Namibia tops Canada in Cup opener

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Lach­lan Cur­rie and Jake Thiel scored tries in a los­ing cause as Canada dropped a 31-16 de­ci­sion to Namibia at the World Rugby U20 Tro­phy 2017.

The eight-team tour­na­ment is a sec­ond-tier un­der-20 cham­pi­onship with the win­ner earn­ing pro­mo­tion to the elite World Rugby U20 Cham­pi­onship.

Namibia ran up a 12-0 lead and never trailed in rainy con­di­tions Tuesday at Es­ta­dio Char­rua, scor­ing five tries. Canada cut the lead to 12-8 at half­time. Will Kelly kicked two penal­ties for Canada.

Canada’s Ge­orge Bar­ton and Thiel were sent to the sin-bin in the sec­ond half.

“It was a tough day to­day,” said Canada coach Jeff Wil­liams. “We didn’t play to the con­di­tions, we made too many tech­ni­cal er­rors and with two yel­low cards, we were un­able to gen­er­ate any mo­men­tum.

“Credit to Namibia be­cause they stuck to their game plan and used the maul ef­fec­tively.”

Canada faces Ja­pan on Satur­day.

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