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Canada v Argentina - ARC 2017


Westhills Stadium - Canada v Argentina Feb 2017
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Canada Lose Sludge Match at Westhills: Argentina 20 - Canada 6: PHOTO GALLERY ADDED


posted Feb 4 2017
[ed. comments below.]

The intent from Canada from the start seemed to be not to lose the match more than win the match. Canada didn't offer much on attack but were content to kick the ball away and rely on defence and a sludgy field to keep Argentina in check. It worked for the first 40 minutes as the teams went into the break tied at 3.



Argentina began to feel more comfortable in the frigid conditions and a few flashes of skill later saw them up 10-3. McRorie added a penalty to close the gap 10-6 but then a little later made a shocker of a kick from the standoff position to gift an attacking opportunity to Argentina. Tuclet obliged and then jinked through most of the Canadian backline down the sideline to score the final try of the match. Argentina added another penalty kick and the game ended 20-6.

There wasn't a lot of flash in the match, not unexpected considering the weather conditions but when required Argentina showed the necessary skills to put two tries on the board.

Canada will be happy with their scrum, it held up well against a team renowned for their scrummaging skills. The lineouts need work and Canada lost a few of their own throw-ins. There wasn't a lot from the halfback combination, the ball rarely got outside to the backs. Taylor Paris showed glimpses of a threat on attack and Nick Blevins stuck some tackles in the centres. The forwards put in a lot of work and kept the game close.

There will have to be something more to Canada's attacking game than kick and chase if they're to cross the try line with any frequency in future matches.


photos by Chris Wilson

from Rugby Canada

Canada lost its 2017 Americas Rugby Championship opener 20-6 to Argentina Saturday evening.

Gordon McRorie kicked two penalties for Canada while Santiago Medrano and Segundo Tuclet had tries for the visitors.

"They looked a little more organised than us," Canada's head coach Mark Anscombe said. "It was anyone's game at half time but I thought we played a poor second half and they started playing a bit more and put us under pressure."



As teams adjusted to the harsh conditions — a field covered with snow while rain fell — it meant for a sloppy first half that was filled with turnovers as the two sides could only muster a penalty each.

Domingo Miotti had given Argentina a 3-0 lead in the second minute before Lucas Rumball was shown a yellow card on the restart for an illegal hit in the air. Gordon McRorie tied things up with an 11th minute penalty.

However, Argentina struck first in the second half as Medrano gathered Miotti's grubber kick to touch down in the 50th minute for a 10-3 lead.

After McRorie cut the deficit to 10-6 in the 62nd minute, Tuclet scored on a wonderful solo effort five minutes later to extend the Argentina lead to 17-6.

"We win the ball, kick it into open space and he's beats four guys down the sideline. You're not going to win games like that," Anscombe said.

Miotti sealed victory in the 75th minute with his second penalty of the game.

"We weren't patient and went away from doing anything with the ball we had," Anscombe said. "It was individuals doing their own thing rather sticking to our structures.

"We just made some poor decisions and that played into their hands."

Canada returns to action next Saturday at Westhills Stadium as they host Chile at 8pm ET/5pm PT. Tickets are still available at http://events.rugbycanada.ca

Canada’s Men’s Team to face Argentina – Name, (Club/CRC) Hometown

1. Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
2. Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON
3. Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
4. Conor Keys – (UVic Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON
5. Liam Chisholm – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Kenora, ON
6. Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
7. Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Scarborough, ON
8. Clay Panga – (Westshore RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
9. Gordon McRorie – Captain (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10. Robbie Povey – (Bedford Athletic/Prairie Wolf Pack) Northampton, England
11. Taylor Paris – (Agen) Barrie, ON
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. Carl Pocock – (Calgary Rams/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
16. Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Rugby Club/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
17. Djustice Sears -Duru – (Glasgow Warriors/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
18. Cole Keith – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) Sussex, NB
19. Reegan O’Gorman – (Marist Albion) Vancouver, BC
20. Matt Beukeboom – (Section Paloise) Lindsay, ON
21. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
22. Guiseppe Du Toit – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Maple Ridge, BC
23. George Barton – (Clermont Espoirs) Duncan, BC

Scoring Details:

Canada

Penalties: Gordon McRorie (2)

Argentina

Tries: Santiago Medrano, Segundo Tuclet

Conversions: Domingo Miotti (2)

Penalties: Domingo Miotti (2)

Canada’s 2017 Americas Rugby Championship Schedule:

Canada 6-20 Argentina — Feb. 4
Canada vs. Chile — Feb. 11, Westhills Stadium, 8pm ET/5pm PT
Canada vs. USA — Feb. 18, Swangard Stadium, 8pm ET/5pm PT
Uruguay vs. Canada — Feb. 25, Estadio Domingo Burgueno
Brazil vs. Canada — March 3, Pacaembu Stadium



Canada Name Squad to Face Argentina on Saturday


posted Feb 2 2017
[ed. comments below]

Canada are anchoring their scrum on the shoulders of young Matt Tierney at tighthead. He has been playing sporadically with Pau's first team in France. At loosehead is veteran Rob Brouwer, Djustice Sears-Duru and Cole Keith provide backup at props. Hooker is Eric Howard, as expected Ray Barkwill is serving out his two game suspension. Back up at hooker is Benoit Piffero.

