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LISBON, PORTUGAL – Canada’s quest for their first U20 World Rugby Trophy ended in disappointment Sunday as they lost to Georgia 49-24 at the Estadio Universitario in Lisbon, Portugal.
Georgia’s pack proved to be the difference as they overpowered Canada’s front eight en route to scoring seven tries. Luke Bradley scored twice for Canada while Lucas Rumball also added a try. Dylan Horgan converted all three tries and also added a second half penalty.
Canada began the game on the back foot but managed to weather Georgia’s attacking prowess for the first 15 minutes but finally gave up the opening try of the game when Mikheil Babunashvili drove over the line from a lineout. Giorgi Melikidze made it 12-0 when he scored off a driving maul from another lineout after 27 minutes.
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Georgia would tack on two more tries through Giorgi Kveseladze and Tornike Zoidze to build a 24-0 lead before Canada got on the scoreboard as Rumball collected a loose ball from the kickoff and crashed over in the 37th minute. Horgan would add the conversion to give Canada some momentum heading into the second half.
Revaz Jinchvelashvili and Horgan would trade penalties to open the second half before Georgia scored two tries in the space of three minutes to push their lead to 39-10.
Canada responded as Bradley crashed over the line for his first try of the game but Jinchvelashvili would get in on the try-scoring by chipping over the Canadian defence and touching down to make it 46-17.
Bradley would add his second try in the 64th minute before Jinchvelashvili completed the scoring with his fourth penalty.
By finishing second, Canada matches its best ever finish in the tournament. They also finished second in 2013.
Canada’s Squad for Sunday’s final vs. Georgia
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 – Adrian Wadden – (Oakville Crusaders) Mississauga, ON
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 – Owen Brombal – (Guelph Redcoats) Guelph, ON
20 – Mitch Rothman – (Vancouver Rowing Club) Vancouver, BC
21 – Tony Pomroy – (Baymen RFC) Conception Bay South, NL
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
Final – Canada 24-49 Georgia