ARC 2016 - Canada vs Brazil

February 21 2016


Ray Barkwill - Canada v Brazil
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Canada Defeat Brazil 52-25 in Front of 1,800 Fans in Langford: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS AND PHOTO GALLERY


posted Feb 21 2016
[ed. comments below]

It was a great atmosphere at Westhills and a celebration of domestic rugby, a chance for many players to get capped and be cheered by home fans. There were a lot of positives from that. The forwards played well, even scoring a final try with a driving maul, all good but let's not forget who we were playing, Brazil, a team many ranking points below Canada.

There were things to be concerned about as well, Brazil scored three tries and poor tackling by the backs was directly responsible for two of those. It's good that competition is being opened up for these spots as there are many backline players in Canada of equal talent, those who don't execute on defence will likely be dropped down the selection list. All seven of Canada's tries were scored by the forwards.



Joe Dolesau was one of the backs who did look good when he subbed in, even doing little things well like contesting rucks and making it difficult for Brazil to get quick ball. Clay Panga was chosen man of the match, a deserved accolade. Djustice had a good game, showing up on rampaging runs and owning his side of the scrum. Barkwill lead by example as captain and in the early second half when Canada went to sleep a bit and Brazil were surging, it was to the captain's credit that Canada were able to pick up their game for the final 20. Young Rumball and Ciulini scored three tries between them and are the future of the forward pack. The big unit Rob Brouwer impressed when he came on, he reminds me of the tough old-school Canadian forwards from Canada's glory years. He usually plays front row but can play second row as well, a skill that may come in useful on their South American tour.

Photos from the match by Chris Wilson are below. The Rugby Canada report is also appended below.



Rugby Canada media release

LANGFORD, BC — Canada collected its second win of the Americas Rugby Championship after a 52-25 win over Brazil Saturday night at Westhills Stadium.

Canada ran in seven tries as Lucas Rumball (2), Clay Panga (2), Michael Hamson, Paul Ciulini and captain Ray Barkwill all touched down while Andrew Ferguson kicked 13 points in front of 1,865 fans. Saturday's match was the first time Canada and Brazil had ever met in an official test match.

“To get one try was amazing but to get two was just a bonus,” Panga said. “It was an unreal feeling. It’s a great testament to how hard the boys worked.”

After building a 31-13 lead at the break, it took Canada 25 minutes to break through in the second half as Panga went over for his second try of the night after Daniel Sancery had touched down for Brazil in the 47th minute. Joao Luiz da Ros got Brazil a late consolation try before Ciulini and Hamson each grabbed their first test tries in the final five minutes with Brock Staller, who made his test debut at outside centre, adding both conversions.

“We have to give credit to the forwards,” attack coach Graeme Moffat said. “They took it to Brazil and scored all seven tries. That will definitely rile the backs up and will hopefully make training interesting next week.”



Canada exploded for four tries in the first half as they came storming out of the gates. Rumball grabbed the first test try of his career as the Scarborough, Ont., native crashed over after collecting the ball at the back of the breakdown.

Brazil got on the board in the ninth minute as centre Moises Duque kicked a penalty before Panga notched his first test try in the 12th minute with Ferguson again converting for a 14-3 lead.

Duncan Maguire was sinbinned in the 21st minute for a late and high tackle with Duque taking advantage again before Brazil grabbed their first try of the night as scrum half Johannes Beukes Cremer snuck out the back of the scrum and beat a tackler before diving over in the corner.

With Maguire back in the fold, Canada hit back as Captain Barkwill overlapped on the wing before swan diving in for just his second test try in his 29th game to give Canada a 22-13 advantage.

Canada would bundle over one last time in the opening 40 with Brazil No. 8 Nicholas Smith in the sin bin for a cynical side entry penalty, Rumball again drove over from the breakdown for his second try of the night.

