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Junior World Rugby Trophy: USA pre-match report from USA Rugby
Junior All-Americans named to face gritty Chile team on second day of Junior World Rugby Trophy.
After a thrilling win over a very talented Tonga U20s side on the opening day of the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy Monday, the USA Junior All-Americans have set their sights on their next opponent, Chile.
USA Head Coach, Scott Lawrence, has made four changes to the team he named in the opener as Auckland University’s Henry Hall, Cal’s Nick Boyer, Central Washington’s Aladdin Schirmer, and Glendale’s Iniki Fa’amausili make the starting 15.
The front row that performed so well against Tonga sees one change as Hall gets the nod. The front row will have their hands full with their very big and scrappy Chilean counterparts. The American loose forwards will also be tested by Chile, but proved against Tonga that they are up to the challenge.
Captain Will Magie will once again lead the side at flyhalf and has been working well with his centers. Workhorse Tanner Barnes and flyer Tua Laei will look to attack midfield and put Chile under pressure.
The star of the day in the opener, Madison Hughes, who led the way with a try and four penalties, gets the start at fullback and his wings are Kingsley McGowan and Fa’amausili. McGowan was a danger man and Fa’amausili is no slouch himself. Both of those players and crack a defense wide open if given the space.
As for the opposition, Magie’s opposite number, Jose Tomas Baraona, had a strong game against Russia in Chile’s opener proving he was lethal with the boot. The difference in Chile’s win was the forwards, so if the USA can muscle up and contain the Chilean pack, it could well disrupt Baraona and his backs.
Junior World Rugby Trophy Day 2 Build Up
USA Junior All-Americans v. Chile | Junior World Rugby Trophy 2012
15 Madison Hughes (Dartmouth)
14 Kingsley McGowan (St. Mary’s College of California)
13 Tanner Barnes (Central Washington)
12 Tua Laei (BYU)
11 Iniki Fa’amausili (Glendale Raptors)
10 Will Magie (Leeds University)
9 Nick Boyer (Cal)
1 Travis Whitlock (Back Bay)
2 Cameron Falcon (Louisiana State)
3 Henry Hall (Auckland University)
4 Nick Barrett (Spearhead Academy)
5 Pierce Dargan (Trinity College)
6 Aladdin Schirmer (Central Washington)
7 Alex Goff (Arkansas State)
8 Tim O’Hara (Claremont College)
16 Angus MacClellan (Davenport)
17 Mike Te’o (Belmont Shore)
18 Teli Veamatahau (Metropolis)
19 Glen Thommes (Delaware)
20 Alex Taefu (Tempe)
21 Eakalafi Okuisi (Cal)
22 Pasefika Iosia (Belmont Shore)
Junior World Rugby Trophy Results: Day 2 from IRB.com
Junior World Rugby Trophy: USA 54-25 Chile
Home team USA sits on top of Pool A and is now in pole position to qualify for its second Junior World Rugby Trophy final after a 54-25 win over a fancied Chile side at Murray Rugby Park, Salt Lake City.
Madison Hughes continued his remarkable run in the Under 20s tournament with another outstanding performance, scoring 35 of the United States’ points.
“I was pretty happy with my performance, my team-mates set me up well. I came up on the score sheet, but it was a total team effort that scored the tries,” he said.
Winger Kingsley McGowan and centre Tua Laei, who went to school just 15 minutes away from Murray Park Rugby, also scored tries in the first half.
It didn’t take long for the Eagles to get on the scoreboard as Hughes converted his first of five penalties in the first minute. Just five minutes later the Dartmouth College star was on the board again, this time as a try scorer, putting the US up 8-0. The United States continued to look sharp in the first half, scoring 36 points while holding the Condors to just two Jose Tomas Baraona penalties.
Chile tried to make a game of in the second half as Mario Mayol and Matias Nordenflycht found the try zone but American reserves Mike Te’o and Pasefika Iosia also scored late tries to complete the rout.
Junior World Rugby Trophy: Tonga 62-7 Russia
After losing to the Americans in Round One, Tonga registered its first victory of the Junior World Rugby Trophy tournament so far with a 62-7 demolition of Russia.
It was the Hosea Saumaki show for Tonga as the Sea Eagles rolled by the overmatched Russians. The winger scored a hat-trick of tries, mostly on long, impressive gallops through the Russia defence.
