Canada vs USA - ARC 2017

February 18 2017


Taylor Paris scores two vs USA - ARC 2017
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USA Trump Canada 51-34 in Burnaby: Seven Tries to Five


posted Feb 18 2017
[ed. comments below]

Canada have never had to qualify for a Rugby World Cup through a repechage process, it was always the USA who had to play Uruguay to earn the last Americas spot. This World Cup, the 2019 World Cup in Japan, may be different if recent results are a valid predictor. USA have won five in a row now over Canada including a dominant win in Burnaby tonight.

In the battle of kiwi coaches, Mitchell for USA vs Anscombe for Canada, Mitchell came out ahead. USA came out fast and were up 15-0 early on. Suspect defence from Canada out wide was the culprit, a player shooting up on defence but failing to make the tackle would be symptomatic of the loss - the heart was there but the execution lacking.

Some positives from the match? Home town hero Admir Cejvanovic played his best game wearing the Canada red jersey. He ran with intent and was a force with ball in hand. Taylor Paris, the consummate pro, was lethal when he had space and scored two tries. Phil Mack tried to keep the ball moving on attack and scored a try in the process. George Barton maintained his one try per match streak as a sub off the bench.



What didn't work for Canada? We were out muscled in the forwards, when USA had maul opportunities they looked good, the Canadian maul defence, as it was last year, was poor. When Canada had maul opportunities, it rarely was effective and was easily contained. USA won the contest at the breakdown most times and they were clearing out well beyond the ball, Canada left a few runners isolated. The lineout was not working well, Canada were 2 for 5 on their own throws in the first half and their lineout defence was anemic. At the last World Cup Canada had the worst lineout defensive stats, it may be time to look at the coaching staff handling that aspect of the game and make some changes.

The starting backline, except for Paris, were very quiet. Povey at #10 made one nice chip kick to setup Barton's try but beside that did little to claim the spot moving forward.

The refereeing was substandard as well, Damián Schneider from Argentina was inconsistent, sometimes harsh on calls for offside and not rolling away at the ruck but other times ignoring obvious infractions. He had a shocker of a call on Barkwill that impacted the match, he issued a yellow card to Barkwill for not wrapping in the tackle but replays showed that was not the case. USA scored twice during the man advantage.

Looking ahead at the World Cup qualifiers, Canada will need to add some beef to the forward pack, Olmstead, Sinclair and Cudmore. They need Connor Braid back at #10, Ciaran Hearn in the centres, DTH on the wing.

Canada now head to South America to play Uruguay and Brazil, if they don't beat USA in the two game RWC qualifier in June/July they may be meeting one of these teams in 2018 to qualify for Japan 2019.

from Rugby Canada

BURNABY — Canada and the USA combined for 12 tries as the USA claimed a 51-34 win over Canada at Swangard Stadium.

Mike Te'o had a hat-trick for the USA while Canada got tries from Taylor Paris (2), George Barton, Phil Mack and Admir Cejvanovic.

"They were the better team," Canada's head coach Mark Anscombe said. "They protected the ball and attacked better than us."

It was a blistering start for the USA who jumped out to a 12-0 lead inside six minutes as Ryan Matras and Te'o each dotted down before Will Magie added a penalty.

"Conceding two tries that quick is not acceptable," Anscombe said. "It was just poor from us."

Canada composed themselves though and got on the scoreboard in the 14'th minute as Paris took a pass from Robbie Povey, who had darted through the USA line, to touch down in the corner for his 13th test try.

Mack grabbed Canada's second try in the 20th minute as he slipped off the back of a scrum to cut the lead to 15-12.

After the teams traded penalties, Ray Barkwill was sent to the sin bin in the 38th minute for failing to wrap up in the tackle resulting in Tony Purpura scoring right before the break for a 25-15 lead.

"I think it was just unlucky," Barkwill said. "We never felt like we were out of the game."

