Canada vs Spain November 2017

November 18 2017


Taylor Paris scores hat trick against Chile in ARC 2017
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Canada Defeat Spain 37-27: DTH and Paris Display Try-Scoring Skills


It's a win, they've been hard to come by for Canada. It wasn't looking good in the early first half as Spain went up by two tries and a 17-3 scoreline. Canada came back in the latter part of the half to tie it up and teams went into the break tied at 17.

Spain received a yellow card due to quick thinking by Phil Mack who tapped on a penalty and charged for the goal line, his counterpart had no choice but to tackle him within 10 metres and take the card. After that Canada found wide gaps in the Spanish backline which DTH and Paris exploited. The duo accounted for all of Canada tries and along with Phil Mack provided the core of Canada's attack, as they did in the last match against Georgia. Spain scored a late try to make the game closer.

On the positives, it showed a lot of heart and composure to come back from the 17-3 deficit, kudos to the veterans for showing leadership on that and to Phil Mack as captain. DTH, Paris, Mack as last game were dynamic and drove the Canada attack. The scrum was solid. Evan Olmstead was probably the best forward on the day for Canada. Brock Staller had a good day with the boot, missing an early penalty but consistent after that with 17 points.

On the negatives, Canada's forwards are still not pulling their share of the load, especially on attack. The maul defence continues to be abysmal and a weakness that opponents exploit. It's been that way for a long time, bring in someone who can fix it. It's also tied in with Canada's weak lineout defence where they often choose not to compete. They had the worst defensive lineout stats at the last World Cup and yet the same people are in the mix as forward coaches. When Spain needed to score they went to penalty, lineout and maul, Uruguay will do the same.

Still it's a win, Canada will benefit in the rankings from this, and it's Fiji next weekend. On the wish list are a couple of tries from the forwards, a maul defence, and a lineout that competes.

Second Half Highlights


Kingsley Jones Post Match Interview with Gareth Rees


from Rugby Canada

MADRID, SPAIN - Canada's Men's Rugby Team picked up a 37-27 victory over Spain on Saturday in their second test match of the 2017 November internationals.

The win for 23rd ranked Canada over 20th seeded Spain marks the first for new head coach Kingsley Jones in his second at the helm.

DTH van der Merwe and Taylor Paris combined for four tries and Brock Staller added 17 points off the boot in the victory. Spain scored four tries as well, but only added two conversions and one penalty.

All eyes are on January 27th at BC Place in Vancouver in the first leg of the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers when Canada hosts Uruguay. With Canada looking to book their ticket to a ninth consecutive RWC in Japan, the contest has been dubbed the “biggest game of a generation” and Rugby Canada is encouraging all rugby & sport fans to purchase tickets and help send our men’s team to Tokyo: http://events.rugbycanada.ca

Canada will now travel to Narbonne, France to close out 2017 against Fiji on November 25th.

Kick off on Saturday is 12pm ET/9am PT and will be live streamed on www.worldrugby.org


Canada Announce Team for Spain Match on Saturday 7am PT


After the pummeling in Georgia coach Kingsley has made a few changes in the forwards. Jake Ilnicki is gone from the match day 23 and Djustice Sears-Duru is moved to the bench. Hubert Buydens comes in at starting loosehead and Matt Tierney wins the starting tighthead assignment. The mobility of the props may be secondary to their ability to win the war in the trenches after being outmatched in that area against Georgia.

The second row remains the same, with Olmstead and Larsen, Beukeboom returns to the roster in a backup role. Matt Heaton moves from openside to blindside and Kyle Baillie takes the openside spot. Aaron Carpenter replaces Ardron who returned to NZ. The backline remains unchanged.

Kainoa Lloyd comes into the reserves as coach Kingsley decides on 2 backline subs compared to 1 last match.

This will be a much more competitive match than last weekend. Against Georgia Canada were up against a Top 14 level forward pack and it showed. This week they're up against a PRO D2 / Federale 1 level team.

