Written by Peter Elliott
Friday, 09 November 2012 23:35
| Samoa Thumps Canada
The Canadian National Senior Men’s team lost 42-12 to Samoa on the first game of their Fall Tour, at Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay Friday night.
A tough opening period saw the Samoans take the game by the scruff of the neck, and with a 22-0 half-time deficit, Canada were left to chase the game during the second half.
Despite going into the last ten minutes at 42-0 down, two late tries by Connor Braid and John Moonlight gave the team some consolation.
Head coach Kieran Crowley said afterwards that his side had plenty to consider going in to the next fixture against Russia: “The way Samoa came out, they scored three or four tries with the little kicks behind, they attacked from the kick-offs wide which exposed us, and a couple of quick tap penalties which we didn’t react to, so pretty disappointing in that respect” he said.
“I thought our guys faced up pretty well, but we just got outplayed a little.”
Despite a high penalty count against his side, Crowley didn’t want to get dragged in to the debate about some dubious decisions which went against the Canadians: “I want to look at the video, as I felt there were a few things going on there, but that’s not going to change the result. They just outplayed us. The way they play the game, and the speed at which they play was a massive step up from what those guys who played in the ARC are used to, but that’s where we need to be” he added.
“We haven’t been exposed to that sort of game plan for a fair while. But although they scored a few tries, I would say that our tackle percentage would be right up there, I think we were very good at that. I think that Samoa were just very good at creating space.”
The game started at a frantic pace, with Samoa running hard at Canada’s defensive lines. Debutant Ray Barkwill did very well early on to make a try-saving tackle just metres from his line, but that was in vain, as from the resulting reset scrum, Taiasina Tuifua charged through to get the first score of the night after only five minutes, with James Sooaialo converting.
Canada’s first opportunity to score came from James Pritchard’s boot, but the fullback was denied by the outside of the right hand post after ten minutes.
The Samoan’s almost had a second try after Setaimana Sa chased a grubber down the left wing, but referee Francisco Pastrana of Argentina requested help from the TMO, who decided no try.
Sooailo added his second penalty on 16 minutes, with Robert Lilomaiava scoring in the corner just a minute afterwards, taking advantage of a kind bounce from Tusiata Pisi’s neat cross-kick. Sooialo missed the conversion, for a Samoan lead of 15-0.
The TMO was called in to action once more, but this time, it was a thumbs up for Lilomaiava, who touched down in the corner once more. A Sooialo conversion gave the Samoans a 22-0 half-time lead.
Tyler Hotson had put pressure on the Samoan defence before that try with a charge down, but the ball had too much momentum, and ran dead before he had the chance to catch up.
Phil Mackenzie was replaced by Nick Blevins on 32 minutes after suffering a head knock.
The first half ended with Canada on the ascendancy. First of all, Chauncey O’Toole was through towards the line, before being pulled back by the referee, before a fantastic driving maul which pushed the Samoans back towards their line, but with possession lost, the whistle blew, allowing the side to regroup for the second period.
Less than two minutes in, Samoa added to their score, as Faatiga Lemalu went over on the overlap, with Sooialo converting.
Yet Canada showed they could threaten, as Sean White broke the Samoan line, but with two defenders ahead of him, he opted to kick and chase instead of using his support runner.
It was that man Sooiala who punished Canada once more, kicking from near the halfway line to take the score to 32-0 on 52 minutes.
Front row changes came, as debutant Ray Barkwill and Doug Wooldridge were replaced by Ryan Hamilton and Jason Marshall.
Nick Blevins felt the wrath of the referee on 55 minutes, yellow carded for an offence at the breakdown. Sooiala punished that one for a 35-0 lead to Samoa.
Canada’s pressure almost paid off despite being down to 14 men, as referee Pastrana again consulted the TMO when Sean White went over, but the decision went against the men in red on this occasion.