After Te'o added his second try five minutes into the second half before USA captain Todd Clever extended the lead to 37-15, Canada found life as Paris skipped through the USA defence for his second of the night in the 58th minute.

However, momentum was lost in the 65th minute as John Quill scored before Barton had his second test try as he was the beneficiary of a lovely chip by Povey over the USA defence.

Te'o would complete his hat-trick in the 71st minute before hometown boy Admir Cejvanovic grabbed his first test try with three minutes remaining to close out a pulsating affair.

"We stayed in the fight all game long," Barkwill said. "We just need that defencive thing to show up a bit."

Saturday's game was the final meeting between the two sides before their pivotal Rugby World Cup qualifier later this year.

Canada returns to action next Saturday when they travel to South America to face Uruguay.

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

1. Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
2. Ray Barkwill – Captain (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
4. Conor Keys – (UVic Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON
5. Reegan O’Gorman – (Marist Albion) Vancouver, BC
6. Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Scarborough, ON
7. Ollie Nott – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Qualicum, BC
8. Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
9. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
10. Robbie Povey – (Bedford Athletic/Prairie Wolf Pack) Northampton, England
11. Taylor Paris – (Agen) Barrie, ON
12. Guiseppe Du Toit – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Maple Ridge, BC
13. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
14. Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
15. Brock Staller – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
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. Liam Chisholm – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Kenora, ON
20. Lucas Albornoz – (Burnaby Lake RC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
21. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
22. Gradyn Bowd – (UVIC Vikes/Prairie Wolf Pack) Red Deer, AB
23. George Barton – (Clermont Espoirs) Duncan, BC

Canada’s 2017 Americas Rugby Championship Schedule:

Canada 6-20 Argentina — Feb. 4, Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC
Canada 36-15 Chile — Feb. 11, Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC
Canada 34-51 USA — Feb. 18, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, BC
Uruguay vs. Canada — Feb. 25, Estadio Domingo Burgueno, Uruguay
Brazil vs. Canada — March 3, Pacaembu Stadium, Brazil

Scoring Details:

Canada

Tries: Taylor Paris (2), Phil Mack, George Barton, Admir Cejvanovic
Penalties: Robbie Povey
Conversions: Robbie Povey, Gordon McRorie (2)

USA

Tries: Mike Te'o (3), Ryan Matras, Tony Purpura, Todd Clever, John Quill
Penalties: Will Magie, Shaun Davies
Conversions: Shaun Davies



Barkwill to Captain Canada vs USA on Saturday at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby


posted Feb 16 2017
[ed. comments below]

The introduction of Barkwill back into the lineup should add some grit to the Canadian performance. He's a good choice as captain, he brings the passion, he just needs to keep his cool when required so there are no unnecessary cards.

Bringing Phil Mack into the starting #9 position indicates that Anscombe plans on going on attack from the beginning and not settling into a game of attrition as he did with Argentina. This is a game that needs to be pursued as a win from the beginning instead of settling back and hoping the other team makes key errors. Canada on home soil needs to set the tone of the match.

It's a strong domestic lineup, the one area that merits additional comment is at #10. Will this game be Povey's claim to the #10 jersey or will it be even more unclear after the match. Connor Braid was the strongest domestic contender at #10 before being picked up by Worcester, Pat Parfrey remains out of the roster, and Theo Sauder at UBC is probably the top contender that hasn't been given a shot so far.

It should be an entertaining match as there is always a lot of passion on the line in a north v south encounter. Live coverage is on TSN GO again at 5pm PT.

from Rugby Canada

BURNABY, B.C. – Canada’s Senior Men’s Head Coach Mark Anscombe has made five changes to his starting roster ahead of Saturday’s Americas Rugby Championship clash against the USA at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby.

Rob Brouwer, Ray Barkwill, Reegan O’Gorman, Phil Mack and Robbie Povey all come into the starting XV. It will mark O’Gorman and Povey’s first test starts for Canada.

