Canada U20 lose a thriller by one point to Tonga

Contributed Article: Pat Parfrey
Rugby 15s U20 Men

 Canada U20 lost to Tonga U20 by 26-25 in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil at the World Trophy. Nonetheless Canada gained 2 bonus points because they scored 4 tries and were beaten by less than 8 points. 

In the first 30 minutes Tonga scored 3 tries through excellent broken field having turned over Canada’s possession. As Will Percillier had kicked a penalty after 12 minutes the score was 21-3 and the outlook was ominous. However the Canadian forwards took over the rest of the half and engineered a try by Nick Carson, converted by Percillier just before the break.

Early In the second half Tonga extended their lead by 5 points following a long break and again Canada fought their way back from a deficit of 16 points scoring tries at 48 minutes by Michael McCarthy from a driving line out ,by Reid Davis at 76 minutes following a multi-phase attack from a scrum, and by Will Matthews at 79 minutes following a long and brilliant series of attacks from the restart. All 3 converts were missed leaving Canada deflated despite a strong performance, particularly in the last 10 minutes.

“We played well particularly in the forwards," commented head coach Jeff Williams. "Tonga’s strong defense and open field running was impressive, but we are disappointed that our wholehearted effort was not rewarded with a win. We are not out of it yet because of the 2 bonus points, but we are now dependent on Portugal beating Tonga on July 17 to advance to the final."

Canada’s most influential players were Tyler Rowland, whose power scrummaging caused chaos, the Work horse in  tight play Tyler Duguid, athletic and active Nick Carson at number 8, accurate kicker and passer Brock Webster, and the elusive wing David Richard.

The following substitutions were made
1.Stefan Zuliani for Josh Tweed at 50 minutes.
2.Reid Davis for Frank Carson at 50minutes.
3.Jared Augustin for Michael McCarthy at 55 minutes.
4.Lockie Kratz for Quinn Ngawati at 56 minutes.
5.Guerschom Mukendi for Tyler Rowland at 63 minutes.
6. Siaki Vikalani for Quentin James at 67 minutes.
7. Thomas Isherwood for Avery Oiteman at 70 minutes.
8. Antoine de la Fontaine for Brock Webster at 72 minutes

Canada’s next game will be on Saturday July 13 at 4pm EST/ 1pm PST against Portugal which will be streamed on


Canada's Roster:

Antoine de la Fontaine, Sherbrooke Abenakis, QC
Avery Oitomen, Toronto Arrows, Ontario
Brock Webster, Oshawa Vikings, Ontario
David Carson, UBC, BC
David Richard, Mississauga Blues, Ontario
Frank Carson, UBC, BC
Gabriel Casey, U Victoria, Ontario
Guerschom Mukendi, Stoney Creek RFC, Ontario
Jack Carson, Castaway Wanderers, BC
Jared Augustin, Queens U, Ontario
Jarvis Dashkewytch, U Victoria, BC
Josh Tweed, UBC, BC.
Lachlan Kratz, U Victoria, BC
Mason Flesch, James Bay AA, Ontario
Michael McCarthy, Swilers RFC, Newfoundland
Nick Carson, U Victoria, BC
Quentin James, Stade Francais, BC
Quinn Ngawati, Westshore RFC, BC
Reid Davis, James Bay AA, BC
Siaki Vikilani, Burnaby RFC, BC
Stefan Zuliani, Queens U, Ontario
Thomas Isherwood, Westshore RFC, Alberta
Tyler Duguid, Edmonton Nor’westers, Alberta
Tyler Rowland, UBC, Ontario
Will Matthews, Beaconsfield RFC, QC
Will Percillier, Stade Francais, BC -Captain


Canada's Schedule:

July 9

Canada vs Tonga

11am ET/ 8am PT

July 13

Canada vs Portugal 

4pm ET/ 1pm PT

July 17

Canada vs Hong Kong

11am ET/ 8am PT


July 21

U20 Trophy Finals