Now that the curtain has come down on the 2012 summer of international Rugby League, at least here in North America, we thought it would make an interesting exercise to review how the three Atlantic Zone neighbors have fared in their respective outings.
The USA, Canada and Jamaica have all been active, although the North American rivals have played more games than have their Caribbean neighbors, but even so, there are enough results on the score sheet to give us a comparative indication of how everyone’s traveling.
The USA Tomahawks emerged as the most successful of the three countries compiling an overall win-loss record of 3-1 in 2012.
The Canadian Wolverines were the next best putting together a .500 season of 2-2 during the summer, while the Reggae Warriors dropped their only international match of the season for a 0-1 marker.
The Tomahawks opened the year with a victory over the Ireland Wolfhounds (38-20) in March, before dropping their next contest with Tonga (28-20) in May. They made amends this month, however, by accounting for Canada (28-24, 36-14) in the two Colonial Cup matches.
The USA coaching staff also opted to use only domestic-based squads in 2012 in order to give as many players as possible a chance to stake potential claims for the Tomahawks squad for next year’s Rugby League World Cup.
The four results this calendar year have seen the United States improve its all-time win-loss record to 28-18, giving the Tomahawks a 61 per cent win ratio.
Canada kicked off its year with two straight wins at home. The Wolverines accounted for Jamaica (18-12) in the Caribbean Carnival Cup match in June and then beat Lebanon (36-18) in August. They were confident, and deservedly so, going into the Colonial Cup series and while they made a good fist of things in the opening game, the Wolverines found the Tomahawks just too much to handle in the return rubber.
Canada’s modern era (2010-2012) win-loss record currently stands at 4-7 overall, that’s a 36 per cent win ratio for the Wolverines. Jamaica, which started playing international Rugby League in 2009, has posted an overall 2-5 record in that time for a 28.5 per cent win ratio.
As a sidebar, Jamaica A lost twice to the Great Britain U23 side that toured the island in June, while Canada A lost to the Royal Air Force (RAF) team that toured Canada in the same month. Those results, of course, do not count towards the overall win-loss records of either Jamaica’s or Canada’s senior team.
It is also worth noting that South Africa, which was part of the Rugby League World Cup Atlantic Zone Qualifiers in 2011, has not played an international so far in 2012.