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Canada vs Chile - ARC 2016

Canada Defeat Chile 64-13 in Final Match of ARC 2016: Finish 3rd Behind Argentina and USA


posted March 5 2016

There's lots of rugby to write about tonight, Canada's performance at the USA 7s, BC's youth teams at the Vegas Invitational and the BC leagues but this story was a good start.

This was the blowout result that was needed. Canada's men's program needed this to move forward with some confidence. They ended up in a tie with USA for points in 2nd place but due to the loss to USA in the head to head match Canada claimed 3rd. At the beginning of the tournament we said 3 wins and 2 losses was expected. So this met expectations but the scoreline in the final match exceeded expectations.

It proved a lot of things, that a domestic coach can do just as well as an import, that there are a lot of good club players in Canada who can play at this level, that the right coach building the right culture can improve the program. It's much better for Canada to end the tournament this way on a high and on the road where games are more difficult. Consider the USA, they fell apart at the end of the tournament, they hired a new high profile coach but they couldn't handle the pressure of the road trips and lost to Brazil and Uruguay to end the tournament.

I hope Rugby Canada hires a domestic coach this RWC cycle, it takes a few years for an import to fully understand the Canadian system, the politics, the infrastructure, build an effective network, understand the history and other nuances of the job. Francois Ratier was effective right away because he already understood all those things, better than Crowley did. I would like to see Ratier stay on but with the Women's World Cup coming up that won't likely happen. John Tait would be another excellent choice. Jamie Cudmore isn't quite ready yet but he's another one to keep an eye on for next RWC cycle. Hiring a big name import coach isn't going to improve Canadian rugby, Crowley proved that.

Congratulations to Francois, his coaching team and the players, you delivered and provided some momentum for the upcoming summer series.

Rugby Canada media release

Canada ran in nine tries as they concluded their Americas Rugby Championship campaign in style with a 64-13 win over Chile in Santiago Saturday.

Canada got two tries from Nick Blevins and Pat Parfrey, his first at test level, as well as Phil Mackenzie and Dan Moor. Kyle Baillie, Gordon McRorie and Brett Johnson also grabbed their first test tries. McRorie had 22 points.

“Everyone came out hard today,” Blevins said. “We knew we had one game left to finish strong and we did.”

Canada’s 64 points is the third most scored in their test history while their nine tries rank second all-time.

“I am happy for the boys because they played good rugby today,” interim head coach Francois Ratier said. “We came into that game the right way and the result showed that.”

Canada exploded for six first half tries as Calgary’s Blevins powered through a tackle inside five minutes to put Canada ahead. Chile centre Matías Nordenflycht cut the deficit to 7-6 with two quick penalties before McRorie grabbed his only penalty of the night in 12th minute.

Truro’s Brett Johnson would score his first test try two minutes later as he used his incredible pace to beat a defender before cruising in from 40 meters out. McRorie would be the next beneficiary as he collected the ball at the back of the breakdown, skipped past a defender before outrunning a final defender to get his first test try in his 18th test match.

Summerside, PEI, native Baillie would be in on the action next as he dived for the line with a Chilean defender all over him to touch down, completing a 21 point explosion in just six minutes.

Mackenzie and Parfrey would add further tries before the interval but Chilean captain Benjamín Soto would get his side’s first try of the half in the 40th minute cutting Canada’s half time lead to 43-13.

Moor would take a pop pass from McRorie in the 53rd minute as he ran in untouched for Canada’s seventh try before Blevins’ dummy sent the Chilean line the wrong way and he touched down for his eighth test try.

Canada capped a fine performance in the 76th minute as Parfrey intercepted Nicolás Venegas’ pass and breezed in before replacement scrum half Andrew Ferguson added the conversion.

Canada concludes its ARC campaign by finishing in third place on 15 points after wins over Uruguay, Brazil and Chile and defeats to USA and Argentina XV. Canada tied with the USA for second but due to the USA’s 30-22 win in Austin, Texas, in Week 2, they received the tiebreaker advantage.

“It's been rewarding for a great group of men and it has taken a real team effort over the last six weeks,” Ratier said. “I want to say a big thank you to all of our coaches and staff too during the ARC.

“We had a mix of veterans and 18 new caps during this tournament and I think we can be pleased at what we accomplished.”

Canada’s senior men’s team returns to action in June as they ‘Rise As One’ for the 2016 Summer Series for games against Japan, Russia and Toronto in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.

Tickets will be available to the general public on March 10. Head to events.rugbycanada.ca to purchase.


Canada’s Team to face Chile (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. Cam Pierce – (Pau) Vernon, BC
5. Paul Ciulini – (Aurora Barbarians/Ontario Blues) Vaughan, ON
6. Kyle Baillie – (St. Albert RFC/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
7. Alistair Clark – (Bay Street Pigs/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
8. Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Scarborough, ON
9. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10. Pat Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
11. Brett Johnson – (Truro Saints/Atlantic Rock) Truro, NS
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. Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
17. Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON
18. Ryan Kotlewski – (Calgary Saints/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
19. Clay Panga – (Westshore Valhallians/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
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. Duncan Maguire – (St. Albert RFCC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB

Unavailable due to injury:

Kyle Gilmour – (Rotherham Titans/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
Jake Ilnicki – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
Callum Morrison – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Mozac Samson – (Calgary Saints/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, 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

