Canada West win NA4 title
ARN
July 8, 2007

Canada West has retained the North America Four trophy it won in the inaugural year of the event, beating the US Falcons soundly 43-11 at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Canada West outscored the Falcons by six tries to one and led 17-6 at the main break. The Falcons' only first half points coming from the boot of Jason Kelly, who landed a couple of penalty goals.

For the Canadians, eightman David Biddle stole the show, particularly in the second stanza, making his presence felt in all facets of play, while young flyhalf Nathan Hirayama rubbed salt into the Falcons' wounds by slotting a swag of goals to set the West on its way to victory.

The Falcons got a late consolation try from Takudzwa 'Zee' Ngwenya, but it was all too little too late as the horse had well and truly bolted long before then with Canada West wrapping up its second consecutive NA4 title. It was a repeat title for the Canadian team, which had knocked off these same Falcons a year earlier in Columbus, Ohio, in the inaugural NA4 championship decider.

Earlier in the day the US Hawks sprung the upset of this year's series by surprising Canada East 34-29 in the consolation match for third and fourth places.

A try by Jone Naqica with no time left on the clock sealed the deal for the Hawks. Naqica was sprung by Valenese Malifa after the latter made a pick on an errant Canada East pass.

In the end it was five tries to four for the American side, who did most of their scoring in the second half and who trailed 15-10 at halftime after being down by two tries to one. The Hawks turned on the afterburners in the second forty and outscored their Canadian rivals by four tries to two.

US Eagle scrumhalf David Williams got the ball rolling for the Hawks early in the second half by scoring a try from the fringes of a ruck.

Results:

USA Falcons 11 Canada West 43
USA Hawks 34 Canada East 29

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