It's probably one of the most important games for Canada in a while. If Canada lose then there won't be a lot of confidence going into the Uruguay matches for World Cup qualifying in Jan/Feb. If Canada win it's an indication they may be turning things around and are capable of getting past Uruguay.

There's no word yet on streaming of the game, we will update here when we find out.

from Rugby Canada

MADRID, SPAIN – Canada head coach Kingsley Jones has made five changes to his starting roster to face Spain on Saturday in the second test match and fourth game of their November international series.

After opening the November series with a 51-9 loss to the Maori All Blacks in front of a historic sold-out crowd of 29,408 at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada fell 54-22 to Georgia last Saturday at Dinamo Arena.

Canada’s forward pack sees the return of Hubert Buydens and Matt Tierney, who both started against the Maori All Blacks, to the starting roster. Ontario’s Tyler Ardron is no longer available for selection for the final two games of the series based on professional rugby commitments in New Zealand; however in his absence we will see the return of Canada’s all-time cap leader Aaron Carpenter.

Brantford, Ontario’s Carpenter – who recently passed World Rugby Hall of Famer Al Charron this summer – will win his 80th cap on Saturday in the flank alongside open side Kyle Baillie and Matt Heaton, who moves to blindside.

Canada’s backline remains unchanged from last weekend’s test, having scored three exciting tries from Taylor Paris, DTH van der Merwe and Brock Staller. Victoria’s Phil Mack will once again Captain the side from scrum half.

Saturday marks only the second time Canada and Spain will square off in a men’s international test match, with Canada winning 60-22 on November 13, 2010 at Campo Universitaria. Taylor Paris, DTH van der Merwe and Carpenter are the only three members of Canada’s roster from that game. All three players scored tries on the day, with Paris picking up a brace.

Following Saturday’s test match Canada will travel to Narbonne, France to close out 2017 against Fiji on November 25th.

All eyes are on January 27th at BC Place in Vancouver in the first leg of the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifiers when Canada hosts Uruguay. With Canada looking to book their ticket to a ninth consecutive RWC in Japan, the contest has been dubbed the “biggest game of a generation” and Rugby Canada is encouraging all rugby & sport fans to purchase tickets and help send our men’s team to Tokyo: http://events.rugbycanada.ca

Kick off on Saturday is 10am ET/7am PT and broadcast details are still TBD

Canada’s Men’s Team to face Spain:

1. Hubert Buydens – (New Orleans Gold/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
2. Ray Barkwill – (Seattle Seawolves/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
4. Josh Larsen – (Northland) Parksville, BC
5. Evan Olmstead – (Newcastle Falcons/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
6. Matt Heaton – (Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock) Godmanchester, QC
7. Kyle Baillie – (London Scottish/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
8. Aaron Carpenter – (Doncaster Knights/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON
9. Phil Mack – Captain (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
10. Patrick Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
11. Taylor Paris – (Castres/Ontario Blues) Barrie, ON
12. Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
13. DTH van der Merwe – (Newcastle Falcons) Victoria, BC
14. Brock Staller – (Meralomas RFC/BC Bears) Surrey, BC
15. Andrew Coe – (Markham Irish/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
16. Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Club/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
17. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Ealing Trailfinders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
18. Cole Keith – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) Sussex, NB
19. Brett Beukeboom – (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON
20. Kyle Gilmour – (St. Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
21. Andrew Ferguson – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
22. Guiseppe du Toit – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Maple Ridge, BC
23. Kainoa Lloyd – (Mississauga Blues/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON

Canada’s November international calendar:

Canada 9 – 51 Maori All Blacks
Canada 22 – 54 Georgia
Canada vs. Spain

November 18th, 2017
Estadio Nacional Complutense, Madrid, Spain
4pm local time (10am ET/7am PT)
Broadcast details: TBD

Canada vs. Fiji
November 25th, 2017
France (TBD)
Kick off time: TBD
Broadcast details: TBD

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