Chile edge out Canada for fifth place

(IRB.COM) Saturday 30 June 2012
 Chile edge out Canada for fifth place
Scrum-half Juan Pablo Larenas in action for Chile during his side's victory over Canada in Salt Lake City. Photo: David Brinton

Chile finished the Junior World Rugby Trophy strong by beating Canada 43-31 in the fifth/sixth-place game at Murray Rugby Park. Five different players scored tries for the Condors as they finished the tournament with two wins and two losses.

The game started with Canada on the offensive, scoring on their first possession. Connor McCann spilt the uprights to take a 3-0 advantage. That lead – the Canadians’ only one of the match – lasted just one minute as Chile punched in two quick tries. Matias Nordenflycht scored his third try of the tournament, barrelling through Canada's defence to score one between the posts the hard way.

Just three minutes later, Raimundo Santibanez latched on to a great off-load by Tomas Ianiszewski and went over to score. The Condors' fly-half Francisco Urroz converted both kicks to help Chile take a 14-3 lead.

Urroz later missed a penalty, but made up for it by taking one on himself and kicking in a penalty just before half-time for a 22-10 lead at the break. It would have been more, but Chile squandered two breakouts when the try line beckoned.

The Condors took a commanding 20-point lead in the second half after winger Pablo Casas scored down the left sideline in the 49th minute.

But Canada looked good in stretches as they got tries from Connor McCann, Taylor Paris, Cam Stones and Mike Dalsin, never letting Chile stretch too far ahead. Those scores got the Canucks within striking distance, 37-31, with five minutes left. Paris finished the tournament with five tires – second best in the tournament.

But Chile were too strong. Late second-half scores by Gustavo Carrasco – a try in the 59th minute – and Jose Tomas Baraona (two penalty conversion) kept the game on ice.

Canada finished the tournament 1-3 with their lone win coming against Russia.