Tonga scrum-half Taniela Vakauta opened the scoring by capitalising on a Russian mistake inside its own 22. His try in the 12th minute made it 5-0. From there, Saumaki and Teaupa took turns breaking off long runs through Russia an into the try zone. The Sea Eagles built up a 31-0 lead by half-time.
The Bears, for some long stretches did slow down the Tongan attack, and did manage a few serious attacks on the tournament’s top-seeded team. Substitute back Denis Barabantsev broke up the shutout in the 60th minute with a short run through Tonga’s left wing.
But Tonga, cheered on by a supportive and partisan JWRT crowd, continued to pour on the offence in the second half. Saumaki scored two more tries before fly-half Amanaki Leaatoa put his name on the score sheet. Siaosi Manu and Manase Folau also scored tries for the Sea Eagles.
Junior World Rugby Trophy: Japan 38-35 Canada
The Brave Blossoms proved to be the cardiac kids for the second straight game, beating Canada 38-35 in another Junior World Rugby Trophy thriller. After a narrow, wild win over Zimbabwe on Monday, Japan held on to knock off a talented Canadian side.
Five different players scored for Japan, led by flanker Hayato Nishiuchi, who ran in two. The Brave Blossoms had to rally for the second straight game to stay undefeated in Pool B, but the Canadians built a 28-17 second-half lead on Andrew Ferguson’s and Connor McCann’s tries in the 48th and 54th minutes.
Japan quickly fought back by using quick passing to get inside the 22 on three consecutive attacks. Each time the Brave Blossoms reached the try zone on runs by Kengo Kitagawa, Nishiuchi and Raiko Katsuki, giving them a 38-28 lead.
The Canadians made the final minutes tense by blocking a Japanese kick and running it for a try by Andrew Ferguson to narrow the deficit to three.
The first half featured each team punching and counterpunching. Canada fly-half McCann took a great pass from Taylor Paris in the 15th minute to give the Canucks a 7-0 lead.
Japan quickly tied the match on a great individual effort by Hayato Nishiuchi. The flanker broke through after a scrum near the 22 and later finished off the play by diving over the line off the ruck.
Canada retook the lead when Paris this time was the recipient of a nice pace from Clayton Meeres. Japan quickly cut into the Canucks’ seven-point advantage with a well-taken penalty. Just five minutes later, the Brave Blossoms’ Shinya Osugi punched the ball into the try zone in the 34th minute to take a 17-14 lead.
The Lelos improved on their already impressive victory of Canada with a 43-7 dismantling of the Sables in the first game of Match Day 2 play.
Georgia inside centre Levan Gogolashvili scored three tries to lead his team to an impressive result. The Lelos stayed atop to the Pool B table and will face also undefeated Japan on Tuesday.
Georgia broke the game wide open with a succession of three tries in less than a quarter hour. Lelos backs Gogolashvili, Giga Gagoshvili and Merab Sharikadze all scored tries down the left touchline.
Junior World Rugby Trophy: Georgia Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe, who nearly knocked off Japan in Junior World Rugby Trophy tournament’s first match, started the second half much more brightly. Despite giving up Gogolashvili’s second, the Sables were on the front foot for most of the first 20 minutes, getting on the board thanks to Andries Van Heerden’s try in the 53rd minute.
But that was as close as Zimbabwe would get as Gogolashvili completed the hat-trick to extend the lead to 38-7. Moments later the Sables’ captain Sean Linfield limped off with a left-leg injury and then Georgia wrapped up the rout with at try by Zura Dzneladze.
Junior World Rugby Trophy Fixtures
Junior World Rugby Trophy Day 3: Tuesday 26 June 2012
12:00 Canada v Zimbabwe
14:00 Japan v Georgia
16:00 Tonga v Chile
18:00 USA v Russia
Junior World Rugby Trophy Day 4: Saturday 30 June 2012
7th Place Play-off = 12:00 4th A v 4th B
5th Place Play-off = 14:00 3rd A v 3rd B
3rd Place Play-off = 16:00 2nd A v 2nd B
Final = 18:00 1st A v 1st B
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Gavin Hickie, USA Rugby U20s Forwards Coach, is a former Ireland A & 7s, 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