Canada defeated Chile from 22 to 21 in the first match of the repechage with a view to a place in the France World Cup 2023. The Canadian victory came with a penalty on the last play through Robbie Povey and next Saturday, October 9, the rematch will be played in Valparaíso.
The game was played as a final, with clenched teeth, giving nothing away and fighting each ball as if it were the last. Chile was smarter in the first half, and despite being outmatched in the fixed formations, mainly in the scrum, they managed to score points at every opportunity they got. The good aim of the fullback, Santiago Videla, gave three penalties to Los Cóndores to go up to the break up by 9 to 5, before a local team that got to score points only thanks to a try from the second row, Corey thomas.
In the complement, Canada went out to look for it with greater impetus. The two tries by scrum half Ross Braude They were a clear example of the change of mentality in the local cast. However, Chile did not despair. Always with the defense as a standard and becoming strong with the game of his forwards, he managed to reach the try twice through the second row, Clemente Saavedra and turn a game that seemed very uphill.
With the match 21 to 19 for Los Cóndores, Canada tried to reach the try with more strength than ideas. Chile defended itself as best it could until the last play, when with a penalty in injury time, it gave kicker Robbie Povey the opportunity to celebrate Canada at the minimum.
In a week, both teams will meet again in Valparaiso. It will be a different duel and will end up defining which team will play the repechage against the loser in the series that has the United States and Uruguay.
CANADA (22): 1- Djustice Sears Duru, 2- Eric Howard, 3- Tyler Rowland; 4- Corey Thomas, 5- Kyle Baillie; 6- Lucas Rumball (c), 7- Matt Heaton, 8- Siaki Vikilani; 9- Ross Braude, 10- Peter Nelson; 11- Kainoa Lloyd, 12- Spencer Jones, 13- Ben Lesage, 14- Brock Webster; 15- Cooper Coats.
Changes: ST: 25´ Andrew Quattrin, Cole Keith, Jake Ilnicki and Robbie Povey by Djustice Sears Duru, Eric Howard, Tyler Rowland and Peter Nelson, 26´ Conor Keys by Matt Heaton.
Substitutes: 20- Michael Smith, 21- Jason Higgins, 23- Patrick Parfrey.
Coach: Kingsley jones
CHILE (21): 1- Vittorio Lastra, 2- Augusto Bohme, 3- Matías Dittus; 4- Clemente Saavedra, 5- Javier Eissmann; 6- Martín Sigren (c), 7- Raimundo Martínez, 8- Alfonso Escobar; 9- Marcelo Torrealba, 10- Rodrigo Fernández; 11- Franco Velarde, 12- Matías Garafulic, 13- Domingo Saavedra, 14- Nicolás Garafulic; 15- Santiago Videla.
Changes: ST: 9´ Tomás Dussaillant and Javier Carrasco by Vittorio Lastra and Augusto Bohme, 18´ Iñaki Ayarza. by Nicolás Garafulic, 24´ Salvador Lues by Matías Dittus, 25´Nicolás Herreros by Marcelo Torrealba
Substitutes: 19- Augusto Sarmiento, 20- Santiago Pedrero, 21- Thomas Orchard,
Coach: Paul lemoine
POINTS IN THE FIRST TIME: 21´ and 31 penalties by Santiago Videla (CH), 32´try by Corey Thomas (C), 40´ Penalty by Santiago Videla (CH).
Partial result: Canada 5 – 9 Chile
POINTS IN THE SECOND TIME: 3 and 8´ Tries by Ross Braude, converted by Peter Nelson (C), 11´Try by Clemente Saavedra (CH), 26´ Try by Clemente Saavedra converted by Santiago Videla (CH), 40´ Penalty by Robbie Povey.
Admonished: ST: 10´ Tyler Rowland (C); 18´ Javier Carrasco (CH)
Basketball court: Westhills Stadium