In addition to Staller, Brett Johnson, Joe Dolesau, Eric Howard, Jake Robinson, Rob Brouwer and Hamson all made their test debuts Saturday, coming on as replacements.

“It was an unbelievable feeling,” Johnson said. “To come from a small town like Truro and make my test debut is a wonderful moment.”

Canada will head to South America for the final two games of their ARC campaign as they will first face Argentina XV in one week before concluding against Chile on March 5. Canada opened with a 33-17 win over Uruguay before a narrow 30-22 loss to the USA in Texas last weekend.

“The coaches have put an emphasis on not losing at home,” Panga said. “To be able to come out here and perform in front of our home crowd is just the icing on the cake. Now we have to take that on the road.”

Canada’s Team to face Brazil (Name, club, hometown):

1. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
2. Ray Barkwill – Captain (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Jake Ilnicki – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
4. Paul Ciulini – (Aurora Barbarians/Ontario Blues) Vaughan, ON
5. Liam Chisholm – (UVIC Vikes) Kenora, ON
6. Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Scarborough, ON
7. Alistair Clark – (Bay Street Pigs/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
8. Clay Panga – (Westshore Valhallians/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
9. Andrew Ferguson – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
10. Gradyn Bowd – (UVIC Vikes/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
11. Duncan Maguire – (St. Albert RFCC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
12. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Brock Staller – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
14. Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
15. Pat Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
16. Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON
17. Hubert Buydens – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
18. Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
19. Kyle Baillie – (St. Albert RFC/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
20. Michael Hamson – (Halifax Tars/Atlantic Rock) Halifax, NS
21. Jacob Robinson – (St. Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
22. Joe Dolesau – (Burnaby Lake RC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
23. Brett Johnson – (Truro Saints/Atlantic Rock) Truro, NS

Unavailable for selection due to injury:

Kyle Gilmour – (Rotherham Titans/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
Phil Mackenzie – (Sale Sharks/Ontario Blues), Oakville, ON
Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
Callum Morrison – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Mozac Samson – (Calgary Saints/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB

Canada’s Senior Men’s Coaching Staff:

Francois Ratier – Interim Head Coach
Jamie Cudmore – Forwards/defence coach
Graeme Moffat – Attack coach
Mike Shelley – Scrum coach
Chris Silverthorn – Forwards coach
Andy Evans – Strength and Conditioning coach
James Kent – Performance analyst

Brazil Team to face Canada:

1.Jonatas Paulo
2.Daniel Danielewicz
3.Vitor Ancina
4. Lucas Piero Moraes
5. Luis Vieira
6. Mark Jackson – captain
7. Cleber Dias
8. Nicholas Smith
9. Johannes Beukes Cremer
10. Lucas Duque
11. Lucas Muller
12. Moises Duque
13. Felipe Sancery
14. Stefano Giantorno
15. Daniel Sancery
16. Yan Rosetti
17. Wilton Reboldo
18. Lucas Abud
19. Matheus Wolf
20. Joao Luiz da Ros
21. Mateus Tavares
22. Laurent Couhet
23. Guilherme Coghetto

Scoring Summary:

Canada:

Tries: Lucas Rumball (2), Clay Panga (2), Paul Ciulini, Michael Hamson, Ray Barkwill
Conversions: Andrew Ferguson (5), Brock Staller (2)
Penalties: Andrew Ferguson

Brazil:

Tries: Joao Luiz da Ros, Johannes Beukes Cremer, Daniel Sancery
Conversions: Moises Duque (2)
Penalties: Moises Dugue (2)

Americas Rugby Championship | 2016 Competition Calendar
(Home v Away)

Round 1 – Weekend of Feb. 6 -7, 2016
Canada 33-17 Uruguay
USA 35-35 Argentina
Chile 25-22 Brazil

Round 2 – Weekend of Feb. 13 - 14, 2016
USA 30-22 Canada
Argentina 52-15 Chile
Brazil 29-33 Uruguay

