Canucks finish on a high note

Canada finished their tour of New Zealand on a high by recording a 16-13 win over New Zealand Under-21 in Rotorua on Thursday.

Having lost 64-13 to the All Blacks last weekend, Canada made 13 changes for this, the last of their tour games, and their so-called ‘second-string’ side recorded a morale-boosting victory.

The Canucks took an eight point lead into the half time break thanks to a try from hard working number eight Mike Webb to add to an earlier penalty.

Midway through the second half, with the score 8-6, Canada prop Kevin Tkachuk seemed to have given his side some breathing space with another try but the New Zealand youngsters never gave in. They were rewarded for their efforts when Ben Smith crossed late on, with Lachie Munro’s conversion drawing the sides level.

However, Canada replacement wing James Pritchard won the game in injury time with a well-struck penalty to give the Canadians’ their only win of the tour.

The scorers:

For New Zealand U21:
Try: Smith
Con: Munro
Pens: Slade 2

For Canada:
Tries: Webb, Tkachuk
Pens: Munro, Pritchard

The teams:

New Zealand U21: 15 George Pisi, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Daniel Bowden, 11 Lance MacDonald, 10 Colin Slade, 9 David Bason, 8 Chris Lowrey, 7 George Whitelock (c), 6 Faifili Levave, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Sekope Kepu
Replacements: 16 Vern Kamo, 17 Owen Franks, 18 Leon Power, 19 Tom Chamberlain, 20 John Legg, 21 Lachie Munro, 22 Ben Smith

Canada: 15 DTH van der Merwe, 14 Justin Mensah-Coker, 13 Mike Pyke, 12 Nick Trenkel, 11 Dean van Camp, 10 Ander Munro, 9 Ed Fairhurst (c), 8 Mike Webb, 7 Adam Kleeberger, 6 Nanyak Dala, 5 Oliver Atkinson, 4 Josh Jackson, 3 Mike Pletch, 2 Aaron Carpenter, 1 Dan Pletch
Replacements: 16 Kevin Tkachuk, 17 Mauro Perzzolo, 18 Mike Burak, 19 Sean-Michael Stephen, 20 Morgan Williams, 21 Nathan Hirayama, 22 James Pritchard

Referee: Jonathon White (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Paul Honiss (New Zealand), Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)


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