Chile’s team to face Canada:
1 Ramón Ayarza – ROC La Voulte
2 Manuel Gurruchaga-COBS
3 José Tomás Munita – U. Católica
4 Ignacio Álvarez – COBS
5 Raimundo Piwonka – PWCC
6 Benjamín Soto (cap) – Stade Francais
7 Javier Richard – COBS
8 Nikola Bursic – COBS
9 Juan Pablo Perrota – U. Católica
10 Cristian Onetto – COBS
11 Ítalo Zunino – COBS
12 Francisco de la Fuente - St Bagneres
13 Matías Nordenflycht – COBS
14 José Ignacio Larenas – U. Católica
15 Leonardo Montoya - Stade Rouen
16 Rodrigo Moya – PWCC
17 Nicolás Venegas –Stade Francais
18 Luis Sepúlveda –Troncos
19 Cristóbal Niedmann - PWCC
20 Francisco Hurtado – Old Georgians
21 Ignacio Silva – Stade Francais
22 Beltrán Vergara – Old Boys
23 Humberto Chacaltana – U. Católica

Scoring Details

Canada:

Tries: Nick Blevins (2), Pat Parfrey (2), Dan Moor, Kyle Baillie, Gordon McRorie, Phil Mackenzie, Brett Johnson
Conversions: Gordon McRorie (7), Andrew Ferguson
Penalties: Gordon McRorie

Chile:

Tries: Benjamín Soto
Conversion: Matías Nordenflycht
Penalties: Matías Nordenflycht (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 54-21 Canada
Brazil 24-23 USA
Chile 20-23 Uruguay

Round 5 – Weekend of March 5 - 6, 2016
Chile 13-64 Canada
Uruguay 29-25 USA
Brazil v Argentina

ARC standings:

1. Argentina XV (22 points)
2. USA (15)
3. Canada (15)
4. Uruguay (14)
5. Brazil (6)
6. Chile (5)



Canada Name Team to Face Chile on Saturday to Close Out ARC 2016


posted March 3 2016
[ed. comments below]

It's good to see Paul Ciulini back in the lineup. When you look at the level of competition so far it's a good stepping stone for U20 players. Paul Ciulini and Lucas Rumball have done well. Other names that come to mind who might have featured include Ollie Nott, Theo Sauder, Andrew Coe, Luke Bradley and a couple of the front row players. This year it was a chance to recognize old warriors who should have been capped before and to right previous wrongs, names like Mozac Samson, Clay Panga, Joe Dolesau were finally given their national honour.

Perhaps next year there will be more from the U20 graduating class and a chance to get a look at some club players who are deserving a shot before they reach 30. A new coach, a new hope, a new chance, let's hope the right person fills the job.

Rugby Canada media release

SANTIAGO, CHILE – Interim Senior Men’s Head Coach Francois Ratier has made three changes to his starting XV for Saturday’s Americas Rugby Championship finale against 27th ranked Chile.

Paul Ciulini returns to the lineup at lock in place of Kyle Baillie who will shift to blindside flanker in place of Clay Panga. Gordon McRorie returns at scrum half while Truro, N.S., native Brett Johnson makes his first test start on the wing.

“Since arriving in Chile, we’ve been working on our sets, defense and lineouts,” Ratier said. “After the Argentina XV game, the first thing we needed to do was to recover so that we had fresh minds and legs for Saturday.

“Chile is a great place to train and the facilities, people and food have been outstanding.”

Ratier sticks with the same front row as Ray Barkwill, captain Hubert Buydens and Djustice Sears-Duru keep their spots with Cam Pierce and Ciulini starting at lock. Baillie joins Alistair Clark and Lucas Rumball in the back row.

Newfoundland’s Pat Parfrey gets his second straight start at fly half while Johnson is paired with Dan Moor on the wings. 2015 Rugby World Cup duo Nick Blevins and Phil Mackenzie start at centre with Vancouver’s Brock Staller earning another start at fullback.

“Saturday’s game is a test match and it's important for international ranking points so it’s vital we close out our ARC campaign with a win,” Ratier said. “It will also validate the hard work this young team has done in the last five weeks so we’re going out there to end on a high.”

Canada heads into its final ARC game sitting in third place in the standings with a 2-2 record. Canada picked up impressive home wins against Uruguay and Brazil but fell narrowly to the USA on the road as well as losing to Argentina XV last weekend. Canada can’t win the ARC title but can still finish second with a bonus point win over Chile and a USA loss to Uruguay.

Canada is 2-0 all-time against Chile in test matches with both meetings taking place in 2002 as part of Canada’s 2003 Rugby World Cup qualifying campaign.

Canada won 27-6 in Calgary in the first matchup on August 17 with Nik Witkowski grabbing a pair of tries before winning 29-11 in Santiago two weeks later.

“Like all South American teams they like to move the ball and take risks,” Ratier said.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 5pm ET/2pm PT with streaming details still to be announced.

Canada’s Team to face Chile (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. Cam Pierce – (Pau) Vernon, BC
5. Paul Ciulini – (Aurora Barbarians/Ontario Blues) Vaughan, ON
6. Kyle Baillie – (St. Albert RFC/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
7. Alistair Clark – (Bay Street Pigs/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
8. Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Scarborough, ON
9. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10. Pat Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
11. Brett Johnson – (Truro Saints/Atlantic Rock) Truro, NS
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. Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
17. Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON
18. Ryan Kotlewski – (Calgary Saints/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
19. Clay Panga – (Westshore Valhallians/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
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. Duncan Maguire – (St. Albert RFCC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB

Unavailable due to injury:

Kyle Gilmour – (Rotherham Titans/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
Jake Ilnicki – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
Callum Morrison – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Mozac Samson – (Calgary Saints/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, 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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