“The boys have worked hard this week so we’ll go in with some confidence to back ourselves to do what we need to do,” Anscombe said. “They have a more experience squad than we have and they’ve had a couple of good wins. They’ve played some good rugby and wins builds confidence.”

Brouwer and Barkwill, who will captain Canada, replace Djustice Sears-Duru and Benoit Piffero in the front row and will be joined by Matt Tierney. Conor Keys makes his third straight ARC start and will be joined by O’Gorman at lock. Lucas Rumball, Ollie Nott and Burnaby native Admir Cejvanovic form the backrow.

Mack replaces Gordon McRorie at scrum-half with Povey taking over at fly-half in place of Gradyn Bowd. Taylor Paris and Dan Moor man the wings with Nick Blevins and Guiseppe du Toit in the centres. Vancouver’s Brock Staller starts at fullback.

“It’s always a special game and there’s a lot of new guys in the squad who have never played against the States,” Paris said. “They understand the rivalry but it’s different when you get actually get a crack at them. As long as we get the win it doesn’t matter what else happens.”

Lucas Albornoz is named as a replacement and could make his test debut Saturday if he plays. Saturday’s game marks the last time the two sides will meet before their pivotal Rugby World Cup qualifier later this year. Details for the two-game series has yet to be announced.

“Both teams will have a number of players out for this weekend’s game,” Anscombe said. “But you want to go into the game with confidence so both teams will want to get one up. It won’t have a major factor but it will give confidence to the winning team.”

Canada comes into Saturday’s game with a 38-16-1 record all-time against their rivals south of the border. However, the USA has won the last five match-ups, including last year’s ARC clash that was won 30-22 in Texas.

Canada last beat the USA 13-11 in the second leg of their Rugby World Cup qualifier in 2013. Before the USA’s recent run of victories, Canada had won the previous seven encounters dating back to 2009. Canada currently sits third in the ARC table after a 20-6 loss to Argentina and a 36-15 win over Chile last weekend. The USA is tied for first after beating Uruguay 29-23 and Brazil 51-3 in their first two games.

Saturday’s game can be seen LIVE on TSN GO at 8pm ET/5pm PT and the match will also be replayed on TSN 2 on Feb. 19 at 1pm ET/10am PT. Tickets are still available at http://events.rugbycanada.ca

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

1. Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
2. Ray Barkwill – Captain (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
4. Conor Keys – (UVic Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON
5. Reegan O’Gorman – (Marist Albion) Vancouver, BC
6. Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Scarborough, ON
7. Ollie Nott – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Qualicum, BC
8. Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
9. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
10. Robbie Povey – (Bedford Athletic/Prairie Wolf Pack) Northampton, England
11. Taylor Paris – (Agen) Barrie, ON
12. Guiseppe Du Toit – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Maple Ridge, BC
13. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
14. Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
15. Brock Staller – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
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. Liam Chisholm – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Kenora, ON
20. Lucas Albornoz – (Burnaby Lake RC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
21. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
22. Gradyn Bowd – (UVIC Vikes/Prairie Wolf Pack) Red Deer, AB
23. George Barton – (Clermont Espoirs) Duncan, BC

2017 Americas Rugby Championship Standings (through two rounds):

Argentina – 9 points
USA – 9 points
Canada – 5 points
Brazil – 4 points
Uruguay – 1 point
Chile – 0 points

Canada’s 2017 Americas Rugby Championship Schedule:

Canada 6-20 Argentina — Feb. 4, Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC
Canada 36-15 Chile — Feb. 11, Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC, 8pm ET/5pm PT
Canada vs. USA — Feb. 18, Swangard Stadium, Langford, BC, 8pm ET/5pm PT
Uruguay vs. Canada — Feb. 25, Estadio Domingo Burgueno, Uruguay
Brazil vs. Canada — March 3, Pacaembu Stadium, Brazil

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