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Canada beats Japan at Junior World Rugby Trophy tournament

The Canadian Press

6/1/2013 6:16:51 PM

TEMUCO, Chile -- Winger Jake Webster scored three of Canada's six tries in a 39-15 win over Japan on Saturday at the Junior World Rugby Trophy tournament.

By taking a bonus point, Canada (2-0) takes sole possession of first place in Pool B with nine points. Canada has one match remaining in round-robin play, June 5 versus Uruguay (0-1).

A win would put Canada into the tournament final against the first-place team in Pool A (Italy, Namibia, Portugal and Chile).

Webster's first try came off a turnover early in the second half, sparking a four-try run for Canada. Scrum half Lucas Hammond quickly moved the ball to fly half Shane O'Leary, then to Webster, who found an overlap and dashed along the touch-line to make it 17-7.

Webster followed up with his second try minutes later off a cross-kick from O'Leary, which was neatly placed into the right corner for a 22-7 lead. O'Leary and winger Justin Douglas then completed a carbon copy of that try with another cross-kick, this time into the left corner to make it 27-10.

"Cross kicks aren't something we practise regularly but getting behind the defenders is something we talk about and the players did a good job with that," said head coach Mike Shelley. "O'Leary had a better game today, he kicked out of our zone well, and we're pretty happy with the kicking game," said Shelley.

"Of course, in saying that, someone's got to be on the other end of those kicks, and our kick chases were excellent. Japan wasn't able to get around the outside of us on those chases."

Fullback Jack Fitzpatrick bookended the game tries. O'Leary kicked three conversions and a penalty goal.