The United States Tomahawks have secured their 3rd straight Colonial Cup with a 36-14 win over Canada in Westport Connecticut. Canada came into this one making some changes from the first leg in Toronto. Sam Nady, Lorenzo DeSantis, and Nick Hails made their International debuts as the Wolverines were looking to overturn a 4 point disadvantage from the first match.
Canada opened the scoring through Louis Robinson. Some sloppy tackling from the US was punished by the London Skolars forward as he calmly converted an early penalty gifting Canada a 2-0 advantage. The Tomahawks answered back quickly however as Damien O'Malveney crossed over for the home side, with captain Matt Walsh adding the extras. That made the score 6-2 for the USA.
Canada then came close a number of times, but were unable to penetrate in the red zone. The USA seized the initiative and went further ahead when O'Malveney scored again. This time Todd Fisher converting bringing the score to 12-2, which is how the first half ended.
Canada have come out of the sheds for the second half strongly all year, and this match was no exception. Christian Miller scored his first international try with a brilliant finish. Louis Robinson added the extras bringing the Wolverines to within 4 points at 12-8. Robinson then would score one himself finishing a strong move to walk it in behind the posts. He added his own extras making the score Canada 14-12 USA with a half hour still to play.
Canada continued to battle and had a try from Robin Legault controversially disallowed. The momentum then swung towards the USA and Dustin Umeda captured a quick brace of tries, both converted by Fisher giving the USA a 24-14 lead. The USA then scored two tries in the dying moments making the final score 36-14. The USA Tomahawks clinching their third Colonial Cup with an aggregate victory of 64-38 over the two matches.
Canadian captain Jamie Lester had this to say about the Wolverines effort. "The boys battled hard, we just couldn't finish them when we had them on the ropes. This serves as more motivation to come back next year and make amends."
Speaking after the match USA Head Coach Marcus Vassilakopoulos was impressed with his team’s performance. “The boys played really well today. We completed our sets and defended really well.” Vassilakopoulos also had praise for the Wolverines. “It was a tough, physical game out there today. Full credit to the Canadians, they had a great series." Damien O’Malveney was among many standout performances for the Tomahawks. The crafty playmaker not only scored two tries, but received the MVP award for his standout performance. The award caps off a remarkable comeback from shoulder injury for O’Malveney, which he sustained during the DonnyBrook Cup match against Ireland, earlier this year.
Canada can look forward to the their final match of 2012. It is the massive clash between themselves and the England Lions, on October 6th at Lamport Stadium. This should prove to be the toughest match of the 2012 season.
Tries: O’Malveny (2), Umeda (2) Cunz, Tulio
Goals: Walsh, Fisher (5)
Fitz James Adams, Dustin Umeda, Mike Garvey, Vai Notoa, Louis Tulio, Todd Fisher, Damien O'Malveny, Brian Confer, Matt Walsh, Justin Ripley, Salesi Tongamoa, Curtis Cunz, Kevin Wiggins, Andrew Kneisley, Dennis Schmeiler, Josh Rice, Mike Shacter
Tries: Miller, Robinson
Goals: Robinson (3)
Robin Legault, Matt Pettie, Geoff Bylund, Christian Miller, Tony Felix, Matt Wyles, Jamie Lester, Louis Robinson, Chris Diamond, Graham Stevens, Chris Chalmers, Cam Grace, Lorenzo DeSantis, Sam Nady, Nick Hails