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Canada vs Romania November 2016


DTH vs Ireland November 2016
© Ian Muir

Canada Lose Again to Romania 21-16: Phil Mack Scores Lone Try


posted Nov 19 2016
[ed. comments below]

This is the fifth straight loss to Romania, four on November tours and the one at the 2015 World Cup (Nov 2005, Nov 2013, Nov 2014, Oct 2015 (RWC), Nov 2016). The last win was at the 1995 World Cup, 34-3 in Canada's favour. Canadian fans can allow themsleves a bit of nostalgia by watching Al Charron's try below from the Canada v Romania game at RWC 1995.



The clever backline play from 1995 is sorely missing from the Canada team in 2016, at least the men's team, the women's team showed plenty of enterprise and handling skills out wide today. It was the most frustrating part of watching this match as Canada were expected to dominate in backline play with the talent they have along with Romania's reputation for static forward play. It was in fact the Romanian backs who showed the enterprise and flair.

The one bright spot was provided by Phil Mack who subbed in for McRorie in the second half. He upped the tempo of the match and crossed the line for Canada's only try.

The refereeing was terrible, Shuhei Kubo of Japan was oblivious to the offside line for most of the match. The assistant referees didn't provide any support in that area. Canada can't blame the loss on the poor reffing though as Romania were the better team today. Canada finish out the tour on Friday against Samoa in Grenoble, France.

Scoring Summary:

Canada:

Tries: Phil Mack
Conversions: Connor Braid
Penalties: Gordon McRorie (3)

Romania:

Tries: Florin Vlaicu, Ionut Dumitru
Conversions: Florin Vlaicu
Penalties: Florin Vlaicu (3)

from Rugby Canada

BUCHAREST, Romania — Canada’s men’s rugby team fell 21-16 to Romania in the second match of their November Tour Saturday in Bucharest.

Phil Mack scored Canada's lone try while Gordon McRorie kicked three penalties and Connor Braid added one conversion. Romania's Florin Vlaicu scored 16 of his side's 21 points.

Canada started the better side, buoyed by Taylor Paris winning the opening kickoff before McRorie slotted Canada ahead just two minutes in with a penalty.

However, Romania came fighting back and should have had two tries if not for outstanding defensive work by DTH van der Merwe and Matt Evans. Yet they would find their first try on the third attempt as Vlaicu powered over a McRorie tackle to touch down before converting himself.

After Vlaicu and McRorie exchanged penalties, Canada thought they had their first try of the game as Conor Trainor collected a loose ball off a high kick but it was determind the ball had been knocked on by Paris' shoudler.

Romania had their second try in the 24th minute as scrum-half Florin Surugiu chipped behind the Canadian back line and Ionut Dumitru was the beneficiary to push the lead to 15-6 before Vlaicu's penalty made it 18-6 at the break.

Canada came roaring out of the gates in the second half and despite an endless wave of phases inside the Romanian 22, they couldn't find a try. Vlaicu pushed Romania's lead to 21-6 before McRorie grabbed his third penalty of the night.

Mack would touch down for Canada in the 74th minute after Connor Braid was stopped just short of the try line but Canada couldn't muster any more offence as they narrowly lost to Romania for the third time in as many years. Canada concludes its November Tour Friday against Samoa. Kickoff is 3pm ET/12pm PT with broadcast details to be confirmed.

Canada’s Roster vs. Romania (Name, club, hometown):

1. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Glasgow Warriors/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
2. Ray Barkwill – (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Jake Ilnicki – (Manawatu Turbos/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
4. Brett Beukeboom – (Cornish Pirates) Lindsay, ON
5. Evan Olmstead – (Newcastle Falcons/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
6. Kyle Baillie – (Westshore RFC/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
7. Matt Heaton – (Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock) Godmanchester, QC
8. Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
9. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10. Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
11. Taylor Paris - (Agen) Barrie, ON
12. Ben Lesage – (UBC Thunderbirds/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Conor Trainor – (RC Vannes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
14. DTH van der Merwe – Captain (Scarlets) Victoria, BC
15. Matt Evans – (Cornish Pirates) Maple Bay, BC
16. Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON
17. Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
18. Ryan Kotlewski – (Westshore RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
19. Conor Keys – (UVIC Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON
20. Clay Panga – (Westshore RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
21. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
22. Pat Parfrey – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
23. Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish) Conception Bay, NL

