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Canada v Romania 2017

Canada Dismal in 25-9 Loss to 14-Man Romania: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS ADDED


posted June 18 2017
[ed. comments below]



There's not a lot to write about the match, basically Canada with 15 players couldn't defeat Romania with 14 players after Romania received a red card at 23 minutes. Canada had a man advantage for the entire second half and were outscored 18-3. We've gone over in detail the problems with the management of the men's XVs program so there's no point in rehashing that but the poor results just keep piling up. Over the last two games Canada have just been able to kick 3 penalties in 160 minutes of rugby. The rugby faithful were mortified when we fell behind Germany, Uruguay and Namibia in the rankings, well Hong Kong just gained a little ground on Canada with this loss.



The fans are angry as well, just scroll the comments section of Rugby Canada's facebook post. There are 57 comments to date and these two are typical, "Hard to watch. What a mess. When is the 7s on again? Or the women?" and "Rugby Canada will just keep preaching the status quo, the club's keep handing them money and they keep squandering it and giving nothing back, while rugby in Canada falls farther and farther behind. Heads need to roll at Rugby Canada."

Here was the postgame reaction from coach and #8, the more important conversation seems to be the number of caps but the conversation eventually gets to the match itself.


Rugby Canada at the time of writing haven't put up any match highlights on their YouTube channel but their match report is below. TSN2 showed the game live but there doesn't seem to be any archive version available. We'll post that here if and when it becomes available. Also the Edmonton Journal report is appended below [ed. the author's reference to Dyth Vandermerwe is likely his interpretation of DTH].

from Rugby Canada

EDMONTON — Canada were beaten 25-9 by Romania Saturday in Edmonton in their final game before their 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifying series.

Canada got three penalties from Gordon McRorie but also had two tries disallowed in a fierce contest that saw a red card and two yellows.

“I thought it was a very poor performance,” head coach Mark Anscombe said. “We didn’t do anything we set out to do and that’s disappointing.

“We played poorly against 14 men today but credit to them. They showed spirit and played with more energy than we did.

Saturday’s game also featured an historic moment as Aaron Carpenter became Canada’s all-time test caps leader with 77, passing Al Charron’s previous record.

“I respect Al so much and to finally beat his record is huge for me,” Carpenter said. “But I am glad it’s over and can now focus on playing more games.”

It was a promising start for Canada as they thought they had scored in the corner through co-captain DTH van der Merwe but after a TMO review, it was deemed van der Merwe was just out of play.

Canada made the pressure count though as McRorie kicked his side ahead 3-0 in the 12th minute but Romania stormed back to grab the first try of the game through Viorel Lucaci after Johannes Van Heerden had burst through the game line.

However, the 23rd minute saw a red card for Romania’s Otar Turashvili after punching Canada’s Tyler Ardron. On the same play, Ardron saw yellow.

From the ensuing penalty, McRorie cut the Romania lead to 7-6, a lead the visitors would take into the break.

It was an exceptional start to the second half for Romania as they scored less than a minute in through Fonovai Tangimana before McRorie hit back with another penalty to make it 14-9.

Florin Vlaicu’s penalty made it 17-9 before controversy struck again. Van der Merwe seemed to win a high ball from a cross-field kick and a few phases later Ardron had scored for Canada. But after another TMO review, the try was ruled off and van der Merwe was sent to the sin bin for contesting a high ball and making contact above the shoulders.

“We were told a fair contest in the air, they wont be sending people off,” Anscombe said. “That was a fair contest and as soon as you saw him miss the ball he pulled out. How that is a yellow card is beyond me and that was the turning point.”

Tangimana would grab his second try of the day in the 62nd minute before a late Vlaicu penalty sealed the deal.

“If we want to give ourselves a chance to beat the USA, we’ve got to stick to our plan and execute better,” Anscombe said. “We have to be a lot more accurate in what we do and we’re pretty poor at the moment.

Canada returns to action next Saturday against the USA in the first leg of its 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifier at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ont. Tickets are available by clicking here.

Canada Team to Face Romania (Name, club, hometown):

1. Anthony Luca – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
2. Ray Barkwill – (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
4. Brett Beukeboom, co-captain – (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
5. Evan Olmstead – (Newcastle Falcons/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
6. Tyler Ardron – (Chiefs/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON
7. Matt Heaton – (Drlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock) Godmanchester, QC
8. Aaron Carpenter – (Doncaster Knights/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON
9. Gordon McRorie – (UBC Old Boys Ravens/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10. Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
11. Sean Duke – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
12. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Conor Trainor – (USON Nevers/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
14. DTH van Der Merwe, co-captain – (Newcastle Falcons) Victoria, BC
15 Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
16. Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Club/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
17. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
18. Ryan Ackerman – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Saskatoon, SK
19. Conor Keys – (UVIC Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON
20. Kyle Baillie – (London Scottish/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
21. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
22. Shane O’Leary – (Unattached) Cork, Ireland
23. Andrew Coe – (UBC Thunderbirds/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON

