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Canada vs Argentina XV - ARC 2016

Canada Fall to Argentina XV 54-21: Close Tournament Out Next Weekend vs Chile: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS ADDED


posted Feb 28 2016
[ed. comments below]

It was always going to be difficult playing Argentina on their turf, it wasn't a full test as the Argentina 1st XV were playing Super Rugby as the Jaguares but their second side were still formidable. USA had managed to tie them so being able to win the game was in the realm of reality although after watching the game maybe virtual reality might be a better option.



Canada were leading at the 39 minute mark and despite the scrum being destroyed, the lineouts not working and the tackling weak, the win was still in view. The ease which Argentina scored to end the half was, unfortunately, a precursor for the second 40 where it was all the home side. It could be worse though, consider our southern neighbours, Brazil defeated USA, that's going to hurt. This wasn't a game that Canada was expected to win, and they didn't, much more important is next week against Chile where ranking points are involved. After watching the game today what needs to improve?

The scrum obviously is one area in need of attention. The first scrum went back at a rate of knots, after a couple of those the scrum started to collapse and the ref naturally looked at Canada as the culprit. It started turning into penalties and points for Argentina. Buydens was eventually given a yellow and a penalty try awarded later in the match. Ilnicki's presence may be sorely missed in the sets. The second row may need some more beef and Brouwer might be an option to consider in that case. Ciulini was not available due to school commitments and his presence was missed. The jury is still out on Cam Pierce, he didn't have a big impact in the match, we'll evaluate more after the Chile match.

The lineouts need work, the timing seemed off at times, there was a lack of precision and that's a word that could be used across the board when comparing the two teams today. Argentina did almost everything with more precision and that applies to ball handling, tackling, kicking - passion and courage will only take you so far.

One example of a simple skill that Canada can't seem to execute correctly is the box kick and chase from the breakdown. I can't remember many times this whole series when a box kick from the scrum half was executed to put a defender under pressure. Also too many times players are having to reach high for looping passes, or tacklers are going high and missing, or kickoffs are being dropped - if there was one improvement to see against Chile to close out the tournament, it would be more attention to executing the basic skills with precision.

Brazil's defeat of the USA shows that teams like Chile and Brazil cannot be underestimated, if you don't execute with precision it may not end well.

Rugby Canada media release

ROSARIO, ARGENTINA – Thirty-four unanswered points propelled Argentina XV to a 54-21 win over Canada in their Americas Rugby Championship clash in Rosario Sunday afternoon. Holding a 21-20 lead in the 39th minute, Canada surrendered 34 straight points as Argentina XV ran in four second half tries as well as re-taking the lead in the 40th minute through Franco Cuaranta’s try.

Canada got two tries from scrum-half Andrew Ferguson while winger Dan Moor went over for his third try of the ARC.

"Their sets, pace and ability to keep the ball alive was the difference," interim head coach Francois Ratier said. "We wanted to keep the ball in hand as they had a strong counter attack but at the beginning of the second half we didn't stick with the plan.

"It was then hard for us to stay in the game after that."

Trailing 12-0 after two early tries through captain Santiago Iglesias and Juan Pablo Estellés, with Pedro Mercerat converting the latter, Canada got into the game as Moor received the ball out wide after some quick ball movement, beat a defender and dived over. Ferguson converted to cut the lead to 12-7 after just 13 minutes.

Mercerat extended Argentina XV’s lead to 15-7 with a penalty in the 20th minute and the lead could have been more had it not been for Pat Parfrey’s outstanding last-ditch cover tackle to prevent a try minutes later. However, Argentina XV’s attack wouldn’t be contained in the 28th minute as flanker Juan Manuel Leguizamón crashed over after Canada’s Kyle Baillie had been penalized for a high tackle moments earlier.

Trailing by 13, Canada came roaring back as Ferguson grabbed his first try of the day after Baillie had created a 2-on-1 before offloading to the Mississauga, Ont., native. Canada went right back on the offensive off of the kickoff and after a number of phases, including Duncan Maguire exploiting a hole to get inside the 5 meter line, Ferguson dove over from the back of the ruck.

