Canada Defeat Chile 33-17 to Close Out ARC Tournament
It was a good first half for Canada running up a 22-3 HT lead. The announcer summed it up as a professional forty minutes. Unfortunately the second half fell apart with Chile finishing off the stronger side, not the momentum coach Kingsley Jones would want to take forward.
It was ill discipline by Nick Blevins that started the slide as he got 10 minutes in the bin for roughing up a player off the ball. Canada played short for 20 minutes in the second half.
The two wingers looked good, Cole Davis and Kainoa Lloyd, both scoring tries. The debutante fullback, Josh Thiel, struggled a bit with the basics.. Phil Mack was solid and the scrum put pressure on Chile, especially in the first half.
The question is where does Kingsley Jones go from here to prepare a team for the November World Cup qualifier where they likely will have to get past Romania. from Rugby Canada
It was a special occasion for veteran hooker, Ray Barkwill as the 37-year-old earned his 50th cap for the National Team. The number two has been one of the standout players for Canada this season with two tries to his name.
Canada dominated the first-half with tries from Kainoa Lloyd, Lucas Rumball and Kyle Baillie giving the away team a 22-3 lead at the break. A couple of late consolation tries from Chile in the second-half gave the home fans something to cheer about but it wasn’t enough as Canada, the stronger team on the day, walked away with a 33-17 win.
Canada finish the tournament in fourth position with two wins from five. USA, Argentina XV and Uruguay take home the top three positions.
Tries – ‘9 Kainoa Lloyd, ’25 Lucas Rumball, ’39 Kyle Baillie, ’67 Cole Davis
Conversions – Gordon McRorie (2)
Penalties – Gordon McRorie (3)
Tries – ’72 Mauricio Urrutia, ‘75 Alfonso Escobar
Conversions - Tomás Laniszewski (2)
Penalties – Tomás Laniszewski (1)
Canada Team to Face Chile on Saturday 8am PT: Josh Thiel First Start; McRorie Returns at Flyhalf
The forward pack remains much the same from the Argentina match, Luke Campbell comes back into the lineup after resting a hamstring injury suffered during the Brazil match. Conor Keys gets bumped to the bench with the return of Campbell, Baillie moves back to second row, Dobravsky moves from #8 to blindside.
Gordon McRorie gets the start at #10, an experiment tried by Kieran Crowley back in 2014 in the ARC. McRorie wasn't very successful at #10 and was eventually moved back to scrum half. Against Chile a lot of things should work well so it's not a good test of how McRorie will do against stronger opposition. Povey who started against Argentina isn't in the match day 23, no idea if that's injury or form. It would be interesting to see Theo Sauder get a look at some point.
Much of the backline remains the same, Brock Staller gets dropped, again whether due to injury or form isn't certain. Kainoa Lloyd who looked energetic when he subbed in against Argentina earns a start on the wing. Pat Parfrey gets dropped to the bench while Josh Thiel gets the start at fullback, an unexpected move. This will be Josh's first cap. He played Canada U20 at inside centre so the move to fullback is unusual, it will be interesting to see how he does. The fullback on the Canada U20 side when Thiel was centre was Aidan McMullan currently playing wing for UVic, also on that U20 team was Brennig Prevost who is the starting fullback for UVic and who scored 3 tries against Burnaby last weekend.
On the bench Cole Keith comes in as a front row reserve and Anthony Luca gets dropped.
Canada defeated Chile last year 36-15 in the ARC in Langford, a worrying note for the future however is Canada U20 lost to Chile U20 45-28 last year at the JWRT. A look through the roster from that 36-15 win last year shows Nick Blevins, Djustice Sears-Duru, Conor Keys, Lucas Rumball, Gordon McRorie, Guiseppe du Toit, Cole Keith and Phil Mack as returning players. Some names missing from last year Ollie Nott, Grady Bowd, Liam Chisolm, Matt Tierney, Dan Moor and George Barton.
Chile are winless in the tournament giving up an average of 46 points per match. Canada should be looking at a scoreline of about 45-12 for this match to finish on a positive note. from Rugby Canada
Canada will look close out the tournament with their second win of the competition, having defeated Brazil in Langford and lost their other three matches to USA, Uruguay and Argentina XV.
Gordon McRorie makes his first start of the 2018 ARC, slotting in at flyhalf to compliment long-time teammate and captain Phil Mack at scrumhalf.
Hooker Ray Barkwill is set to hit a personal milestone this weekend, as the 37-year-old Niagara Falls, ON native will reach the 50 cap mark in the Canadian jersey
Former Canada Under-20 star Josh Thiel is set to win his first test cap at fullback. Thiel, whose twin brother Jake also made his Canada Sevens debut earlier this year, comes from a rugby family with his mom Jen Ross and father Jon Thiel both acted as stalwarts in the Canadian jersey. Courtenay, BC’s Noah Barker could also made his full test match debut off the bench.
Saturday’s test match marks the end of a long tour for Canada as the team has been on road in the United Kingdom and circumnavigating the Americas since the second week of January.
Kick off on Saturday is 11am ET/8am PT in Santiago and you can watch LIVE on TSN 3 or online through TSN “GO”.
Canada’s roster to face Chile on Saturday:
1. Djustice 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. Dustin Dobravsky - (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Hanover, Germany
7. Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
8. Luke Campbell – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
9. Phil Mack – Captain (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
10. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
11. Kainoa Lloyd – (Mississauga Blues/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON
12. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB?
13. Doug Fraser – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Ladysmith, BC?
14. Cole Davis - (Calgary Saints/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB ?
15. Josh Thiel – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
16. Martial Lagain - Sherbrooke Abenakis/Atlantic Rock) Saint-Jean-de-Marsacq, France?
17. Noah Barker - (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Courtenay, BC?
18. Cole Keith – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) Sussex, NB
19. Conor Keys - (UVIC Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON
20. Cameron Polson – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Victoria, BC?
21. Andrew Ferguson – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Mississauga, ON?
22. Patrick Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL?
23. Guiseppe du Toit – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Maple Ridge, BC?