Wales U20s Down Canada at World Juniors
Thursday Jun 11, 2009 in Canada National Team - Men
Tokyo – The Wales U20 team took it to Canada at the Toshiba World Junior Championships Thursday, defeating the young North American team 51-15.
The Canadian team had its moments and made Wales work for it, but were ultimately outclassed.
Welsh wing James Loxton chipped past the defense in the fourth minute and ran onto the ball for the try to open the scoring. Wales went on to lead 25-0 before the Canadians found their rhythm and responded through the boot of captain Harry Jones as he slotted a penalty goal. The Canadian attack had all their cylinders running as they forced their way towards the Welsh try line.
Wales managed to counterattack, however, as captain Justin Tipuric broke the Canadian line for his second of three tries to have his side up 32-3 before the Canadians responded with force.
In the following restart the Canadian offence hammered the Welsh with some heavy tackling eventually winning a turnover that saw Sebastian Pearson barrel through his tacklers for Canada’s first try of the tournament.
The second half opened with Canada dominating much of the possession but failing to find an opening in the Welsh line. After a series of pick and drive phases, possession was turned over as Loxton touched down for his second try, in the 47th minute.
The Welsh went on to stretch their lead 51-8 before Canada was back on the attack. With their forward pack reinforced with fresh legs, Brett Beukeboom retained possession off a line out and the pack proceeded to maul their way towards Wales’ try line. Substitute Andrew Crow would eventually claim the five points as skipper Harry Jones capped off the impressive effort with a conversion off the upright.
Canada coach Tim Murdy said that his team had improved much since their loss to Australia.
“They’ll be a little bit disappointed that they gave away a few soft tries unfortunately,” Murdy said. “But there was a lot of improvement in a number of areas and we’re looking to build upon that going into our third match against Tonga.”
“Obviously it was a tough game out there but it was good to finish on a high note with that maul to score at the end,” said team captain Harry Jones. “That will give us a bit of a go ahead against Tonga and that’s our goal now - to come in the top ten.”
Canada will face off against Tonga in the final match of Pool D on Saturday June 13 at Best Amenity Stadium to keep their hopes of that top ten finish alive.
Try: Sebastian Pearson, Andrew Crow
Penalty: Harry Jones
Conversion: Harry Jones
Tries: James Loxton (2), Simon Gardiner, Justin Tipuric (3), Rhys Downes
Conversions: Matthew Jarvis (5)
Penalties: Matthew Jarvis (2)
1. Nick Wallace (St. Mary’s College/Bellingham, WA)
2. Jamal Allen (University of Victoria/Vancouver, BC)
3. Justin Chelak (University of Victoria/Vancouver, BC)
4. Josh Schlebach (University of Calgary, Calgary Irish/Calgary, AB)
5. Dakota Poole (Kelowna Crows/Whitefish Montana, BC)
6. Jeff McKinnon (Capilano/North Vancouver, BC)
7. Sebastian Pearson (Lindsay Gryphons, Leicester Tigers/Lindsay, ON)
8. Brett Beukeboom (University of Victoria, Lindsay Gryphons/Lindsay, ON)
9. Kyle Armstrong (Truro College, Ajax Wanderers/Whitby,ON)
10. Harry Jones (University of British Columbia, Capilano/West Vancouver, BC)
11. Grant Schneider (McMaster University, Oakville Crusaders/Oakville, ON)
12. Taylor Dalziel (University of British Columbia/Vancouver, BC)
13. Aaron Johnstone (Capilano/Bowen Island, BC)
14. Will Philippson (University of British Columbia/Duncan, BC)
15. Jordan Wilson-Ross (Alliston Timberwolves/Alliston, ON)
16. Evan Mallory (University of Victoria/North Vancouver, BC) for Jamal Allen at 51 mins
17. Richard Townsend (Hartpury College, Glouster Academy/ Herefordshire, ENG) for Justin Chelak at 57 mins
18. Jesse Kliman (University of Western Ontario/Victoria, BC) for Josh Schlebach at 41:00 mins
19. Andrew Crow (University of Western Ontario/Victoria, BC) for Sebastian Pearson at 57 mins
20. Pat Fraser (University of Victoria/Cobble Hill, BC) for Kyle Armstrong at 66 mins
21. Chris Dickenson (McMaster University, Oakville Crusaders/Oakville, ON) for Taylor Dalziel at 51 mins
22. Conor Trainor (Western, UBCOB Ravens/Vancouver, BC) for Grant Schneider at 47 mins
Head Coach: Tim Murdy
Assistant Coach: Ian Hyde-Lay
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Joe McCullum
Manager: Brian Hunter
Medical: Ben Suen, Dr. Andre du Toit
Video Analyst/Media Manager: Andrew Smith
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