Round 3 – Weekend of Feb. 20 -21, 2016
Canada 52-25 Brazil
USA 64-0 Chile
Uruguay 21-24 Argentina

Round 4 – Weekend of Feb. 27 - 28, 2016
Argentina v Canada
Brazil v USA
Chile v Uruguay

Round 5 – Weekend of March 5 - 6, 2016
Chile v Canada
Uruguay v USA
Brazil v Argentina

Americas Rugby Championship Standings:

1. USA (13 points)
2. Argentina XV (12)
3. Canada (10)
4. Uruguay (6)
5. Chile (4)
6. Brazil (2)



Canada Announce Roster for Saturday's Brazil Match: Barkwill Captains Team


posted Feb 18 2016
[ed. comments below]

With a number of key injuries coach Francois Ratier had to call up some local BC players to fill the gap. Brock Staller from UBC and Joe Dolesau from Burnaby got the call with Brock starting and Joe on the bench. It will be great to see Joe Dolesau get a cap as he, like Mozac Samson, has long been overlooked although possessing the skills necessary to play at this level. Brock first shows up in our records as part of the Meraloma U19 tour to the UK in 2010. He was representing the BC Senior Men (before they were called the Bears) in 2011 and interestingly his centre partner on that team was Joe Dolesau.

The injured include Mozac Samson, Phil Mackenzie, Callum Morrison, Gordon McRorie and Kyle Gilmour.

Ray Barkwill takes on the captain's role with Hubert Buydens on the reserve's bench. It's a good choice as Barkwill epitomizes many of the attributes Canadian rugby sees as its core strengths, a never say die attitude and a never back down stance.

Brazil are not to be taken lightly though as they have two bonus points, losing their two matches by seven points in total. They led Uruguay for most of the match, only falling behind near the end. Canada will have to play disciplined, mistake free rugby.

The video below is the Uruguay v Brazil match to get an idea of the style of rugby they play. They have a decent lineout/maul combination scoring their first try with that scenario so with Canada's recent poor showing in maul defence against USA it hopefully is something the coaching staff have worked on this week. Also their flyhalf is a proficient penalty kicker, slotting them from various angles 40+ metres out.

The referee decisions around the scrum have been very curious this tournament, this game was no exception. Canada should do well in that area but how it's interpreted by the referee is another matter. All the first half tries in this match were through the forwards, if Canada match up well there, the Canadian backs should be able to find space.

Game starts at 4pm at Westhills Stadium.

Brazil v Uruguay


Rugby Canada media release

LANGFORD, BC – Interim Senior Men’s Head Coach Francois Ratier has made five changes for Saturday’s Americas Rugby Championship clash with Brazil at Westhills Stadium.

Loosehead prop Djustice Sears-Duru will get his first start of the tournament in place of Hubert Buydens who drops to the bench. Kenora, Ont., native Liam Chisholm, who made his test debut against the USA last weekend, will start at lock while Andrew Ferguson gets the nod at scrum half.

Duncan Maguire, who scored his first test try on debut against the USA, starts on the wing while UBC Thunderbird Brock Staller, who was called into the squad earlier this week, starts at outside centre in his test debut. Eric Howard, Rob Brouwer, Mike Hamson, Jake Robinson, Joe Dolesau and Brett Johnson are all named to the bench and could potentially earn their first test caps too.

“The players are ready to play Brazil,” Ratier said. “There is a very good atmosphere in the team and the energy has been high since our last game. We’re ready to go.”

Sears-Duru joins Jake Ilnicki and Ray Barkwill, who will captain Canada for the first time, in the front row while Paul Ciulini gets his third straight start at lock. Lucas Rumball, Alistair Clark and Clay Panga all keep their spots in the back row while Calgary’s Gradyn Bowd starts at fly half.

Dan Moor joins Maguire on the wing while Nick Blevins is paired with Staller in the centres. Pat Parfrey makes his third straight start at fullback.

