Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - Submitted by RC Communications
Team Canada earned the right to face two-time defending champion Argentina Tuesday night at Langford's Westhill Stadium, defeating the US 23-3 while Argentina took the measure of Uruguay 21-10.
Canada opened up their tournament with a win over Uruguay, while Argentina downed the US. The US and Uruguay will meet in Saturday's opening game at 5:30pm, while the championship game goes at 7:30pm and is almost assured to be a sell out crowd. The Canadian team was lead by kicker, Connor Braid with two penalties and one conversion. It was the fourth and fifth penalty goals of the tournament for Braid. Canadian tries scored by Jordan Wilson-Ross and Clayton Meeres. Canada's other points came late in the first half on a penalty try. The US lone points came early in the first half, when a forty yard penalty goal by Zachary Pangelinan.
Canadian Coach Kieran Crawley was disappointed in his team's first half play, saying "We simply turned the ball over to much, unforced errors and they hurt us." About the championship game with Argentina he said "We're excited to be in this position, we'll take a look at things. It's basically a one game winner take all and we hope its us."
Canada had the game won at halftime 13-3 due to penalty goals, by Braid and a seldom awarded penalty try when the referee ruled the US scrum purposely collapsed on the goal line, Braid kicked the ensuing conversion.
As the crowd of 2,273 looked on, Wilson-Ross took a pass from captain Tyler Ardron for Canada's first try, 20 min into the second half. And then Wilson-Ross 3 minutes later passed to Clayton Meeres for their second try.
Two yellow cards were handed out in the second half: Meeres got 10 minutes for rough tackling a man in the air, and the US's John Quill got his yellow for pulling the hair of Wilson Ross and pulling him to the ground.
Penalty Try, Jordan Wilson-Ross, Clayton Meeres
Connor Braid x2
CANADA ROSTER 1. CREAG JOHNSTON, Ontario Blues 2. RAY BARKWILL, Ontario Blues 3. DOUG WOOLDRIDGE, Ontario Blues 4. AARON FLAGG, Pacific Tyee 5. JON PHELAN, The Rock 6. TONI WODZICKI, The Rock 7. ALISTAIR CLARK, Ontario Blues 8. TYLER ARDRON, Ontario Blues (C) 9. KYLE ARMSTRONG, Ontario Blues 10. LIAM UNDERWOOD, Ontario Blues 11. CLAYTON MEERES, Pacific Tyee 12. PATRICK PARFREY, The Rock 13. NICK BLEVINS, Prairie Wolfpack 14. JORDAN WILSON-ROSS, Ontario Blues 15. CONNOR BRAID, Pacific Tyee
16. OWEN PARFREY, The Rock 17. HUBERT BUYDENS, Praire Wolfpack 18. JACOB RUMBALL, Ontario Blues 19. CHRIS LONG, Prairie Wolfpack 20. SEB PEARSON, Ontario Blues 21. ZAC COUGHLIN, The Rock 22. PAT KAY, Pacific Tyee 23. JOSH HART, Prairie Wolfpack
USA ROSTER 1. NICHOLAS WALLACE 2. STAN MOAALII 3. TONY PURPURA 4. NICHOLAS CIVETTA 5. GRAHAM HARRIMAN 6. TAYLOR MOKATE 7. JOHN QUILL 8. CAM DOLAN (C) 9. SHAUN DAVIES 10. GEAROID MCDONALD 11. CHRIS CHAPMAN 12. JACK TRACY 13. DEAN GERICKE 14. MILES CRAIGWELL 15. ZACHARY PANGELINAN
16. ZACHARY FENOGLIO 17. TIM PAULSEN 18. NOT SELECTED 19. KRIS HEADLEE 20. ERIC DUECHLE 21. BENNY MATEIALONA 22. CASEY CLARK 23. JOE COWLEY
MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Juan Sylvestre (Argentina) Assistant Referee: Joaquin Montes (Uruguay) Assistant Referee: Chris Assmus (Canada) #4 Match Official: Karen Lozada (Canada) #5 Match Official: Kai Taylor (Canada) #6 Match Official/Scorer: George Van (Canada)