USA Men’s U20s concede finale of Trophy Qualifiers 5-23 to Canada U20s

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SHAWNIGAN LAKE, B.C. – The USA Men’s U20s fell to Canada U20s 5-23 in the finale of the World Rugby Trophy Qualifier series. Canada will represent North America at the main tournament held in Brazil next month.

Head Coach Scott Bracken said: “The guys worked very hard and gave it their all. We did the best we could with what we had. I am very proud of our athletes.”

The Canadians applied masterful pressure from the very beginning, particularly in the scrum, capitalizing on mistakes by the United States to keep their phases in attack more productive. With challenges in ball handling and penalties drawn in crucial moments, the USA U20s were stopped from crossing the goal line on many occasions.

Canada scored nine of their 23 points on penalty goals, with their only two tries coming in the first thirteen minutes of the match.

The Americans fell further behind in the 18th minute when Chase Jones drew a yellow card, despite applying valiant effort to spread their numbers and keep the Canadians back.

While Canada’s U20s were the more dominant team, the United States had a promising five-minute standoff in the second half which saw them put the Canadians on their toes.

In the 57th minute, the U.S. made it into the try zone but were held up; and from the scrum, Captain Bailey Wilson charged into the Candian defense and almost made it over the line. Stopped two meters short, the Americans continued to threaten until Canada drew a yellow card and the USA were given an advantage. Following another Canadian penalty and a few more phases, the attack stayed alive and Alex Lopeti crossed the goal line in the 62nd minute to end the shutout.

With Canada winning the berth in the U20 trophy on an aggregate score of 38-67, the United States will head home and focus their efforts on next season.

For more information about the USA Under-20s, click here. 

USA MEN’S U20s ROSTER

PLAYER NAME POSITION CLUB/COLLEGE
1. Jack Wiles Prop St. Bonaventure University
2. Jack Manzo Hooker University of California, Berkeley
3. Jared Miller Prop Life University
4. Sam Golla Lock University of California, Berkeley
5. Asa Carter Lock Arkansas State
6. Chase Jones Flanker St. Mary’s College of California
7. Miles McCormick Flanker OMBAC
8. Bailey Wilson (C) No 8 Utah Valley University
9. Ethan McVeigh Scrumhalf Cardiff Metropolitan University
10. Mike Weir Flyhalf Dartmouth College
11. Jasper Green Wing Dartmouth College
12. Lauina Falatea Center USA Sevens Residency Program
13. Jack Wendling Center Central Washington University
14. Ryan James Wing San Diego Legion
15. Sam Walsh Fullback University of California, Berkeley

USA MEN’S U20s RESERVES

PLAYER POSITION CLUB/SCHOOL
16. Braden Looper Reserve University of Arizona
17. Doug Mitchell Reserve Central Washington University
18. Alex Lopeti Reserve Life West Gladiators
19. Matt Gelhaus Reserve Kutztown
20. Chris Noggle Reserve Santa Barbara Academy
21. Jeff Peleseuma-Breiz Reserve San Francisco Golden Gate
22. Inoke Waqavesi Reserve USA Sevens Residency Program
23. Cole Semu Reserve BYU
24. Will Vakalahi Reserve DC Old Glory
25. Luke Freeman Reserve University of California, Berkeley
26. Jake Christmann Reserve Utah Warriors

USA MEN’S U20S STAFF

Head Coach | Scott Bracken
Assistant Coach, Attack | Brendan O’Meara
Assistant Coach, Defense | Michael Engelbrecht
Assistant Coach, Set Piece | Liam Harnett
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Michael Smith
Athletic Trainer | Santiago Aquirre
Performance Analyst | Jake Sullivan
Operations Manager | Kevin McCorry

WORLD RUGBY TROPHY QUALIFIER SERIES

Streamed LIVE on Rugby Canada’s Facebook Page

vs Canada U20s | 33-44 (L)

vs Canada U20s | 5-23 (L)

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