“We’ve prepared for this home game as we did for the Uruguay game,” Ratier said. “Nothing is different. We have the same energy and the same type of players on the field. I’m sure we’re going to respond to the challenge.”

Canada enters Saturday’s clash in third place in the inaugural Americas Rugby Championship standings. Canada opened its campaign with a blistering 33-17 win over Uruguay at Westhills Stadium before narrowly losing 30-22 to the USA in Austin, Texas, last weekend.

Saturday’s game against Brazil will make history as it will be the first time the two sides have ever faced off in an official test match. Brazil are ranked 42nd in the world and are winless in the ARC after bonus point defeats to Chile and Uruguay.

“We’ve watched their last two games and it’s a team that likes playing rugby and never gives up,” Ratier said. “They like to offload the ball and kick the ball a lot. I’m expecting a very open style of rugby from Brazil.”

The ARC will give Canada four additional test matches a year with games against Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and the USA. They will also travel to Argentina as part of the ARC although it will not be classified as a test match. Saturday’s game kicks off at 7pm ET / 4pm PT and can be seen LIVE at www.rugbycanada.ca.

Tickets to the game are still available and can be purchased at events.rugbycanada.ca

Canada’s Team to face Brazil (Name, club, hometown):

1. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
2. Ray Barkwill – Captain (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Jake Ilnicki – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
4. Paul Ciulini – (Aurora Barbarians/Ontario Blues) Vaughan, ON
5. Liam Chisholm – (UVIC Vikes) Kenora, ON
6. Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Scarborough, ON
7. Alistair Clark – (Bay Street Pigs/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
8. Clay Panga – (Westshore Valhallians/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
9. Andrew Ferguson – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
10. Gradyn Bowd – (UVIC Vikes/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
11. Duncan Maguire – (St. Albert RFCC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
12. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Brock Staller – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
14. Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
15. Pat Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
16. Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON
17. Hubert Buydens – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
18. Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
19. Kyle Baillie – (St. Albert RFC/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
20. Michael Hamson – (Halifax Tars/Atlantic Rock) Halifax, NS
21. Jacob Robinson – (St. Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
22. Joe Dolesau – (Burnaby Lake RC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
23. Brett Johnson – (Truro Saints/Atlantic Rock) Truro, NS

Unavailable for selection due to injury:

Kyle Gilmour – (Rotherham Titans/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
Phil Mackenzie – (Sale Sharks/Ontario Blues), Oakville, ON
Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
Callum Morrison – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Mozac Samson – (Calgary Saints/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB

Canada’s Senior Men’s Coaching Staff:

Francois Ratier – Interim Head Coach
Jamie Cudmore – Forwards/defence coach
Graeme Moffat – Attack coach
Mike Shelley – Scrum coach
Chris Silverthorn – Forwards coach
Andy Evans – Strength and Conditioning coach
James Kent – Performance analyst

Americas Rugby Championship | 2016 Competition Calendar
(Home v Away)

Round 1 – Weekend of Feb. 6 -7, 2016
Canada 33-17 Uruguay
USA 35-35 Argentina
Chile 25-22 Brazil

Round 2 – Weekend of Feb. 13 - 14, 2016
USA 30-22 Canada
Argentina 52-15 Chile
Brazil 29-33 Uruguay

Round 3 – Weekend of Feb. 20 -21, 2016
Canada v Brazil
USA v Chile
Uruguay v Argentina

Round 4 – Weekend of Feb. 27 - 28, 2016
Argentina v Canada
Brazil v USA
Chile v Uruguay

Round 5 – Weekend of March 5 - 6, 2016
Chile v Canada
Uruguay v USA
Brazil v Argentina

Americas Rugby Championship standings:

1. USA (8 points)
2. Argentina XV (8 points)
3. Canada (5 points)
4. Uruguay (5 points)
5. Chile (4 points)
6. Brazil (2 points)

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