His conversion on both tries gave Canada a 21-20 lead but they’d fall behind heading into half time as Cuaranta found space on the wing to push Argentina XV ahead 27-21 at the break. Ferguson was a late replacement for Canada as he was called into the starting XV only hours before kickoff in place of Gordon McRorie. Ferguson had tallied 15 points in Canada's last two ARC games since making his debut against the USA in Week 2.

"Andrew was ready for the challenge," Ratier said. "He is learning every game and is always improving as today showed."

Mercerat opened the second half with a penalty inside five minutes and then Argentina XV’s pack went to work as they dominated the Canadian forwards before being rewarded with a penalty try after repeat infringements in the scrum that cost captain Hubert Buydens 10 minutes as he was sent to the bin.

Argentina XV refused to let up and added three more tries through Lucas González Amorosino, Leguizamón and Estellés to round out an impressive performance.

Canada returns to action next Saturday as they tackle Chile in their final game of the ARC. Kickoff is 6pm ET/3pm PT with streaming details to be announced.

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

1. Hubert Buydens, captain – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
2. Ray Barkwill – Captain (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
4. Kyle Baillie – (St. Albert RFC/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
5. Cam Pierce – (Pau) Vernon, BC
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. Pat Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
11. Duncan Maguire – (St. Albert RFCC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
12. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Phil Mackenzie – (Sale Sharks/Ontario Blues), Oakville, ON
14. Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
15. Brock Staller – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
16. Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON
17. Ryan Kotlewski – (Calgary Saints/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
18. Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
19. Alex Mascott – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Langley, BC
20. Michael Hamson – (Halifax Tars/Atlantic Rock) Halifax, NS
21. Brett Johnson – (Truro Saints/Atlantic Rock) Truro, NS
22. Gradyn Bowd – (UVIC Vikes/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
23. Jacob Robinson – (St. Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB

Canada’s Coaching Staff:

Francois Ratier — Head Coach
Chris Silverthorn — Assistant Coach
James Kent — Performance Analyst
Andy Evans — Strength and Conditioning Coach
Carla Brash— Athletic Therapist
Rich Gregory — Athletic Therapist
Dr. John Gillis — Team Doctor
Mark Winokur — Team Manager

Argentina’s Team to face Canada

1. Facundo Gigena
2. Santiago Iglesias (captain)
3. Enrique Pieretto
4. Pedro Ortega
5. Ignacio Larrague
6. Juan Manuel Leguizamón
7. Lautaro Bavaro
8. Santiago Portillo
9. Marcos Bollini
10. Juan Cruz González
11. Franco Cuaranta
12. Tomás Granella
13. Juan Cappiello
14. Juan Pablo Estellés
15. Pedro Mercerat
16. Axel Zapata
17. Roberto Tejerizo
18. Eduardo Bello
19. Marcos Kremer
20. José Deheza
21. Lautaro Bazan
22. Juan Novillo
23. Lucas González Amorosino

Scoring Summary:

Canada:

Tries: Andrew Ferguson (2), Dan Moor
Conversions: Andrew Ferguson (3)

Argentina XV:

Tries: Juan Pablo Estellés (2), Juan Manuel Leguizamón (2), Franco Cuaranta, Santiago Iglesias, Lucas González Amorosino, penalty try
Conversions: Pedro Mercerat (4)
Penalties: Pedro Mercerat (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 XV
Chile 25-22 Brazil

Round 2 – Weekend of Feb. 13 - 14, 2016
USA 30-22 Canada
Argentina XV 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 XV

Round 4 – Weekend of Feb. 27 - 28, 2016
Argentina XV 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 XV



Cam Pierce Starts for Canada vs Argentina XV: GAME LIVE NOW


posted Feb 26 2016
[ed. Game is streamed on www.tsn.ca/rugby/video]

UPDATE: Gordon McRorie has been replaced by Andrew Ferguson as the starting #9.

We'll add more later today but the highlight of the selection is the return of Cam Pierce from Pau to play for Canada. This is not a full test match but next weekend against Chile will be. Ilnicki is out with a wrist injury, Ciulini has school commitments and Chisolm has a lower back injury.

