Canada Get Historic First Win

By Daniel Andruczyk

Canada 40 – 10 Jamaica

Fletchers Fields in Northern Toronto saw the Canadians host the Jamaican Rugby League team for the first time on home soil. The last time these two teams met each other was in Jacksonville last year as part of the Atlantic Cup. There the Jamaicans had a 24 point win over the Wolverines 36-12. However it was to be a different story this time round. The Canadians have had a full year and season to prepare and the players  rearing to have another shot at the Jamaicans.

It was evident from the opening whistle and ensuing tackles that the Wolverines meant business. It was a steaming hot day, 31 degrees but with the humidity and in the stadium the factor would have taken it up to 40 degrees. Stamina was going to be the key in this match and the Canadians were showing that they had it. Jamaica were plagued with problems from the get go. Too many knock ons and over turned balls saw Canada run two tries in quick succession through Robin Legault and Stu McReynolds, on the back of an opening penalty they led 14-0 after 20 minutes. Stu Converted all three of the opening points.


The Jamaicans soon were able to hit back through Sandino Hastings who from the ruck was able to exploit some poor try-line defence from the Canadians and force his way over. However 10 minutes later  Danny Tupou went over for the first of two of his tries. The Canadians took the lead and momentum into the break 18 – 4.

In the Second half the Canadians started the same way the finished the first half, with a try and Danny Tupou was the instigator once again bagging his second try. The half then decended into a scrappy affair with both teams starting to suffer from the heat and humidity in Toronto. It would now be a battle of who was fitter and had the greater stamina. It was at this point that the Wolverines secret weapon stepped up, Lou Robinson. Lou plays for the London Harlequins and flew over for this match. Having being already heavily involved in setting up most of the tries, Lou was able to burrow through the Jamaican defence on the try-line and snatch a try that sent caught everyone off guard including the crowd, who 1500 strong, went crazy in the stands. With a Reynolds conversion Canada now had a commanding 28-4 lead.


Jamaica had to be the next to score, and they did through Romaen Campbell and Marvin Thompson converted. It was looking like there may be a Jamaican comeback, but Chris Diamond for the Wolverines put an end to those thought in the next 2 minutes and after Trent Hansen went over in the 71st minute with both of those tries converted by Reynolds it was going to be Canada’s day.

In the end it was 40-10 and a historic Day, this was Canada’s first win in the international arena and a convincing one at that. The team has come a long way from last year with a 1000% improvement. The Tomahawks now face a formidable opponent in August and September for the Colonial Cup. The battle for title of the top dog in North America will be hotly contested one. Rugby League in Canada is finally here and here to stay.


Should Canada be in the WC Qualifiers?

On the back of today, the question has to be revisited, should Canada have been allowed to be in the World Cup Qualifiers? At the time they probably didn’t meet the requirements, but judging by todays performance, the domestic comp and the professionalism the day was organised, it is making me wonder if the Wolverines should be included. At the moment I think they would be a real dominant force in North America. This is something I will leave open to debate for everyone.


Robin Legault, Tony Felix, Stu McReynolds, Christian Miller, Danny Tupou, Jamie Lester, Matt Wyles, Steve London, Chris Diamond, Louis Robinson, Tim Mason, Henry Miers Trent Hansen, Subs: Tyler Allen, Dalg Fitzgerald, Matt Gleed, Steve Lamb

Tries: Legault, McReynolds, Toupou(2), Robinson, Diamond, Hansen Goals: McReynolds (6)


Marvin Thompson, Claude Yen, Ryan Grant, Everton Richards, Jermaine Pinnock, Damen Yayle, Roy Calvert, Jade Harrison, Robert Rodney, Romaen Campbell,  Nicholas Wright, Carlye Burger, Jahden Clarke Subs: Omar Jones Tyroine Rowe Adrian Myers, Sandino Hastings

Tries: Hastings, Campbell Goals: Thompson

Penalty Count: Canada 7 – 11 Jamaica


Main: Paul Byrne, (UK) Sideline: Daniel Harrison (Aus), Rose Labreche (Can)

Crowd: 1500



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19 Responses to “Canada Get Historic First Win”

  1. Colin W says:

    Thanks so much for this report and your support Dan. Watch out for the Wolverines – our victory over Jamaica is just the beginning.

