Johnson Flanker Life University
8. Santi Mascolo No. 8 Iona College
9. Ruben de Haas (C) Scrum Half Free State Cheetahs
10. Sam Walsh Fly Half Scots College (NZ)
11. Noah Niumataiwalu Wing Saint Joseph's University
12. Quinn Perry Center Santa Monica Rugby
13. Jack Wendling Center Central Washington University
14. Patrick Medina Wing Austin Blacks
15. Patrick Madden Full back Cal Poly State University - San Louis Obispo
16. Stephen McLeish Reserve Lindenwood University
17. Jack Wiles Reserve St. Bonaventure University
18. Daryl Bagley Reserve American International College
19. Will Waguespack Reserve NOLA Gold Rugby
20. Devin Short Reserve San Diego Legion
21. Ethan McVeigh Reserve Old Mission Beach Athletic Club - Wallabies
22. Campbell Johnstone Reserve Mount St. Mary's University
23. Jack Bradfield Reserve Cleveland Westside Rovers

MEN'S JUNIOR ALL-AMERICAN STAFF | 2018 WORLD RUGBY TROPHY QUALIFIER
POSITION STAFF
Head Coach Scott Bracken
Assistant Coach Michael Engelbrecht
Assistant Coach Brendan O'Meara
Athletic Trainer Catherine Donahue
Team Manager Kevin McCorry
Director of Rugby JD Stephenson

MEN'S JUNIOR ALL-AMERICAN SCHEDULE | WORLD RUGBY TROPHY QUALIFIERS
v. Canada U20s
Tue, June 12 | 7 PM CT
Penberthy Playing Field (Texas A&M University)
Admission is free; small fee for parking

v. Canada U20s
Tue, June 16 | 3:30 PM CT
Intramural Field (Rice University)
Admission is free

USA U20 vs Austin Elite U23



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