Opportunities Missed

By Daniel Andruczyk

USA Tomahawks 36 – 14 Canada Wolverines

The United States for a third year in a row have won the Colonial Cup. The win now takes the USA to a 75% win-loss record for the year and maintains their dominance over the Canadians. The first game in Toronto saw the Americans also Win 28-24 and this win gave them the 2-0 lead to take the cup.

The match was a case of opportunities lost for the Canadians. Having travelled to Westport with high expectation, the Wolverines needed to win by 5 or more to take the Colonial Cup for the first time.

The Match started well enough for the Canadians. A penalty goal gave them a 2-0 lead in the first two minutes. However several unforced errors say the Americans gain field advantage and Damian O’Malveny was able to cross over for their first try. Ten minutes later O’Malveny, their half-back, was over once again and the Tomahawks took a commanding 12-2 lead.


However at this point the Canadian defence was able to plug the holes. A a potential opportunity for a 4 pointer was ruined when a double movement was called and gave the Americans some breathing space. It became a war of attrition for the last 10 minutes both teams throwing everything at each other but no breaches in the defences. It was obvious that O’ Malveny was going to have a large influence setting up many of the plays that threatened the Canadian line.

After the break, It was the Wolverines that came out of the blocks there was a big scare go through the Tomahawk camp as O’Malveny went down in screaming pain. There was worry that he had injured his Achilles, but ultimately it was a cramp that was treated. The Canadians were able to hit back with two quick fire tries through Christian Miller and Louis Robinson This took them to the lead 12-14 and they seemed to have all the momentum.


But like in Toronto it took something unexpected to once again shift the momentum of the match. A 40/20 to O’Malveny in the 55th minute saw the Americans get a commanding position 15 meters out and this was the platform that they were able to launch their next raid. A minute later Hawaiian flyer Dusten Umeda was able to cross over for the Tomahawks third try and regain the lead 18-14.

The Canadians then had another opportunity go begging when they spilled the ball over the mine, from this the Americans were able to push once more and from O’Malveny setting the play up again Umeda went over for his second. It was a fantastic return from injury for Damien who had taken a shoulder injury during the Donnybrook Cup.


From there it was all America. Frustration in the Canadian ranks led to many unforced errors and that allowed the US to capitalize. Two more tries to Curtis Cunz and Louis Tulio on full time sealed the deal for them and retain the Colonial Cup. For his return performance Damien O’Malveny got the Man of the Match.

USA 36 (12)
Tries: O’Malveny (2), Umeda (2) Cunz, Tulio
Goals: Walsh, Fisher (5)

Canada 14 (2)
Tries: Miller, Robinson
Goals: Robinson (2)
Penalty Goal: Robinson

Crowd: ~150


Daniel Andruczyk’s email: daniel@rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com
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6 Responses to “Opportunities Missed”

  1. dragons4eva says:

    Thanks for the match report dan. Well done to the Tomahawks for the win!

    Also i’m very surprised with the crowd! 150? Is that your estimate or was it the official attendance?

    Also did you find team lists or weren’t they announced?

    • druzik says:

      Thanks, it was a fun outing tho, the drive up was surprisingly easy, no traffic in the Bronx. It was a dominant performance from the Tomahawks.

      I tried counting the people… its close to what was there. Nothing official was announced.

      I did not hear any team lists announced, and I did not see any. Maybe they will get posted on line somewhere.

  2. Interested Observer says:

    Poorly promoted and a poor turn out. The Axemen draw 10 to 15 times that size to a regular match. No naming of the final USA team prior to the match was also poor.
    Lot of RL people are not impressed with the whole deal.

  3. Big Picture says:

    I have to point out that the USA team does NOT represent “America” — but not for the reason you might think. Even if USARL players were included it still would not represent America. That’s because the use of “America” to mean the U.S. is incorrect.

    According to both logic and the Oxford English Dictionary, the word actually means the whole land mass that both North and South America are part of, so the U.S. — along with every other country in both North America and South America — is just one of the countries in America. That’s how America could have been divided into North America and South America, and how pan-American can refer to both North America and South America, as it does in pan-American Games.

    To see how asbsurd it is to use “America” to mean the U.S., substitute America for the United States in the statement “The United States is in North America.” This produces “America is in North America,” which is obviously nonsense.

    I suggest instead the word Usonia, coined more than 100 years ago by James Duff Law, a U.S. citizen who saw the habit of arrogating the word America to mean the United States as the arrogance that it clearly is. Law wrote, “We of the United States, in justice to Canadians and Mexicans, have no right to use the title ‘Americans’ when referring to matters pertaining exclusively to ourselves.” In fact, Brazilians, Peruvians, Argentines etc. are Americans too, since their countries are also in America. It’s way past time that Usonia and Usonian caught on throughout the Anglosphere.

    A proud Canadian.

    • druzik says:


      OK, well I think on this site getting into political debates like what name to use etc… I’ll keep out of.

      But I do see your point and you are correct in that at least I should use United States or USA as the official name for the tomahawks.

  4. Interested Observer says:

    Fair points however the USA do not claim to be America, they represent the US. Remember that Canada is also part of North America, like it or not.

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