The front row saw its final change with Andrew Tiedemann replacing Hubert Buydens on 61minutes, before Brett Beukeboom, John Moonlight and Jeff Hassler replaced Jon Phelan, Tyler Ardron and Matt Evans after 69 minutes.
Samoa’s scoring came to an end on 72 minutes with another Sooiala penalty on 72 minutes, and it was now that with fresh legs, Canada gave themselves something to cheer, as John Moonlight scored on 74 minutes, ending a move that stretched the Samoan defence.
Eric Wilson had replaced Sean White moments earlier, and with the fresh legs and a determination to take some pride out of the fixture, Connor Braid earned the Canadian’s second try in the last minute, ending a period of great runs at the Samoan defence.
Pritchard converted, for a final score of 42-12 to Samoa.
Connor Braid, who returned to the side after a two year absence praise his team-mates for their contribution to his try: “I think most of the players on the team touched the ball in the build-up, so I was just lucky enough to be there at the end of it” he said.
“I had wanted to attack the line, and I had some decoy runners, who let me get through the line a couple of times. I think in the first twenty minutes, we were a bit too eager to hit the ruck, but minus that period, the positives we can take are that we played right to the end, scored a couple of good tries, and I think we played some good rugby”
1 Hubert Buydens
2 Ray Barkwill
3 Doug Woolridge
4 Jon Phelan
5 Tyler Hotson
6 Tyler Ardron
7 Chauncey O’Toole
8 Aaron Carpenter (Capt.)
9 Sean White
10 Connor Braid
11 Matt Evans
12 Phil Mackenzie
13 Ciaran Hearn
14 Taylor Paris
15 James Pritchard
16 Ryan Hamilton for Ray Barkwill (51)
17 Jason Marshall for Doug Woolridge (51)
18 Andrew Tiedemann for Hubert Buydens (61)
19 Brett Beukeboom for Jon Phelan (69)
20 John Moonlight for Tyler Ardron (69)
21 Eric Wilson for Sean White (71)
22 Nick Blevins for Phil Mackenzie (32)
23 Jeff Hassler for Matt Evans (69)
TEAM 1ST 2ND FINAL
CANADA 0 12 12
SAMOA 22 20 42
Written by Peter Elliott
Thursday, 08 November 2012 03:06
| Canada Prepares for Samoa
The Canadian NSMT renews its rivalry with Samoa after a twelve-year gap this Friday, as the sides meet in the IRB International Rugby Series at Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay, Wales.
The match will be available both live on TSN starting at 3pm ET/12pm PT, rebroadcast at 8 30pm ET/5 30pm PT, as well as online through the Rugby Canada website.
The last time the sides met was in the Samoan capital, Apia, during the Pacific Rim Championship of 2000. The home team won that game 41-22, to repeat the victory they achieved the year before.
The game of May 1999, held in Vancouver, was the first ever meeting between the nations, and also saw a Samoan victory, by the narrower margin of 17-13.
Current NSMT team manager Gareth Rees captained the Canadian side that day, and contributed two penalty goals and a conversion, with Winston Stanley scoring the only try of the game for the home team.
Rees knows that the Samoans pose a real threat to his side: “They are a very good side, all full professionals. They are a confident side, as we saw during their performances in the Pacific Nations Cup.
They have a very strong coaching staff, with a pretty impressive group of leaders there.”
Samoa lie three places higher than Canada in the IRB rankings, in tenth position. With the latest rankings to be announced next Tuesday, this game could affect Canada’s position in that list, so a good result is needed to maintain the great position held at the moment.
“This series is an important next step for us after the CRC and the ARC to identify players. This is the next test for the players to show that they can play at the next level up,” Rees added.
