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Canada U20s Down Uruguay

Wednesday Jun 17, 2009 in Canada Age Grade - Boys

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(No. 8 Andrew Crow muscles ahead)

Canada recorded their first win in this year’s IRB TOSHIBA Junior World Championship by beating Uruguay 29-11 at the Mizuho Rugby Ground in Nagoya, Japan Wednesday.

The result means Canada will now face Italy, who beat Japan 21-15, in the 13th place play-off on Sunday.

Fullback Jordan Wilson-Ross was the outstanding player on the park and made a major contribution with his speed and he spearheaded the Canadian attack and capped his performance with a second half try.

The early exchanges were even with both sides enjoying a series of possession and territory, but it was Canada who got the scoreboard ticking over first after 14 minutes.

Canada controlled their own set piece before flanker Jesse Kliman profited from his fellow forwards’ work to give them a 5-0 lead. Captain Harry Jones however, who was playing at fly half, failed with the conversion.

Another exchange of possession ensued until the 34th minute when Chris Barrett received the ball on the wing and did extremely well to cross in the corner for Canada’s second and give them a 10-0 lead.

Uruguay finally turned some of their possession into points when fly half German Albanell slotted over a penalty. But Canada increased their lead on the stroke of half time when centre Aaron Johnstone crossed the line – this time Jones added the extras to make it 17-3.

In the second Uruguay started the strongest and reduced the deficit to 17-11 thanks to replacement Federico Brancato. First he was on hand to score a penalty before assisting full back Martin Etcheverry to score after 49 minutes.

Brancato began to demand the ball and could have reduced the deficit to three points but failed with a drop goal attempt and they had another chance to score when Rodrigo Martinez kicked a loose ball over the Canada line, only for the defence to get their first, and this was to be the last chance they had.

Canada resumed control, despite losing Kliman to the sin bin, and Wilson-Ross crossed to all but seal the win at 22-11 before Grant Schneider intercepted a pass to add five more points – Jones making it seven with the conversion.

The newcomers fought until the last second, but the difference in the first half was too much and the Teritos will now play in the 15th place play-off.

 “We were bouncing back from a difficult loss against Tonga, but the boys accepted this challenge and played some good rugby today,” said Canada head coach Tim Murdy. “We made it hard on ourselves and Uruguay played very physically as we expected. It’s a good result and the boys are going to enjoy this one.”

 “It’s more about the mistakes we made than the way Canada played today,” added Uruguay head coach Bruno Grunwaldt. “Now we have to prepare our mental side and try to keep working. There is no other way.”
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