Canada Coaching Staff:

Mark Anscombe – Head Coach
Graeme Moffat – Assistant Coach
Mike Shelley – Assistant Coach
Kelly Brown – Assistant Coach
Mark Winokur – Manager
Mallory White – Athletic Therapist
Alistair Wilson – Athletic Therapist
Dr. Steve Martin – Team Doctor
Aaron Takel – Performance Analyst
Michael Deasy – Strength & Conditioning Coach

Scoring Details:

Canada:

Penalties: Gordon McRorie (3)

Romania:

Tries: Fonovai Tangimana (2), Viorel Lucaci
Conversions: Florin Vlaicu (2)
Penalties: Florin Vlaicu (2)

Canada’s June Series Schedule:

Canada 0-13 Georgia —Calgary Rugby Park
Canada 9-22 Romania — Ellerslie Rugby Park
Canada vs. USA — June 24 — Tim Horton’s Field — 3pm ET/12pm PT
Canada vs. USA — July 1 — San Diego — 6pm ET/3pm PT

from Edmonton Journal

Canada loses 25-9 in rugby test match against Romania

Mitch Goldenberg

Lightning struck twice on a beautiful sunny day at Ellerslie Rugby Park on Saturday, where Canada welcomed Romania for an international mens friendly match. Unfortunately for the home crowd, it was the visitors who benefited from the two biggest plays of the game in a 25-9 victory for Romania.

“We were coming up with a lot of possessions and a lot of territory. If you look at that game, it wouldn’t look like they won that game by that score line,” said Canadian forward Aaron Carpenter, who set a senior team record during the match with his 77th cap.

“It is hugely frustrating. We’re playing pretty well but we just can’t catch those breaks. In tight, high-quality rugby games, those breaks mean everything.”

The first jolt against Canada came 17 minutes into the match when Romanian lock Johannes Van Heerden thwarted his tackler halfway down the field and then handed off an easy try to his teammate to put Romania up 7-3.

Canada had a first-half try overturned when winger Dyth Vandermerwe was ruled out of bounds just before diving into the Romanian end zone, but the Canucks caught a break in the 23rd minute. A Romanian was sent off for throwing a punch, and after converting the ensuing penalty Canada narrowed the deficit to 7-6 and had a one-man advantage for the entire second half.

That didn’t faze Romania, whose second big zap came directly off the second-half kickoff when they returned the ball all the way to the endzone and gained a commanding 14-6 lead.

“We made a little mistake (and) that was a huge turning point,” Carpenter said. “They were getting tired out there and we were finding some holes, but we were trying to force our offloads. We had to be more patient with the ball.”

Canada appeared to fight their way back into the game with a 54th-minute try, but once again points were taken off the board by the referees. Moments before the score, Vandermerwe was battling a Romanian for an airborne ball and inadvertently tackled his opponent, earning him a penalty.

“How that’s a yellow card is beyond me. As soon as he missed the ball, he pulled out (of the battle),” head coach Mark Anscombe said. “That would have made it 17-16 and an entirely different game.”

When asked if the team felt prepared for a June 24 Rugby World Cup qualifier against the United States, Canadian head coach Mark Anscombe gave a bleak response.

“The answer would have to be no. It was a very poor performance. We didn’t do anything that we set out to do and that’s disappointing,” Anscombe said.

“We weren’t being direct enough or squaring them up. When we got the ball, we turned it over because our accuracy was poor. Credit to (Romania), they showed spirit, they showed a lot of spark, and they played with more energy than we did.”



Canada Name Team to Face Romania at 2pm PT Saturday: Live on TSN2


posted June 16 2017
[ed. comments below]

As expected Anscombe is going to try out a different halfback combination this match, last game it was Mack and O'Leary, this match it's McRorie to Braid. Even the #8 pickup from the scrum is going to look different with Carpenter replacing Cejvanovic.

Interesting that Anthony Luca got the start at loosehead with Matt Tierney at tighthead, those two stabilized the scrum when they came on. Ilnicki isn't on the bench but they've given Burnaby's Ryan Ackerman a shot at his first cap. Tierney looks a shoe in for one tighthead position but is Ilnicki a sure thing after the Georgia match? Barkwill comes in at hooker with Piffero backing him up, no sign of Eric Howard.

Baillie loses his starting position to Tyler Ardron, Conor Keys is replaced by Evan Olmstead, Blevins replaces Guiseppe du Toit at #12, and DTH takes Dan Moor's place on the wing. Ciaran Hearn replaces Andrew Coe at fullback.