The team to play Samoa on Friday is as follows –
Name (Club, CRC Club), Hometown
1. Hubert Buydens (Saskatoon Wild Oats/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
2. Ray Barkwill (Niagara, Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Doug Wooldridge (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
4. Jon Phelan (Ste-Anne-de-Bellvue/The Rock) Montreal, QC
5. Tyler Hotson (London Scottish RFC) Vancouver, BC
6. Tyler Ardron (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON
7. Chauncey O’Toole (Brigand Ravens)Belleisle, NB
8. Aaron Carpenter (Plymouth Albion RFC) Brantford, ON(C)
9. Sean White (James Bay AA/Pacific Tyee) Victoria, BC
10. Connor Braid (James Bay AA/Pacific Tyee) Victoria, BC
11. Matt Evans (Cornish Pirates) Duncan, BC
12. Phil Mackenzie (London Welsh) Oakville, ON
13. Ciaran Hearn (Castaway Wanderers/The Rock) Conception Bay, NL
14. Taylor Paris (Glasgow Warriors) Barrie, ON
15. James Pritchard (Bedford Blues) Parkes, NSW, Australia
16. Ryan Hamilton (Capilano/Pacific Tyee) West Vancouver, BC
17. Jason Marshall (Aurillac) North Vancouver, BC
18. Andrew Tiedemann (FC Auch Gers) St. Albert, AB
19. Brett Beukeboom (Plymouth Albion RFC) Lindsay, ON
20. John Moonlight (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
21. Eric Wilson (Meraloma RC) Vancouver, BC
22. Nick Blevins (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
23. Jeff Hassler (Okotoks RFC/Prairie WolfPack) Okotoks, AB
Ray Barkwill comes in at hooker for his first senior appearance, having made a great impact with CRC Champions Ontario Blues.
There are a total of nine changes to the starting line-up from the previous full NSMT fixture against Georgia in June. The front row has had wholesale change, with Jon Phelan now partnering Tyler Hotson in the second row.
Sean White comes in at scrum-half, with Connor Braid partnering him at fly-half.
Matt Evans moves to the left wing, with Ciaran Hearn at outside half and Taylor Paris, fresh from his full Glasgow Warriors debut last weekend, on the right wing.
Samoa will be captained by winger David Lemi, who plays for Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership. Other Premiership players include flankers Maurie Fa’asavalu (Harlequins) and Ofisa Treviranus (London Irish).
The game kicks off at 20:15 local time (16:15ET/13:15PT) with live updates on Rugby Canada Twitter feed (@RugbyCanada) followed by the full match report at www.rugbycanada.ca
Men's Fall UK Tour
Friday, November 9th, 2012
Canada v. Samoa
Kick off at 3 15pm ET/12 15 PT
LIVE broadcast on TSN starts at 3pm ET/12pm PT
Rebroadcast on TSN at 8 30pm ET/5 30pm PT
Saturday, November 17th, 2012
Canada v. Russia
Kick off at 3 15pm ET/12 15 PT
Delay broadcast on TSN starts at 8pm ET/ 5pm PT
Friday, November 23rd, 2012
Canada v. NZ Maori
Kick off at 2 30pmET/11 30am PT
No TV/webstream coverage
Written by Press Release
Friday, 26 October 2012 22:08
| Canada Picks MNT for Nov Tour
Soon after hosting the successful 2012 IRB Americas Championship, Canada will be on the road in Wales and England for three exciting fixtures as part of the inaugural IRB International Rugby Series.
National Senior Men’s Team Head Coach Kieran Crowley is pleased to announce his squad for the forthcoming tour to the UK.
Based initially in North Wales, Canada will play Samoa on Friday 9 November and Russia on Saturday 17 November at Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay. They then travel to Oxford, where they will take on the NZ Maori on Friday 23 November at Iffley Road, home of Oxford University RFC.
The fixtures at Parc Eirias will be the first senior rugby internationals held at the stadium, which is the home of RGC1404, the regional team of North Wales.
The IRB International Series at Colwyn Bay kicks off on Friday 9 November with USA v Russia, followed immediately by Canada’s game against Samoa. Saturday 17 November has another double-header, with Canada’s game against Russia following Tonga v USA.
The Maori All Blacks fixture will be the first meeting of these sides since the NZ Maori toured Canada for two fixtures in 2003. James Pritchard is the only member of the touring squad who remains from those fixtures.
