18 Nov 2018
Americas Qualifiers Canada 62 - Chile 12 - Report
Canada claim 3rd place
It took 110 minutes for Chile to score their first World Cup qualification points - and then the same man scored their second try in top company shortly afterwards.
The new boys in rugby league’s Americas Championship were always going to struggle against a chastened Canada in the play-off for third at Jacksonville’s Hodges Stadium on Saturday.
And so it was as the Wolverines took out their frustration at missing World Cup qualification by belting the Chileans 62-12.
But the South American side did manage another milestone with their first points at this level, fullback Thomas Garrido touching down from a scrum in the 31st minutes.
And the Corrimal Cougar followed up by regathering a kick to score his country’s second in the 50th minute.
“The most satisfying thing about it all was the fact that the first try that Chile ever scored came from a planned move!”
coach Rob Millar said.
“We’ve done it against no defence at a training level … to put it on the paddock against a very high quality team, I give them full credit. It just goes to show: ‘yes we can’.”
The Wolverines had already scored four tries - to winger Rick Schouten, second rower Christian Miller, fullback Jordan Drew and centre Shaun McKenzie - before Garrido grabbed his little piece of history.
And they posted another between the custodian’s two tries, to goal-kicking five-eighth Ash Calvert.
Any suggestion of a meaningful comeback was soon put to bed, too, as winger Michael Mastroianni, replacement Sean McInroy, Calvert again and Joel Hulett made it a half-century margin.
“It’s always good to bounce back,” said Canada coach Ben Fleming, whose side was eliminated from World Cup contention on Tuesday night by Jamaica.
“It’s good to make a start on the future. That’s what we spoke about before the game, wiping the slate clean and building
“A lot of these boys are a good age and they just want to keep ripping in and this will be good start for them towards channeling all this energy and keeping this side together.”
“The greatest thing for me has been the mixture of English speaking Chileans and non-English speaking Chileans. We’ve got the guys from the Chilean league up here with guys from all over Australia.
“They met for the first time, we had four days to prepare and now they’re brothers and have become one.”