Second row are the two UVic players Liam Chisolm and Conor Keys. The Vikes have a scrum that's middle of the pack in the BC Premier so it's likely they'll be looking at mobility rather than scrum performance from the engine room. It will be interesting to watch the scrums on game day. Back up is from O'Gorman with Matt Beukeboom providing backrow cover. The starting backrow is Cejvanovic, Rumball and Panga.

At halfbacks it's veteran Gordon McRorie to young Robbie Povey, no sign of Pat Parfrey in the match day 23. Phil Mack covers at scrum half and Guiseppe du Toit can cover at #10 if required.

The backline looks capable of making a few breaks on the day with Staller and Blevins in the centres, Paris and Moor outside and veteran Carl Pocock getting the start at fullback. George Barton provides backup for the centres. It's not a test match so no first cap for the young Barton in this game.

It's a team with a mix of youth and experience. Canada lost by 33 last year in Argentina so a closer match is expected at home. The cold February weather may be a bit of a shock for the visitors, temperature is expected to be around 2 above freezing with periods of snow or rain. Temperatures in Buenos Aires are a balmy 27 degrees.

from Rugby Canada

LANGFORD, B.C. – Senior men’s head coach Mark Anscombe has named his starting XV for Saturday’s 2017 Americas Rugby Championship opener against Argentina.

The team will be captained by Gordon McRorie and features 12 players with previous test cap experience. However, Saturday’s game is not a sanctioned test match. Kickoff is 8pm ET/5pm PT and can be seen LIVE on TSN GO.

“We’ve got a young team and it’s about getting them up to speed with playing a team with the quality of Argentina,” Anscombe said. “The boys have worked hard and they’re looking forward to it.

“Argentina likes to play an open game but they know how to win the ball up front first. They’re physical and are big men who use their set pieces. It’s going to be a big challenge for us.”

Rob Brouwer, Eric Howard and Matt Tierney will form the front row for Canada with Conor Keys and Liam Chisholm starting at lock. Lucas Rumball starts at openside flanker with Burnaby’s Admir Cejvanovic at blindside. Calgary’s Clay Panga starts at No. 8.

McRorie starts at scrum-half while Robbie Povey gets the nod at fly-half. Taylor Paris and Dan Moor start on the wings with Nick Blevins and Brock Staller in the centres. Calgary’s Carl Pocock starts at fullback. Last year, Canada lost 54-21 to Argentina in Rosario. Moor and Andrew Ferguson (2) had tries for Canada while Ferguson slotted all three conversions.

In 2016, Canada finished third after wins over Uruguay, Brazil and Chile. In last year’s tournament, 19 players earned their first test cap for Canada. The tournament has proven to be a quality breeding ground for players with many of last year’s debutants going on to play for Canada during the RISEAsOne Summer Series in June and the annual November Tour.

“We can take heart from our third place finish last year,” Anscombe said. “We’ve got to look at ourselves and our depth and development as a team because this is all about building up to June for our World Cup qualifier so this is a good stepping stone for that.”

Replays of Saturday’s match can also be seen on TSN 1 Saturday night at 11pm ET/8pm PT as well as on Feb. 7 at 12pm ET/9am PT on TSN 2.

Canada will also host Chile on Feb. 11 at Westhills Stadium in Langford before hosting USA on Feb. 18 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby. Tickets are available by clicking here.

Canada’s Men’s Team to face Argentina – Name, (Club/CRC) Hometown

1. Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
2. Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON
3. Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
4. Conor Keys – (UVic Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON
5. Liam Chisholm – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Kenora, ON
6. Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
7. Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Scarborough, ON
8. Clay Panga – (Westshore RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
9. Gordon McRorie – Captain (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10. Robbie Povey – (Bedford Athletic/Prairie Wolf Pack) Northampton, England
11. Taylor Paris – (Agen) Barrie, ON
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. Carl Pocock – (Calgary Rams/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
16. Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Rugby Club/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
17. Djustice Sears -Duru – (Glasgow Warriors/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
18. Cole Keith – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) Sussex, NB
19. Reegan O’Gorman – (Marist Albion) Vancouver, BC
20. Matt Beukeboom – (Section Paloise) Lindsay, ON
21. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
22. Guiseppe Du Toit – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Maple Ridge, BC
23. George Barton – (Clermont Espoirs) Duncan, BC

Canada’s 2017 Americas Rugby Championship Schedule:

Canada vs. Argentina — Feb. 4, Westhills Stadium, 8pm ET/5pm PT
Canada vs. Chile — Feb. 11, Westhills Stadium, 8pm ET/5pm PT
Canada vs. USA — Feb. 18, Swangard Stadium, 8pm ET/5pm PT
Uruguay vs. Canada — Feb. 25, Estadio Domingo Burgueno
Brazil vs. Canada — March 3, Pacaembu Stadium





 
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