“We are looking forward to the tour and feel we have three very good games lined up,” said Kieran Crowley, Head Coach of the National Senior Men’s Team. “Samoa is going to be a tough challenge as always, being ranked 10th in the world, and Russia is an always improving program. The NZ Maori will be a big test for our team, as they are a team that has a proud record of results.”
This will be Canada’s first fixtures in the UK since the 2008 tour to Ireland,
Wales and Scotland.
The squad includes several players who play their club rugby in Europe, including three with Premiership experience. Nanyak Dala, John Moonlight, Phil Mack, Jeff Hassler, Harry Jones, Ciaran Hearn, and Chauncey O’Toole, who represented Canada at the IRB Gold Coast Sevens in October, are also included in the roster.
Domestically, five members of Canadian Rugby Championship’s (CRC) Pacific Tyee are included in the squad, with four each from CRC champion Ontario Blues and Prairie Wolf Pack. The Rock are represented by two players.
The full touring roster is as follows –
Name (Club/CRC Club) Hometown
Tyler Ardron (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON
Ray Barkwill (Niagara, Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
Nick Blevins (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
Connor Braid (James Bay AA/Pacific Tyee) Victoria, BC
Brett Beukeboom (Plymouth Albion RFC) Lindsay, ON
Hubert Buydens (Saskatoon Wild Oats/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
Aaron Carpenter (Plymouth Albion RFC) Brantford, ON
Nanyak Dala (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
Matt Evans (Cornish Pirates) Duncan, BC
Ryan Hamilton (Capilano/Pacific Tyee) West Vancouver, BC
Jeff Hassler (Okotoks RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Okotoks, AB
Ciaran Hearn (Castaway Wanderers/The Rock) Conception Bay, NL
Tyler Hotson (London Scottish RFC) Vancouver, BC
Harry Jones (Capilano/ Pacific Tyee) North Vancouver, BC
Phil Mack (UVic Vikes/Pacific Tyee) Victoria, BC
Phil Mackenzie (London Welsh) Oakville, ON
Jason Marshall (Aurillac) North Vancouver, BC
John Moonlight (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
Chauncey O’Toole (Brigand Ravens) Belleisle, NB
Taylor Paris (Glasgow Warriors) Barrie, ON
Jon Phelan (Ste-Anne-de-Bellvue/The Rock) Montreal, QC
James Pritchard (Bedford Blues) Parkes, NSW, Australia
Jebb Sinclar (London Irish) Charters Settlement, NB
Andrew Tiedemann (FC Auch Gers) St. Albert, AB
Sean White (James Bay AA/Pacific Tyee) Victoria, BC
Doug Wooldridge (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
Friday 9 November (Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay)
Canada v Samoa
Kick off at 8:15pm local
Saturday 17 Nov (Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay)
Canada v Russia
Kick off at 8:15pm local
Friday 23 Nov (Iffley Road, Oxford)
Kick off at 7:30pm local
Written by Press Release
Saturday, 13 October 2012 01:19
| Canada Defeats Uruguay in ARC
LANGFORD, BC--Team Canada scored an impressive 28-10 win over Uruguay Tuesday evening in their opening match of the 2012 IRB Americas Rugby Championship at Westhill Stadium. In the first of the double header menu - Argentina had a comfortable 39-3 win over the USA.
With an enthusiastic crowd of 1,745 looking on, Canada had the game won at halftime, leading 18-3 and then salting it away in the second half with a try and penalty goal.
Connor Braid led the Canadian scoring with three penalty goals and two converts. Canadian tries came from team captain Tyler Ardon, Patrick Parfrey and Liam Underwood.
Uruguay's lone try came late in the second half from Juan Diego Ormaechea, Felipe Berchesi converting. Berchesi also scored a game opening penalty goal four minutes into the game.
Canada twice was forced to play with just 14 players as tempers flared after nine minutes into the second half when centre Nick Blevins was handed a ten minute yellow card for a rough tackle on Uruguay Gaston Mieres and then again at ther 25 minute mark when Ardron was sent off for repeated infringement.