It's a stronger lineup no doubt compared to the Georgia match and has a good chance of getting the win over Romania. The key may be the halfbacks but Mack and O'Leary are waiting to come on if things stall.

The game is shown live at 2pm PT on TSN 2.

Canada are currently ranked 23rd with 59.63 points, Romania are 16th with 69.86 a difference of 10.23. The home team is given a 3 point handicap so the point difference for rankings purposes would be +7.23 for Romania. A win for Canada therefore would give them about a 1.5 jump in the standings. If Canada wins by more than 15 then they multiply it by 1.5 so 2.25 could be up for grabs. If Canada lose they only go down by about 0.25.

The scenario therefore if Canada wins by 15 or less they streak past Germany into 22nd with the possibility of nudging Uruguay in 21st. If they win by more than 15 then they'll be likely to leapfrog Namibia as well and go from 23rd to 20th. Hot on the trail of Russian and Spain. If they lose they'll remain 23rd with Hong Kong getting a little closer.

from Rugby Canada

EDMONTON — Aaron Carpenter is set to become Canada’s all-time caps leader as he will play in his 77th test match Saturday against Romania.

Carpenter, who will start at No.8, will break Al Charron’s record of 76 test caps that has lasted nearly 15 years. Carpenter tied the record last weekend against Georgia in Calgary.

“Al Charron is an absolute legend so just to be mentioned in the same breath as him is huge for me,” Carpenter said. “Just to be around this record is awesome but that’s an individual thing as we’re looking to be part of the team that wins Saturday.

“I just want to get on the pitch and get it done.”

Carpenter made his test debut in 2005 and has played in three Rugby World Cups. His 16 test tries are the fourth most in Canadian history.

Canada will be captained by Brett Beukeboom and DTH van der Merwe Saturday while Tyler Ardron makes his first appearance in a Canadian jersey since the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Anthony Luca, who made his test debut last Saturday against Georgia, will make his first test start in the front alongside Ray Barkwill and Matt Tierney.

Beukeboom will be joined by Evan Olmstead at lock with Ardron and Matt Heaton at flanker.

Gordon McRorie starts at scrum-half with Connor Braid at fly-half. Sean Duke and van der Merwe will man the wings with Nick Blevins and Conor Trainor at centre. Ciaran Hearn starts at fullback.

There is also an opportunity for Ryan Ackerman to make his test debut for Canada as he is named as a replacement.

“Romania are a tough team,” head coach Mark Anscombe said. “They’ve got big men and are a very strong team and their form of late has been very good. We’ve got a big task ahead of us but one we’re looking forward to.”

Canada is 2-5 all-time against Romania and hasn’t beaten them since the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Canada is coming off of a 13-0 loss to Georgia in Calgary last weekend. Saturday’s game is their final tune-up before they begin a two-game 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifying series against the USA on June 24 in Hamilton, Ont. The second leg is July 1 in San Diego.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 5pm ET/2pm PT and can be seen LIVE on TSN 2. Tickets are available by clicking here.

Canada Team to Face Romania (Name, club, hometown):

1. Anthony Luca – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
2. Ray Barkwill – (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
4. Brett Beukeboom, co-captain – (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
5. Evan Olmstead – (Newcastle Falcons/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
6. Tyler Ardron – (Chiefs/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON
7. Matt Heaton – (Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock) Godmanchester, QC
8. Aaron Carpenter – (Doncaster Knights/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON
9. Gordon McRorie – (UBC Old Boys Ravens/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10. Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
11. Sean Duke – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
12. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Conor Trainor – (USON Nevers/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
14. DTH van Der Merwe, co-captain – (Newcastle Falcons) Victoria, BC
15. Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
16. Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Club/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
17. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
18. Ryan Ackerman – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Saskatoon, SK
19. Conor Keys – (UVIC Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON
20. Kyle Baillie – (London Scottish/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
21. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
22. Shane O’Leary – (Unattached) Cork, Ireland
23. Andrew Coe – (UBC Thunderbirds/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON

Canada Coaching Staff:

Mark Anscombe – Head Coach
Graeme Moffat – Assistant Coach
Mike Shelley – Assistant Coach
Kelly Brown – Assistant Coach
Mark Winokur – Manager
Mallory White – Athletic Therapist
Alistair Wilson – Athletic Therapist
Dr. Steve Martin – Team Doctor
Aaron Takel – Performance Analyst
Michael Deasy – Strength & Conditioning Coach

Canada’s June Series Schedule:

Canada 0-13 Georgia —Calgary Rugby Park
Canada vs. Romania — June 17 — Ellerslie Rugby Park — 5pm ET/2pm PT
Canada vs. USA — June 24 — Tim Horton’s Field — 3pm ET/12pm PT
Canada vs. USA — July 1 — San Diego — 6pm ET/3pm PT





 
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