Unavailable for selection:

Tyler Ardron – (Ospreys) Lakefield, ON
Hubert Buydens – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
Aaron Carpenter – (London Welsh/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON
Jamie Cudmore – (Oyonnax) Squamish, BC
Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
Kyle Gilmour – (St. Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
Jeff Hassler – (Ospreys) Okotoks, AB
Jamie Mackenzie - (UBCOB Ravens/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
Phil Mackenzie – (Unattached/Ontario Blues), Oakville, ON
Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Cam Pierce – (Section Paloise/Kelowna Crows) Vernon, BC
Jebb Sinclair – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Fredericton, NB
Andrew Tiedemann – (Bourgoin/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
Jordan Wilson-Ross - (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Alliston, ON

Men’s Coaching Staff:

Mark Anscombe – Head Coach
Graeme Moffat – Assistant Coach
Mike Shelley – Scrum Coach
Aaron Takel – Performance Analyst
Michael Deasy – Strength and Conditioning
Mallory White – Physiotherapist
Jessica Smith – Physiotherapist
Dr. Peet Du Toit – Doctor
Mark Winokur – Tour Manager
Alana Gattinger – Operations & Logistics Manager

Canada’s November Tour Schedule:

Canada 21-52 Ireland — Nov. 12
Canada 16-21 Romania — Nov. 19
Canada vs. Samoa — Nov. 25 —Stade des Alpes, Grenoble — 3pm ET/12pm PT



Canada Announce Team to Face Romania - DTH Named Captain


posted Nov 18th 2016
[ed. comments below]

This is the key game of the tour. Ireland was for the alikadoos and the thrill of playing in front of 50,000 for the players. Canada played well for stretches but were never going to win the game. This is another matter. This game is up for grabs and a reflection of where Canada are in their progression. Canada are currently ranked 18th at 64.53, USA 17th at 65.21 and Romania 16th at 69.12. A win for Canada would be a vindication for new coach Anscombe as previous coach Kieran Crowley lost all three matches to Romania while in charge.

The front row remains the same Djustice, Barkwill, Ilnicki. They did a reasonable job in the first half against Ireland but perhaps Anscombe will consider bringing in replacements a little sooner this match if they tire. Ryan Kotlewski gets a spot on the bench as cover along with Howard and Brouwer.

The second row also remains unchanged with Olmstead and Beukeboom earning their spots. Conor Keys provides backup from the bench.

The loose forwards see two changes, Aaron Carpenter was injured against Ireland and is replaced by Admir Cejvanovic. A big step up for the Burnaby player who could put his mark on the position with a big game. He's been a bit rusty in certain areas like pickup from the back of the scrum but hopefully with more playing time at this level he'll settle into the role. Matthew Heaton take the place of Lucas Rumball at openside, no word on the status of Rumball as he's not in the match day 23. Veteran Clay Panga provides backup.

The halfbacks remain the same with McRorie to Braid. Phil Mack and Pat Parfrey remain ready to take on the role of impact subs.

Ciaran Hearn is left off the starting lineup and Ben Lesage gets the start along with Conor Trainor. Lesage is an exciting player and hopefully the midfield gets more ball in space this game.

The back three remain unchanged and performed well last match accounting for all three tries. DTH takes the captain's role and Matt Evans remains at fullback while Taylor Paris keeps his wing positon.

According to Rugby Canada the game will be on TSN2 and TSN GO.



from Rugby Canada

BUCHAREST, Romania — Canada’s senior men’s head coach Mark Anscombe has made three changes to his starting XV for Saturday’s test match against Romania.

