Canada will play in Sunday’s U20 World Rugby Trophy Final

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Extra time Guiseppe Du Toit penalty kick seals 13-11 defeat of Tonga for Canada to remain undefeated at Under-20 World Rugby Trophy in Lisbon, Portugal
 
LISBON, PORTUGAL – Canada will play in Sunday’s U20 World Rugby Trophy Final after beating Tonga 13-11 thanks to a last minute Guiseppe Du Toit penaltyWednesday at the Estadio Universitario in Lisbon, Portugal.

 

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Trailing 11-10 heading into extra time, Canada broke from their own half and patiently powered forward until reaching the try line but were ultimately held up. From the resulting scrum, Canada briefly lost possession but Karsten Leitner scooped up the loose ball to keep the Canadian attack going and after a number of phases a penalty was called against Tonga for not rolling away, setting up Du Toit to kick the game-winner.
 
“I was trying to think about it as any kick in practice,” Du Toit said. “I’ve done it before so I had the confidence. I had the same chance against the USA and a few in high school so they helped me calm down and focus.” 
 
Canada also got first half tries from Theo Sauder and Ollie Nott. They will now face Georiga in the final. Kick off is at 12pm ET / 9am PT and will be streamed LIVE at http://www.fpr.pt
 
Canada headed into Wednesday’s clash knowing they had to win to make the final as despite both teams winning their opening two games, Tonga had picked up an additional bonus point. Tonga jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as fly half Patelesio One’One converted a close ranged chance.
 
It didn’t take long for Canada to grab the lead however as winger Theo Sauder mazed through the Tongan defence on a 50m solo try that saw him skipping past would be tacklers. One’One would miss a long distance penalty in the 22nd minute as Tonga continued to build momentum but Canada continued to deny the Tongans inside the 22 with a number of key tackles.
 
“We had to be up with them and tackle low and I think we did that,” Du Toit said. “We needed that extra tenacity from everyone and commitment to achieving our goal of going four-for-four in the tournament.” 
 
Canada would then capitalize on its own attacking opportunities as Ollie Nott touched down in the corner after patient buildup play right on half time.
 

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The second half began in similar fashion to the first — Canada held up a would be try scorer on the try line but prop Vunipola Fifita would crash over in the 44th minute to cut the lead to 10-8 after One’One couldn’t hit the conversion.
 
Despite having one less player after Fangatua Taimikovi was sinbinned, Tonga took the lead in the 67th minute when One’One converted on a short penalty.
 
Canada had the chance to regain the lead in the 71st minute but Dylan Horgan was unable to convert a penalty. Canada’s defence came up big again in the 74th minute as they once again held up a Tongan attack on the goal line before Du Toit calmly slotted home the winning penalty.
 
“We have gone seven-for-seven and our goal is eight-for-eight,” Du Toit said. “We have confidence but there is still work to do.”
 
Canada’s Squad for Wednesday’s match vs. Tonga
 
1 – Brendan Blaikie – (Queen’s University/Markham Irish) Markham, ON
2 – Patrick Finlay – (Trinity University) Dublin, Ireland
3 – Matt Tierney – (Mississauga Blues) Oakville, ON
4 – Paul Cuilini – (Aurora Barbarians) Vaughan, ON
5 – Reegan O’Gorman (Christchurch Marist Albion) Vancouver, BC 
6 – Lucas Rumball – Captain (Balmy Beach) Scarborough, ON 
7 – Ollie Nott – (UVIC Vikes) Qualicum, BC
8 – Luke Bradley – (UVIC Vikes/Port Alberni Black Sheep) Port Alberni, BC
9 – Daniel Joyce – (Trinity University) Dublin, Ireland
10 -Dylan Horgan – (UCC Rugby Club) Cork, Ireland
11 – Karsten Leitner – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
12 – Guiseppe du Toit – (UVIC Vikes) Maple Ridge, BC
13 – Phil Berna – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
14 – Theo Sauder – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
15 – Andrew Coe – (UBC Thunderbirds/Markham Irish) Markham, ON
16 – John Shaw – (Bytown Blues) Ottawa, ON
17 – Cali Martinez – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC 
18 – Conor Young – (Southern Districts RC) Sydney, Australia
19 – Adrian Wadden – (Oakville Crusaders) Mississauga, ON
20 – Mitch Rothman – (Vancouver Rowing Club) Vancouver, BC
21 – Owen Brombal – (Guelph Redcoats) Guelph, ON
22 –  Harjun Gill – (UBC Thunderbirds/Richmond RFC) Richmond, BC
 
Canada’s World Rugby U20 Trophy 2015 Match Schedule
 
May 12 — Canada 35 – 20 Namibia
May 16 — Canada 24 – 15 Hong Kong
May 20 — Canada 13 – 11 Tonga
 
May 24 – Play-Off Schedule 
 
7th Place Play-Off – Portugal vs. Hong Kong – 11 a.m. local time (3 a.m. PT/6 a.m. ET)
5th Place Play-Off – Fiji vs. Namibia – 1 p.m. local time (5 a.m. PT/8 a.m. ET)
3rd Place Play-Off – Urugauy vs. Tonga – 3 p.m. local time (7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET)
Final – Canada vs. Georgia – 5 p.m. local time (9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET)

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