  2. dragons4eva says:

    Awesome blog Dru thanks for the news! Seems like a good win for the Canadians! And btw…you highlighted the USA/Jamaica score from last year…Jamaica won like 36-12 against Canada last year lol. Apart from that good news all round plus good to see such a GREAT crowd!

    All the best!

  3. Cheyne Maher says:

    Well done to Canada it shows they are making great strides. As for Jamaica do they have a few players still to come into their squad for the WC qualifiers?? I think/hope they will be stronger against the Rhinos and the USA later in the year. It also shows the home ground advantage is pretty big, especially when were talking non professionals.

    Very good point about the Canadians and whether they should be included in the WC qualifiers. From my understanding they weren’t included originally as they didn’t meet the criteria of having their own domestic comp with 4 or more teams, which they have now yeah?? Personally i wouldn’t have a problem with them being a late inclusion, although i agree there needs to be a cut off time for when teams can apply to be involved in world cup qualifiers. The fact this cut off was 12 months prior to the actual WCQualifiers hurt Canada in this instance, but does provide the time needed for organisers and promoters. So while it would be nice to see them involved they probably made the right call at the time not to include them and no doubt if they continue their rapid improvement they will be a strong contender for 2017

    • druzik says:

      Yes that is true, and I was all for not having their inclusion because of that, but Sunday showed clearly that they may deserve to be there. Speaking with some of the Jamaicans, they felt the same, but feel that their inclusion now would be unfair to the Canadians as they would not have access to the accelerator program as other teams have.

  4. Donny says:

    Great win for Canada. Personally I would have liked to see them in the WC Qualifiers, even if only because last years Atlantic Cup showed that with a three team competition, one team is always going to have a huge advantage because of the bye fixture.

  5. nadera78 says:

    Good win for the Wolverines, they must be delighted.

    Interesting to note that (with the exception of Robinson) this Canadian team was selected exclusively from the Ontario RL. The newly-established British Columbia RL will double the number of players available to the CRL. Exciting times for the game.

    • druzik says:

      Yes, the range of players to choose next year with the BC guys will really give them a strong base to work from.

      If I were to judge the Canadians no, they would have easily beaten the USA team from March too.

      • Ryan says:

        I’m starting to think Canada are going to be a North American force.

        Some people are saying that USA will walk through the qualifiers based on this recent result, but come Colonial Cup time we will really know.

        I fully understand why Canada aren’t in the Qualifiers but if they manage to beat the US then you would think that makes them the most dominant team in North America.

      • druzik says:

        I agree with you Ryan, Canada look like they will be a real force, the Colonial Cup will be one hell of a series.

        I really dont think the USA will walk with it, noy unless they completely stack the team with professionals.

  6. Congratulations to Canada on their victory yesterday. Seeing some of the clips they looked as though they played with cohesion and spirit and full credit must go to all involved with the CRL for what they have achieved over the past 12 months.

    As for Jamaica, this was an entirely domestic selected side and come October you will see an influx of UK based professionals for the WCQ. This being said, the great thing for Jamaica in this game was the fact that their were 8 debutants, all of whom have now had a taste of international rugby league and I am confident will use this experience as a stepping stone for future representation. Of note, of the 4 internationals Jamaica have now played, only Roy Calvert and Damon Gayle have played all 4 and in this game vs Canada, Sandino Hastings became the very first Jamaican born and raised player to score a try for Jamaica. He was then followed by Romaen “Gully” Campbell. So some significant milestones achieved for Jamaica and I am confident in saying that come October, the Jamaicans will b very hard to beat in the WCQ.

    Finally, the very best thing about this game between Canada and Jamaica, is the fact that it shows rugby league is very much alive and kicking in North America and that with all the hard work and commitment from administrators in these nations, we are set for an exciting future in this region.

    • druzik says:

      Dane It was a great game and day all around. The Canadians hosted a great event and both teams played their hearts out. I got to meet some of the Hurricanes players and interviewes some of them, will get that up soon I hope.

      Been great seeing all the news to come out while your in Jamaica. Hope your trip home is a good and safe one.

  7. SharksRugby says:

    The conversion for Jamaica was scored by Roy Calvert….i guess the number 1 and the number 7 looks pretty close

  8. Colin W says:

    Pics of the game and the pre-game are now up on my website –

  9. Colin W says:

    Thanks Dan!

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