Blaine, Minn. – The USA Rugby AIG Men’s Junior All-Americans fell to Canada’s U20s for the second timein a week Saturday with a 32-19 loss at the National Sports Center in Blaine. The match concluded a week of rugby hosted by Minnesota Youth Rugby.
Head Coach Jason Kelly said his team needed more intensity after the 26-16 loss on Wednesday, May 8. Unfortunately, Canada took an early 13-0 lead with a Jake Webster try and Shane O’Leary drop goal and penalty.
The MJAAs held possession better in the second match than the first, but had trouble converting inside their opponent’s 22. Canada’s Pat Kay extended the lead to 20-0 before the MJAAs got on the scoreboard a few minutes later to cut the deficit to 20-7. With three men down, the MJAAs gave up another try to bring the halftime score to 27-7.
Canada’s Jordan Harvey added the final score for his team in the opening minutes of the second half. O’Leary led the border rivals with 12 points from conversions, a penalty and the drop goal. Though the MJAAs added two more tries and one conversion, it was not enough to make a comeback.
Kelly’s troops will convene later this month in Atlanta for a pre-Junior World Rugby Championship camp. The JWRC will be held in Paris in early June.
AIG Men's Junior All-Americans | vs. Canada U20s
AIG Men's Junior All-Americans | vs. Canada
Tries: Falcon, Brown
Conversions: Bourke, Audsley