USA Rugby Men’s Junior All-Americans stormed back from a 0-21 deficit Saturday (May 26) to take out Canada’s Under 20s 34-28 at Bear Mountain Stadium in Langford. The USA swept the two match series.
With the Junior World Rugby Trophy kicking off on June 18 in Salt Lake City, USA Rugby will go into the tournament confident, battle-hardened, and not untested despite being undefeated.
Canada went up three tries to zero inside of 15 minutes on Saturday before the USA Rugby All-Americans kicked into gear, but three tries from winger Noah Tarrant, a brace from Pierce Dargan, and an inspired defense gave the JAAs the eventual hard fought win. The Canadians managed to score only once in the last 65 minutes of the game despite an early rash of tries.
Outstanding performances from Tarrant and Dargan helped the USA Rugby JAAs, but flyhalf playmaker and JAA captain Will Magie also helped create opportunities and pressure the Canadian defense.
That pressure built on Canada and came to a head when two Canadian players were yellow carded, giving USA Rugby a two-man advantage for the final ten minutes. That was when Dargan scored his second and put the All-Americans in the lead.
Overcoming deficits early in both of the games against Canada not only shows the USA’s ability to score points, it demonstrates a mentally tough and determined team, a positive sign moving towards the JWRT in June.
At the JWRT, the USA Rugby will face Tonga (June 18), Chile (June 22), and Russia (June 26) in pool play and will try to earn a place in the championship game on June 30.
USA Rugby Box Score:
Tries: Dargan(2), Tarrant(3)
Conversions: Hughes (3)
Tries: Stones, Ferguson, Hart, Fuilefau
USA Rugby pre-match team news
After defeating the Canada Under-20s 27-22 on Wednesday in the first of a two-match series, the USA Rugby Junior All-Americans will face their northern rivals again at Bear Mountain Stadium in Langford tonight (Saturday May 26).
Today’s game will kickoff at 8 p.m. MDT and will be webcast live on Sportscanada.tv.
The game will serve as a final tune up before the teams head to Salt Lake City for the 2012 Junior World Rugby Trophy from June 18-30.
A hat trick from Kingsley McGowan in the opening match helped notch a win in the series opener and the JAAs will look to sweep the series but more importantly, make sure the team is in a good place going into the JWRT.
Junior All-Americans vs. Canada | May 26, 2012 | Langford, B.C.
15 Madison Hughes (Dartmouth)
14 Pasefika Iosia (Belmont Shore)
13 So’e Tatafu (Snake River)
12 Kingsley McGowan (St. Mary’s College – California)
11 Noah Tarrant (Oceanside Hurricanes)
10 Will Magie* (Leeds University)
9 Alex Taefu (Tempe)
1 Vei Tomasi (Oakland Warthogs)
2 Cameron Falcon (Louisiana State)
3 Angus MacClellan (Davenport University)
4 Nick Barrett (Spearhead Academy)
5 Pierce Dargan (Trinity College – Dublin)
6 Tim O’Hara (Santa Clara)
7 Teli Veamatahau (Spearhead Academy)
8 Alex Goff (Arkansas State)
Casper Huizenga (Kutztown)
Khrys Speed (Bedford Academy)
Aladdin Schirmer (Central Washington)
Brendan Hardiman (San Francisco Golden Gate)
Nick Boyer (Cal)
Sione Letoi (Tempe)
Tanner Barnes (Central Washington)
Travis Whitlock (Back Bay)
USA Rugby Press Release 26 & 27 May 2012
Gavin Hickie, USA Rugby U20s Forwards Coach, is a former Ireland, Leinster and Leicester rugby player now based in California and taking rugby to the USA. He writes for RugbyMag.com and other publications when not coaching for Belmont Shore and blogging on lineoutcoach.com #busy