Canada vs USA - ARC 2018

February 10 2018

Canada vs USA - ARC 2018

Canada Get Bounced by USA 29-10 in ARC Action: Canada 0-2 with Brazil Next: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

USA went up 14-0 but Canada battled back and had it as close as 14-10 in the second half before mental lapses on defence put the game away for USA.

A good summary of what's wrong with Canada is highlighted by the video of the try that put the game away for USA in the second half. We call it the 11-4-9 combination into the try zone. Those are the defenders who got bounced out of the way by the young 21 year old USA flanker. First DTH's arm tackle didn't slow him down, Josh Larsen draped over his shoulders didn't slow him down, and Phil Mack forgot to get low in the tackle and got a forearm to the chops for his trouble and didn't slow him down. If you want one play that highlights why Canada aren't winning games, this is a good one. Giving up easy tries, poor tackling, lack of intensity, mental lapses. The players know how to do these things, the mind is just not in the right space.

The USA flanker who scored the try is Hanco Jacobus Germishuys, South African import you're thinking, nope USA born and bred from Omaha - corn fed beef out of Nebraska [ed. conflicting reports on birthplace, ESPN says Nebraska, USA Rugby says moved from SA at 7-8, they should know, see comment links below]. He's 21 years old. If you're a young Canadian player looking at that video and think you can bounce of tacklers like that, your country needs you. Contact the editor, we'll introduce you to people.

So another loss, Brazil is up next, remember the good old days when we'd laugh about playing Brazil and win by 27 points. Yes way back in 2016 (Ratier), then they beat us in 2017 (Anscombe) and it wasn't funny anymore. 2018 (Jones) and now we're asking, can Canada beat Brazil. It's tragic, it really is.


I had the honour of watching part of the match with former national coach, Ian Birtwell, he led Canada to the quarter-finals at the '91 World Cup. He had some interesting insights. It makes you wonder why Rugby Canada haven't sought advice from someone of his caliber and experience.

from Rugby Canada

Sacramento, California - Canada's Men's Rugby Team has fallen 29-10 to USA in the second round of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship.

Game recap:

USA started the better of the two sides in windy Sacramento and were rewarded when scrumhalf, Nate Augspurger broke down the blindside to score the first try of the game in the right corner of the field. Will Magie converted the difficult kick as USA took a 7-0 lead.

Ten minutes later USA doubled their lead when left winger, Ryan Matyas beat a couple of Canadian defenders to dot down his first of two tries under the poles. 14-0 to the hosts.

Canada fought back and gained control of the game. Long spells of possession was finally rewarded when Pat Parfrey got on the end of a neat pass from DTH van der Merwe to score in the corner. Brock Staller converted. 14-7 to USA.

A penalty three minutes into the second half gave Canada some hope but it would unfortunately be their final points of the game as USA added another two tries through Hanco Germishuys and Ryan Matyas to dash any hopes of a first victory in three years against the neighbours.

The full time score at Papa Murphy's Park in Sacramento, 29-10 in favour of the home team.

Stay tuned for post-match comments from the coach.

Scoring recap:


Tries: ’23 Pat Parfrey
Conversions: Brock Staller (1)
Penalties: ’43 Brock Staller (1)

Tries: ‘7 Nate Augspurger, ’16, '74 Ryan Matyas (2), '52 Hanco Germishuys
Conversions: Will Magie (3)
Penalties: Will Hooley (1)

Canada Announce Roster for USA Match on Saturday in Sacramento

After the dual losses to Uruguay in the World Cup qualifier this match seems anticlimactic. For the players it's a chance to prove to themselves they can win matches, for the fans there's not much in the way of expectation, to play with heart and see what happens may sum it up best. For those that watched the Ireland v France match and saw Ireland put together 40 phases in the final two minutes to win by a 45m drop goal, there's the reflection that if Canada could manage 20 consecutive phases without error, any time during the match, it would be a good start. Unforced errors have been the bane of Canada's men's XVs team in recent history, it doesn't seem to be improving but getting worse as the losses pile up and the pressure and doubts increase. If there was one wish for this match it's that a mistake free game, or close to it, be played and let the outcome take care of itself.

It's surprising that a number of the high profile players stuck around, usually the ARC team is made up of domestic players, almost a Canada A level side. It may be attributable to how much they need a win for their own peace of mind. Phil Mack is in as is DTH, Shane O'Leary stayed. Beukeboom, Olmstead, Buydens, Paris are gone. Likely Braid and Cejvanovic have returned to the 7s program.

There is more room for domestic players with the changes. Dustin Dobravsky is in, as is Guiseppe du Toit, Luke Campbell, Anthony Luca, Conor Keys, Rob Povey. Martial Lagain replaces Benoit Piffero as replacement hooker.

The USA put out a team that will be captained by winger Blaine Scully. Five members of the MLR team San Diego Legion are in the starting XV.

from Rugby Canada

Sacramento, California – Canada Head Coach Kingsley Jones has named his starting 23-man roster for Saturday’s Americas Rugby Championship second round test match against USA at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento, California.