Ben Lesage will make his test debut at inside centre while Admir Cejvanovic and Matt Heaton make their first test starts for Canada. DTH van der Merwe will captain the side. The game can be seen LIVE on TSN 2 and TSN GO at 11am ET/8am PT.

Anscombe has made no changes up front as Djustice Sears-Duru, Ray Barkwill and Jake Ilnicki occupy the front row with Brett Beukeboom and Evan Olmstead starting at lock. Heaton joins Kyle Baillie at flanker while Cejvanovic, who made his test debut off the bench against Ireland, replaces the injured Aaron Carpenter at No. 8.

Gordon McRorie, who nailed all three conversions against Ireland, starts at scrum-half with Connor Braid getting his second consecutive start at fly-half. Taylor Paris and van der Merwe maintain their spots on the wing while Conor Trainor is joined by Ben Lesage at centre as the Calgary native will earn his first test cap Saturday. Matt Evans maintains his place at fullback.

Lesage was with Canada during their RISEAsOne Summer Series but failed to make his test debut during the three-match series. He was part of the Canada ‘A’ tour to the UK as well as playing in the Americas Pacific Challenge last month where he scored four tries in just three games.

There’s also the opportunity for Conor Keys to make his test debut as the Stittsville, Ont., native is named as a replacement. Saturday’s match is a rematch from last year’s Rugby World Cup where Romania came back from a 15-0 deficit to sneak past Canada 17-15.

Canada is 2-4 all-time against Romania with their last victory coming at the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Romania has won the past four matchups.

Canada’s Roster vs. Romania (Name, club, hometown):

1. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Glasgow Warriors/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
2. Ray Barkwill – (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Jake Ilnicki – (Manawatu Turbos/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
4. Brett Beukeboom – (Cornish Pirates) Lindsay, ON
5. Evan Olmstead – (Newcastle Falcons/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
6. Kyle Baillie – (Westshore RFC/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
7. Matt Heaton – (Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock) Godmanchester, QC
8. Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
9. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10. Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
11. Taylor Paris - (Agen) Barrie, ON
12. Ben Lesage – (UBC Thunderbirds/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Conor Trainor – (RC Vannes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
14. DTH van der Merwe – Captain (Scarlets) Victoria, BC
15. Matt Evans – (Cornish Pirates) Maple Bay, BC
16. Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON
17. Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
18. Ryan Kotlewski – (Westshore RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
19. Conor Keys – (UVIC Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON
20. Clay Panga – (Westshore RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
21. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
22. Pat Parfrey – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
23. Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish) Conception Bay, NL

Unavailable for selection:

Tyler Ardron – (Ospreys) Lakefield, ON
Hubert Buydens – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
Aaron Carpenter – (London Welsh/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON
Jamie Cudmore – (Oyonnax) Squamish, BC
Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
Kyle Gilmour – (St. Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
Jeff Hassler – (Ospreys) Okotoks, AB
Jamie Mackenzie - (UBCOB Ravens/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
Phil Mackenzie – (Unattached/Ontario Blues), Oakville, ON
Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Cam Pierce – (Section Paloise/Kelowna Crows) Vernon, BC
Jebb Sinclair – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Fredericton, NB
Andrew Tiedemann – (Bourgoin/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
Jordan Wilson-Ross - (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Alliston, ON

Men’s Coaching Staff:

Mark Anscombe – Head Coach
Graeme Moffat – Assistant Coach
Mike Shelley – Scrum Coach
Aaron Takel – Performance Analyst
Michael Deasy – Strength and Conditioning
Mallory White – Physiotherapist
Jessica Smith – Physiotherapist
Dr. Peet Du Toit – Doctor
Mark Winokur – Tour Manager
Alana Gattinger – Operations & Logistics Manager

Canada’s November Tour Schedule:

Canada 21-52 Ireland — Nov. 12
Canada vs. Romania — Nov. 19 — Stadionul Arcul de Triumf, Bucharest — 11am ET/8am PT
Canada vs. Samoa — Nov. 25 —Stade des Alpes, Grenoble — 3pm ET/12pm PT





 
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