Canada Lose to Fiji 57-17: FULL MATCH REPLAY
You can't play Barbarians style rugby against the Fijians and that's what the game evolved into by the end. The Fijians putting on a show for the spectators finding lots of space and throwing outrageous passes as they ran in a number of highlight reel tries. Canada needed to control the ball and above all else reduce their errors to avoid the counter attack skills of Fiji. They were unable to do either.
The first try at 5 minutes summarized the match. Canada had worked hard to set up a 5 metre attacking lineout, a perfect opportunity for the forwards to put their stamp on the game with a lineout and maul for the opening try. Fiji didn't contest the lineout, defending teams rarely do this close to their goal line, it should have been a simple catch and drive. The ball sailed over the finger tips of Larsen the jumper. Fiji took it and 2 breakdowns and 10 passes later were over near the posts, it took 38 seconds from missed lineout throw to try.
Besides the missed throw there were a couple of defensive errors as well on the first try, Canada were narrow on defence, Baillie at blindside was the forward closest to impacting the action but didn't quite have the speed to catch the play. That left Parfrey and Staller against the two Fijians on the outside, two on two. Staller made the choice to pinch in and both Parfrey and Staller tackled the ball carrier leaving the wing free for a perfectly timed pass. Mack was the only player tracking the play back, Baillie had fallen off the chase as Tawake the Fijian tighthead had increased the distance between them from one metre to six metres in four seconds. It was now Mack and Coe against Nadola the wing and Tawake the tighthead. Coe completely missed his tackle on Nadola and Mack had to catch him from behind leaving the tighthead Tawake free to take the offload and score the try.
That pretty well summarizes the match, Canadian error on basic play, turnover, loose forward unable to match pace with opposition prop, defensive error in judgement, missed tackle, Fiji try.
Canada got a penalty try at 15 minutes when the Fijian player knocked a pass down that would have led to a try. Canada's other try was by Djustice Sears-Duru at 64 minutes after some sustained pressure near the Fiji goal line. Fiji ran in 9 tries in total.
Canada's next major match is against Uruguay at BC Place on January 27th. There's no word on warm up games prior but Uruguay play the Houston Sabercats of the MLR on January 20th as part of their build up.
Canada Announce Team to Face Fiji on Saturday - Live on WorldRugby.org at 9am PT
A few changes to the squad that defeated Spain last weekend. Ray Barkwill is replaced at hooker by Benoit Piffero, Barkwill provides backup this week. Jake Ilnicki replaces Matt Tierney at tighthead, Buydens remains at loosehead. Tierney provides backup along with Djustice Sears-Duru.
The second row remains the same, Olmstead and Larsen, Beukeboom on the bench. In the loose forwards Heaton and Baillie remain flankers but Carpenter is replaced by Kyle Gilmour. Lucas Rumball provides backup.
The backline remains unchanged.
Fiji are ranked 10th and Canada 21st. Fiji are coming off two losses, 23-20 to Ireland last weekend and 19-10 to Italy the week before. Last time the teams met in 2015 Fiji won by +29, 47-18.
The match is scheduled to be live streamed on worldrugby.org.
Results vs Fiji
Fiji 35 - Canada 17 Burnaby Lake 28 Nov 1970
Canada 13 - Fiji 3 Bayonne 5 Oct 1991
Canada 22 - Fiji 10 Nadi 8 Apr 1995
Fiji 40 - Canada 29 Vancouver 15 May 1999
Fiji 38 - Canada 22 Bordeaux 9 Oct 1999
Fiji 42 - Canada 11 Apia 7 Jul 2000
Fiji 52 - Canada 23 Tokyo 3 Jul 2001
Fiji 29 - Canada 16 Millennium Stadium 16 Sep 2007
Canada 20 - Fiji 18 Nepean 5 Jun 2013
Fiji 47 - Canada 18 The Stoop 6 Sep 2015 from Rugby Canada
Canada head coach Kingsley Jones has made five changes to his starting roster to face Fiji on Saturday to close out 2017.
Canada is fresh off its first victory of the 2017 November international series, having come-from-behind to defeat Spain 37-27 in Madrid last weekend.
Ray Barkwill moves to the bench in favour of Benoit Piffero, while Newcastle Falcons prop Jake Ilnicki joins the starting front row on Saturday. Flankers Matt Heaton and Kyle Baillie have switched positions and will be joined by St. Albert’s Kyle Gilmour at number eight.
Saturday marks the 12th test match between Fiji and Canada, with the pacific islanders winning on eight occasions.
Canada’s backline, which accounted for all 37 points in last weekend’s victory, remains unchanged and will be lead by captain Phil Mack at scrumhalf.
Kick off is 12pm ET/9am PT and you can watch live on www.worldrugby.org
Canada’s Men’s Team to face Fiji:
1. Hubert Buydens – (New Orleans Gold/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
2. Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Club/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
3. Jake Ilnicki – (Newcastle Falcons/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
4. Josh Larsen – (Northland) Parksville, BC
5. Evan Olmstead – (Newcastle Falcons/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
6. Kyle Baillie – (London Scottish/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
7. Matt Heaton – (Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock) Godmanchester, QC
8. Kyle Gilmour – (St. Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
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. Ray Barkwill – (Seattle Seawolves/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
17. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Ealing Trailfinders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
18. Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
19. Brett Beukeboom – (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON
20. Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
21. Andrew Ferguson – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
22. Ben LeSage – (UBC Thunderbirds/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
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 37 - 27 Spain
Canada vs. Fiji
November 25th, 2017
Kick off time: 12pm ET/9am PT
Broadcast details: live on www.worldrugby.org