Canada Lose Another Close One 25-23 to Samoa
posted Nov 25 2016
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A reader summed it up well in an email post match, "What a heartbreak, 2 missed conversions and a few silly penalties. Too bad as it would have moved us up in the standings."
The game was played without a TMO - another Tier 2 treatment. A TMO would have been beneficial to Canada in this match as the referee and assistants missed a few flying elbows from the Samoans, in particular the incident where Cudmore was given a yellow.
Canada were down 16-6 at the half but scored all the tries in the second half, outscoring Samoa 3 tries to 1 overall. In the end it was the kicking game that won it for Samoa. DTH has proven himself again to be a deadly finisher, working off kicks from Mack and Braid to score his tries.
Canada were turned over a few too many times at the breakdown and the work at securing the rucks could have been better, something we noticed in the women's game as well. Refereeing in Canada has to keep in touch with World Rugby standards in allowing robust contests at the breakdown thereby rewarding physical play when it is within the law.
A final note on attitude as these losses continue to mount on the men's side. The expression, "but they're a fully professional side" has to stop. It starts from the top with Jim Dixon and Gareth Rees continually going with that excuse, then players like Taylor Paris and Connor Braid repeat it when interviewed. It ends up permeating the entire team culture and the team is almost defeated before they step on the field. In reality the player who beat them is 19 years old, D’Angelo Leuila, who kicked 20 points and is not fully professional. He played in Southland's premier club competition and with Papatoetoe the season before.
Canada's next outing will be at the Americas Rugby Championship in February. Canada have three home games in that tournament on Feb 4th and 11th in Langford and Feb 18th in Burnaby.
Tries: DTH van der Merwe (2), Evan Olmstead
Conversions: Connor Braid
Penalties: Connor Braid (2)
Tries: Paul Perez
Conversions: D’Angelo Leuila
Penalties: D’Angelo Leuila (4)
Drop Goals: D’Angelo Leuila (2) from Samoa facebook page
Manu Samoa finish their Northern Hemisphere tour with a morale boosting 25-23 win over a fast finishing Canada who clawed their way back from a 16-6 halftime deficit to score two tries when Samoa was down to 14 men after Taiasina Tuifua was yellow carded, to almost steal the match. Luckily, D'angelo Leuila in his first start kept Samoa ahead with his accurate boot top scoring for the Manu with a personal haul of 20 points to go with Paul Perez's first half try. Coach Namulaaulu Alama Ieremia will now review the tour and what improvements need to be made for 2017 campaign. from Rugby Canada
GRENOBLE — Canada concluded its 2016 November Tour with a narrow 25-23 defeat to Samoa in Grenoble, France Friday night.
Canada got two tries from DTH van der Merwe while Evan Olmstead scored his first test try for his country. Connor Braid kicked eight points.
Samoa got 20 points off of the foot of D’Angelo Leuila while Paul Perez had their lone try.
Perez opened the scoring in the eighth minute as he touched down in the corner after a swift counter-attack by the Samoans left Canada reeling.
Leuila quickly added to the lead two minutes later as he struck a drop goal to make it 10-0 before making it 13-0 in the 14th minute with his first penalty of the night.
Canada got themselves back into the game though as Braid got his side on the board with a 16th minute penalty to make it 13-3 but eight minutes later the Samoan lead was 16-3 as Leuila struck another penalty.
Braid cut the deficit to 10 points before the interval however and despite a positive start to the second half from the Canadians, it was Leuila getting the first points of the second frame as he slotted a 50th minute penalty.
A 56th minute yellow card to Taiasina Tuifu'a became the catalyst for Canada as they took the ensuing lineout to just a meter out before Olmstead quickly touched down on the line to make it 19-11.
Veteran Jamie Cudmore was harshly sent to the sin bin in the 62nd minute as he and Samoan centre Winston Stanley had a shoving match but it was only the Canadian who would take a 10 minute breather.
Despite losing a man, Canada roared on and two minutes later it was van der Merwe scoring after Phil Mack's box kick took a favourable bounce and the Canadian winger was in for his 22nd test try.
Leuila would again kick a drop goal to push Samoa's lead to 22-16 before a 73rd minute penalty extended their advantage but Canada battled on and were rewarded in the 79th minute as van der Merwe collected Braid's cross-field kick to score. Despite a valiant effort, Canada was unable to muster anything in the closing moments of the match, falling 25-23 to No. 14 ranked Samoa.