Rugby Canada media release

ROSARIO, ARGENTINA – Captain Hubert Buydens returns to the starting XV while Pau’s Cam Pierce has been called into Canada’s squad as Senior Men’s Interim Head Coach Francois Ratier has named his side for Sunday’s Americas Rugby Championship match against Argentina XV.

Phil Mackenzie and Gordon McRorie, who both missed last Saturday’s 52-25 win over Brazil with injury, also return to the lineup.

While Argentina’s squad for the ARC is a full senior side with a number of test players, the majority of their first choice senior players are currently involved with the Argentina Jaguares who are playing in their inaugural season in Super Rugby. Sunday’s game will not be an official test match.

“Training has been really good so far since we’ve arrived in Argentina,” Ratier said. “It’s been over 35 degrees each day but the players and staff have done a good job adapting.”

Buydens join’s last week’s captain Ray Barkwill and Djustice Sears-Duru in the front row while Summerside, PEI, native Kyle Baillie earns his first start of the year at lock alongside Pierce. Pierce has joined the Canadian setup for the two games in South America. The 24-year-old has played in four games this season for Top 14 side Pau after helping them earn promotion last year as champions.

“Cam is a pro and he knows what his job is,” Ratier said. “He’s happy to be here and he fits well into our team culture.”

The back row trio of Alistair Clark, Lucas Rumball and Clay Panga maintain their spots with McRorie slotting in at scrum half. Pat Parfrey, who started the first three games at fullback, gets the nod at fly half as Gradyn Bowd drops to the bench.

Duncan Maguire and Dan Moor again man the wings with Nick Blevins and Mackenzie starting in the centres. Vancouver’s Brock Staller, who made his test debut last Saturday at outside centre, starts at fullback.

Canada is coming off of their second straight home win after running in seven tries in a comprehensive win over Brazil. Canada had opened its ARC campaign with a 33-17 victory over Uruguay in Langford, BC, before narrowly losing 30-22 to the USA in Week 2.

Argentina XV began their campaign with a 35-35 draw with the USA before beating Chile 52-15. Argentina XV narrowly squeaked past Uruguay 24-21 last week away from home. Canada is 2-6 all-time against Argentina in test matches with their last meeting coming in 2005 when Canada won 22-15 at the Calgary Rugby Park. In recent years, Argentina’s Jaguars won the old Americas Rugby Championship tournament five times while never losing a game.

Sunday’s game kicks off at 3pm ET/12pm PT with streaming details still to be confirmed.

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

1. Hubert Buydens, Captain – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
2. Ray Barkwill – (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
4. Kyle Baillie – (St. Albert RFC/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
5. Cam Pierce – (Pau) Vernon, BC
6. Alistair Clark – (Bay Street Pigs/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
7. Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Scarborough, ON
8. Clay Panga – (Westshore Valhallians/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
9. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10. Pat Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
11. Duncan Maguire – (St. Albert RFCC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
12. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Phil Mackenzie – (Sale Sharks/Ontario Blues), Oakville, ON
14. Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
15. Brock Staller – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
16. Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON
17. Ryan Kotlewski – (Calgary Saints/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
18. Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
19. Alex Mascott – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Langley, BC
20. Michael Hamson – (Halifax Tars/Atlantic Rock) Halifax, NS
21. Andrew Ferguson – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
22. Gradyn Bowd – (UVIC Vikes/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
23. Jacob Robinson – (St. Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB

Canada’s Coaching Staff:

Francois Ratier — Head Coach
Chris Silverthorn — Assistant Coach
James Kent — Performance Analyst
Andy Evans — Strength and Conditioning Coach
Carla Brash— Athletic Therapist
Rich Gregory — Athletic Therapist
Dr. John Gillis — Team Doctor
Mark Winokur — Team Manager

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 XV
Chile 25-22 Brazil

Round 2 – Weekend of Feb. 13 - 14, 2016
USA 30-22 Canada
Argentina XV 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 XV

Round 4 – Weekend of Feb. 27 - 28, 2016
Argentina XV 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 XV





 
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