The fixture comes after an incredibly difficult 32-31 loss to Uruguay in Montevideo last weekend. The result means Canada has one final shot at qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in the form of a repechage tournament taking place in November.

Canada will be looking to bounce back against USA this weekend and build on the positives from their spirited performance in Montevideo that saw two late tries and a final minute missed conversion seal a one-point victory for the South Americans.

Canada has not beaten USA since 2013 but will take belief from the fact that the all-time record still stands at 38-18-2 in their favour.

The road to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan starts this weekend and the players know nothing would taste better than a victory on the arch-rivals home turf to build confidence for the season ahead.

A significant milestone for DTH van der Merwe will give the team added motivation on Saturday as the all-time-record-try-scorer is set to win his 50th cap for Canada in what has been a remarkable career so far. Van der Merwe has been an outstanding servant for Canadian rugby in the 12 years since making his debut against Barbados in 2006 and will be looking to add to his historic tally of 31 tries against the Eagles this weekend.

Notable selections include Victoria, BC’s Luke Campbell who makes his debut starting at 8th man along with hooker Martial Lagain and outside-back Cole Davis and are likely to earn their first cap off the bench. While Guiseppe du Toit replaces Ben Lesage at outside centre to form a new midfield combination with Nick Blevins.

You can watch the game LIVE on TSN, or online through TSN “GO” in Canada or outside of the Americas. Kick off on Saturday is 3pm local time (6pm ET/3pm PT).

Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team returns to the Home of Canadian Rugby at Westhills Stadium on February 17to face Brazil in the third game of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here

Canada’s roster to face USA on Saturday:

1. Djustics Sears-Duru - (Ealing Trailfinders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
2. Ray Barkwill – (Seattle Seawolves/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Jake Ilnicki – (Newcastle Falcons/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
4. Josh Larsen - (Northland) Parksville, BC
5. Kyle Baillie - (London Scottish/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
6. Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
7. Matt Heaton – (Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock) Godmanchester, QC
8. Luke Campbell - (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
9. Phil Mack – Captain (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
10. Shane O’Leary - (Ealing Trailfinders) Cork, Ireland
11. DTH van der Merwe – (Newcastle Falcons) Victoria, BC
12. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Guiseppe du Toit - (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Maple Ridge, BC
14. Brock Staller – (Meralomas RFC/BC Bears) Surrey, BC
15. Patrick Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
16. Martial Lagain - Sherbrooke Abenakis/Atlantic Rock) Saint-Jean-de-Marsacq, France
17. Anthony Luca - (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
18. Cole Keith – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) Sussex, NB
19. Conor Keys - (UVIC Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON
20. Dustin Dobravsky - (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Hanover, Germany
21. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
22. Robbie Povey - (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Northampton, England
23. Cole Davis - (Calgary Saints/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB

USA Team

1. Titi Lamositele Saracens (ENG) Prop
2. Joe Taufete'e Worcester Warriors (ENG) Hooker
3. Dino Waldren London Scottish Prop
4. Nate Brakeley New York Athletic Lock
5. Nick Civetta Newcastle Falcons (ENG) Lock
6. Hanco Germishuys Austin Elite Flanker
7. Tony Lamborn Hawkes Bay (NZL) Flanker
8. Cam Dolan San Diego Legion Number 8
9. Nate Augspurger San Diego Legion Scrum Half
10. Will Magie Glendale Raptors Fly Half
11. Ryan Matyas San Diego Legion Wing
12. Bryce Campbell Glendale Raptors Center
13. Dylan Audsley San Diego Legion Center
14. Blaine Scully (C) Cardiff Blues (WAL) Wing
15. Mike Te'o San Diego Legion Fullback
16. James Hilterbrand Manly Marlins (AUS) Reserve
17. Huluholo Moungaloa Life West Gladiators Reserve
18. Angus Maclellan Utah Warriors Reserve
19. Ben Landry Glendale Raptors Reserve
20. Andrew Durutalo Worcester Warriors (ENG) Reserve
21. Shaun Davies Glendale Raptors Reserve
22. Will Hooley Bedford Blues (ENG) Reserve
23. Josh Whippy Utah Warriors Reserve

Canada’s 2018 Americas Rugby Championship & RWC Qualifier schedule:

Canada vs. Uruguay
Full Time Result: Canada 29 – 38 Uruguay
Rugby World Cup Qualifier round 1 and ARC round 1

Canada vs. Uruguay
Full Time Result: Canada 31 – 32 Uruguay
Rugby World Cup Qualifier round 2, not an ARC match

Canada vs. USA

February 10th at 3pm local time (6pm ET/3pm PT)
Sacramento, California

Canada vs. Brazil
February 17th at 6:30pm local time
Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC

Canada vs. Argentina XV
February 24th at 8pm local time
Jujuy, Argentina

Canada vs. Chile
March 3rd at 1pm local time
La Pintana, Santiago, Chile

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