With his two tries, van der Merwe is now just one test try behind Winston Stanley's Canadian record of 24.
Cudmore Returns for Canada in Final Match of November Tour
posted Nov 24 2016
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A final chance for Canada to claim some ranking points and restore a bit of self belief as they face Samoa on Friday. Samoa have struggled as well losing 52-8 to France and then 20-16 to Georgia. SAMCANFR by favorizproduction
Canada's backline production has been anaemic, outside of Matt Evan's try against Ireland, Canada haven't been able to create scoring chances out wide. Nick Blevins gets his first start of the tour and teams up with Ciaran Hearn in the centres. Out wide Connor Trainor replaces Taylor Paris while DTH remains at the other wing, Matt Evans continues at fullback.
Service to the backline will come from Phil Mack, replacing Gordon McRorie who sits out this match. Andrew Ferguson provides backup. The Bays connection of Mack to Braid will hopefully add a spark to the backline attack.
Up front Djustice moves to the bench and Rob Brouwer takes the role of loosehead. Ilnicki and Barkwill maintain their spots. Jamie Cudmore comes back into the lineup in the second row, teaming with Beukeboom, giving Evan Olmstead more influence in loose play as blindside flanker. Matt Heaton returns at openside. Admir Cejvanovic again gets the start at #8.
It's the best configuration possible with the manpower available. The addition of Cudmore with Olmstead at flanker should add some grit to the forwards' play. If the backline can click then Canada have a good chance at the upset. The match will purportedly be streamed by World Rugby with details to follow. from Rugby Canada
GRENOBLE, FRANCE —Jamie Cudmore will return to Canada’s senior men’s team for Friday’s November Tour finale against Samoa. Cudmore missed the first two games of Canada’s tour due to injury but has now been recalled to the starting XV.
Rob Brouwer, Phil Mack, Nick Blevins and Ciaran Hearn also receive starts as head coach Mark Anscombe makes five changes. Brouwer joins Ray Barkwill and Jake Ilnicki in the front row while Brett Beukeboom starts opposite Cudmore at lock.
Evan Olmstead shifts to blindside flanker while Heaton again gets the nod at openside with Burnaby’s Admir Cejvanovic starting his second straight game at No. 8. Mack replaces Gordon McRorie at scrum-half while Connor Braid again starts at fly-half. Conor Trainor joins captain DTH van der Merwe on the wings while Blevins and Hearn form the centre duo. Matt Evans occupies his usual spot at fullback.
Conor Keys is named to the bench again as he hopes to earn his first test cap for Canada while Matt Tierney and Andrew Ferguson earn recalls. Canada, ranked 18th in the world, will be looking to finish their tour on a high after losses to Ireland (54-21) and Romania (21-16). In five previous attempts, Canada has never beaten Samoa.
The two sides met last year at BMO Field in Toronto as part of the 2015 Pacific Nations Cup where Samoa stole victory with a last minute try to claim a 21-20 win. Fourteenth ranked Samoa are also winless on their November Tour after a heavy 52-8 defeat to France and a 20-16 loss to Georgia.
Friday’s match takes place from the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble France with kickoff at 2pm ET/11am PT. Due to the match being hosted in a neutral country, World Rugby is producing the LIVE stream and details will be announced later today.
Canada’s Roster vs. Samoa (Name, club, hometown):
1. Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
2. Ray Barkwill – (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Jake Ilnicki – (Manawatu Turbos/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
4. Jamie Cudmore – (Oyonnax) Squamish, BC
5. Brett Beukeboom – (Cornish Pirates) Lindsay, ON
6. Evan Olmstead – (Newcastle Falcons/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
7. Matt Heaton – (Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock) Godmanchester, QC
8. Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
9. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
10. Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
11. Conor Trainor – (RC Vannes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
12. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish) Conception Bay, NL
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. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Glasgow Warriors/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
18. Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
19. Conor Keys – (UVIC Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON
20. Clay Panga – (Westshore RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
21. Andrew Ferguson – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
22. Pat Parfrey – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
23. Ben Lesage – (UBC Thunderbirds/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
Unavailable for selection:
Tyler Ardron – (Ospreys) Lakefield, ON
Kyle Baillie – (Westshore RFC/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
Hubert Buydens – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
Aaron Carpenter – Captain (London Welsh/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON
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
Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
Taylor Paris - (Agen) Barrie, 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 14-21 Romania — Nov. 19
Canada vs. Samoa — Nov. 25 —Stade des Alpes, Grenoble — 2pm ET/11am PT