Canada in position to de-thrown rugby champs

Team Canada will face two-time defending champion Argentina on Saturday after defeating the U.S., 23-3, while Argentina took the measure of Uruguay, 21-10, on Tuesday.

Canada opened its tournament at Langford’s Westhill Stadium with a win over Uruguay, while Argentina downed the U.S.. The U.S. and Uruguay will meet in Saturday’s opening game at 5:30 pm, while the championship game goes at 7:30pm and is almost assured to be a sellout 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 U.S. lone points came early in the first half from a 40-yard penalty goal by Zachary Pangelinan.

Canadian coach Kieran Crowley was disappointed in his team’s first half play. “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 it’s us.”

Canada was in control of the game, largely due to penalty goals that gave the team a 13-3 lead at the half. Braid kicked the penalty calls and a conversion from a seldom called penalty try awarded to Canada when the referee ruled the US scrum purposely collapsed on the goal line.

As the crowd of 2,273 looked on, Wilson-Ross took a pass from captain and McMaster Marauder Tyler Ardron for Canada’s first try, 20 minutes into the second half. Three minutes later, Wilson-Ross passed to Clayton Meeres for Canada’s 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 U.S.’s John Quill got his yellow for pulling the hair of Wilson Ross and yanking him to the ground.