BORDER WAR - ROUND 2!
The USA Tomahawks squad for the return clash with the Canadian Wolverines in Toronto, Canada on September 17 will be announced this week with the coaching staff fully aware of the challenge that awaits them north of the border. Whilst the long term objective is to prepare players vying for selection for the Rugby League World Cup Qualifying tournament in October, no one within the US camp will be overlooking the immediate threat confronting the squad at Fletchers Field in Markham, Ontario. The Wolverines recently knocked over the Jamaicans at home and will no doubt be supported by a parochial crowd that will greet the Tomahawks in what should be an exciting and entertaining match. Both teams will be hoping for a dry pitch and clear skies, in direct contrast to the hurricane conditions for game one in Philadelphia in August.
The Canada Wolverines were back to training this week after coming back from the first leg of the Colonial Cup with little to show for their efforts. Canada went down to the USA 18 – 2 after the game was locked up at 2 – 2 at the half time break. It was a disappointing result for the Wolverines after their maiden victory against the Jamaicans three weeks earlier. “After a tough defensive effort in the first half, we just couldn’t match them in the second” said Canada coach Richie Moore.
The Wolverines will be without their inspirational leader Steve Conlon whom suffered a broken leg during the match. Conlon’s injury not only means a vacated captaincy, but also requires another prop to step into the big shoes that will be missing. Moore declared “He will be difficult to replace for sure, but we had some players step up last week and I’m confident we have quality players waiting in the wings”.
The Canadians were keen to get back on the field to refocus on beating USA for the first time. The loss in Philadelphia means they face a difficult prospect winning the Colonial Cup’s second leg at Fletchers Field, Markham, Ontario on September 17. The Wolverines have to first win the match and then win by a margin of more than 16 points to overcome the Colonial Cup’s first leg deficit. Moore concluded “The lads are not worried about that at this stage. We are concentrating on making little improvements to our game and the rest will look after itself”.
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