"I didn't think we played a lot or rugby in the first half,"said Canadian coach Kieran Crowley."But I think we put Uruguay under a lot of pressure. In the second half we played better but you can't play well when you lose two players like we did. but we did get the win which was good and now we have to look forward to Tuesday and the U.S.
Canada plays the US in the night (7:30 p.m.) game while Argentina and Uruguay meet in the 5:30 p.m. opener.
Argentina, the two-time ARC defending champion, will also be looking for it second straight win after soundly defeating the US 39-3 in Friday's tournament opening match.
After Berchesi put Uruguay ahead 3-0 four minutes in, Canada took over when Ardron picked up an errant Berchesi pass and ran 50 yards into the end zone. After a Braid penalty goal, Parfrey put Canada ahead even further when he scored from ten yards out. Two more penalty goals from Braid late in the first half and then a second half try by Underhill and Braid's third penalty goal wrapped it up for Canada.
A similar performance against the US should put Canada in a solid position for a shot at the title on October 20 when they face Argentina in what looks like a winner take all game.
Tries: Tyler Ardron, Patrick Parfrey, Liam Underwood
Conversions: Connor Braid (2)
Penalties: Connor Braid (3)
Try: Juan Diego Ormaechea
Conversion Felipe Berchesi
Penalty: Felipe Berchesi
1. HUBERT BUYDENS, Prairie Wolf Pack
2. OWEN PARFREY, The Rock
3. DOUG WOOLDRIDGE, Ontario Blues
4. CHRIS LONG, Prairie Wolf Pack
5. JON PHELAN, The Rock
6. ZAC COUGHLAN, The Rock
7. TONI WODZICKI, The Rock
8. TYLER ARDRON (C), Ontario Blues
9. KYLE ARMSTRONG, Ontario Blues
10. CONNOR BRAID, Pacific Tyee
11. CLAYTON MEERES, Pacific Tyee
12. PATRICK PARFREY, The Rock
13. NICK BLEVINS, Prairie Wolf Pack
14. JOSH HART, Prairie Wolf Pack
15. LIAM UNDERWOOD, Ontario Blues
16. RAY BARKWILL, Ontario Blues
17. CREAG JOHNSTON, Ontario Blues
18. JACOB RUMBALL, Ontario Blues
19. AARON FLAGG, Pacific Tyee
20. SEB PEARSON, Ontario Blues
21. ALISTAIR CLARK, Ontario Blues
22. PAT KAY, Pacific Tyee
23. JORDAN WILSON-ROSS, Ontario Blues
1. ALEJO CORRAL
2. ARTURO AVALO (C)
3. OSCAR DURAN
4. FRANCO LAMANNA
5. CRISTOFER SOARES DE LIMA CRISTOFER
6. FERNANDO BASCOU
7. DIEGO MAGNO
8. JUAN DIEGO ORMAECHEA
9. GUILLERMO LIJTENSTEIN
10. FELIPE BERCHESI
11. GASTON MIERES
12. RODRIGO MARTINEZ
13. SANTIAGO GIBERNAU
14. PABLO BUENO
15. JERONIMO ETCHEVERRY
16. RODOLFO DE MULA
17. JUAN PEDRO ROMBYS
18. SEBASTIAN SAGARIO
19. MATHIAS PALOMEQUE
20. FRANCISCO VECINO
21. JUAN DE FREITAS
22. FEDERICO FAVARO
23. ALEJO DURAN
REFEREE: Juan Sylvestre (Argentina)
ASSISTANT REFEREE: David Smortchevsky (Canada)
ASSISTANT REFEREE: Andrew McMaster (Canada)
MATCH OFFICIAL #4: Kai Taylor (Canada)
MATCH OFFICIAL #5: Chris Assmus (Canada)
MATCH OFFICIAL #6/Scorer: Bryan Arciero (Canada)