Canada Lose to Scotland 48-10: Few Surprises from Kingsley Jones Side: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
We thought pregame that if Canada could keep it within 20 it would be a good day at the office for the team. That didn't happen and Scotland ran away with it in the end with a +38 result. It was 15-3 at halftime and Canada were putting in a decent effort on defence in the first 40 which included playing short for 10 minutes. Scotland had most of the possession and territory. Scotland ran in five more tries in the second half to one for Canada.
Phil Mack played well and probably was more a threat around the breakdown than the loose forwards and likely his tackle count was greater. He's getting better with age and his job as professional player/coach with the Seattle Seawolves seems to agree with him. Ben Lesage who replaced Doug Fraser at #13 had a strong match as well.
The maul defence continues to be a problem and the coaching staff don't seem to have an answer. It was the usual areas of concern from the Canada side, lack of precision, dropped balls at key times, a fragile maul defence, lack of creativity on attack and a few mental lapses on defence. The Scotland side, minus a few of their top players who were rested for the tour, looked solid and were never threatened in the match. They'll face a sterner test next week against USA. The Americans dispatched Russia 62-13 and Canada will be looking at next week's test against Russia in Ottawa as a game to win. It will be the easiest of the three matches for Canada this June. from Rugby Canada
Scotland started the better of the two sides at the Commonwealth Stadium and were rewarded with an early penalty, which lead to the first points of the game, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne converting from inside the twenty-two.
The Canadian team did not have much time to settle, as the well-drilled Scottish outfit quickly found their feet. Byron McGuigan was first to cross the line for the Scots, diving over for a well-worked try.
Canada gave the 12 000 plus fans something to cheer about when Shane O'Leary kicked Canada's first penalty in the 13th minute. The score remained 8-3 for the next twenty minutes, both teams opting for a more direct style of play with some big tackles coming in from both sides. Canada's Noah Barker receiving a yellow card for taking a player out without the ball.
Scotland extended their lead in the 33rd minute with Scottish flyhalf, Ruaridh Jackson touching down for the visitors second try of the night. Hidalgo-Clyne adding the extras to give Scotland a 15-3 lead at the break.
The second-half started in similar fashion to the first, with substitute hooker, George Turner going over for his first and Scotland's third try of the night.
Canada had to wait until the 47th minute to get their first try of the night. A spell of pressure inside the Scottish twenty-two resulting in the ref awarding a penalty try for Canada and a yellow card for Ruaridh Jackson.
Scotland pulled away in the last 20 minutes, as Magnus Bradbury and a further two tries from George Turner put the game well out of reach for Canada. George Turner completing his hat-trick. Lewis Carmichael put the nail in the coffin in the 79th minute as Scotland scored their 7th five-pointer of the night.
Full-time: Canada 10-48 Scotland
Tries - Penalty try.
Penalties - Shane O'Leary
Yellow cards - Noah Barker
Tries - Byron McGuigan, Ruaridh Jackson, George Turner (3), Magnus Bradbury, Lewis Carmichael
Conversions - Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (2), Blair Kinghorn (3)
Penalties - Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (1)
Yellow cards - Ruaridh Jackson
Canada Name Team to Face Scotland on Saturday
There's not too much pressure on Canada in this match, there's little expectation they'll win but keep it close and competitive and the fans will be happy. If Canada do win it will be a major boost to morale going into the rest of the June tests and the November repechage.
Canada will be without Tyler Ardron, arguably their best player right now, he suffered a concussion a few weeks ago with the Chiefs and is being given a rest.
He played a couple of games with the Chiefs after this, so it could be a case of cumulative knocks but this one was a major one and he didn't sit out much time after this happened. The pressures of professional rugby perhaps.
It's good to see UBC's (and St. George's) Theo Sauder in the roster on the bench and he likely will gain his first cap somewhere in the backline. We've always recognized the talent he possesses. It's interesting that Noah Barker gets his first start at loosehead, he was a good to average prop in the BC Premier but has improved his game lately based on his showing with Canada A in recent games. Burnaby and UBC were always the feared front row, JBAA could hold their own but didn't dominate in recent years. It goes to show there is a lot of domestic talent that just needs a little tweaking to get to the next level or in Sauder's case just needs the chance to show his stuff.
The rest of the starting front row is Ray Barkwill and Jake Ilnicki, with Howard, Cole Keith and Djustice providing backup. Second row is Ciulini and Olmstead with Conor Keys providing backup, no word on why Josh Larsen is left off the roster.
Loose forwards Lucas Rumball, Matt Heaton and Luke Campbell with Dustin Dobravsky as backup. Five forward subs and 3 backs.
Halfbacks as expected Phil Mack and Shane O'Leary, Gordon McRorie as a possible backup to both positions is unavailable. Andrew Ferguson provides scrum half back up and likely either Theo Sauder or Pat Parfrey could backup O'Leary if required.
Blevins and Fraser get the start in the centres, Ben Lesage left off as is Guiseppe du Toit. Theo Sauder could find himself coming in to a centre position for his first cap.
The back three are DTH, Hassler and Parfrey. Cole Davis is the replacement and Kainoa Lloyd gets left off the roster.
It should be an interesting match, the long term view is November and the repechage so keeping handling errors down, playing aggressive defence with good speed off the line for 80 minutes, intelligent kicking from the halfbacks and fullback, a few breaks from the backline and don't gift any tries - make them work for it. That's the wish list, the result will take care of itself. from Rugby Canada
EDMONTON, AB (June 7, 2018) - Canada Men's Rugby Team Head Coach, Kingsley Jones has named his side for the 2018 Summer Series opener against Scotland on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.
Canada's leading try-scorer and most-capped player in the squad, DTH van der Merwe will captain the home team in what will be their first taste of tier one opposition in nearly two years.
6th ranked Scotland, who have been in fine form in 2018, will pose a major challenge to the Canadian outfit. However, Jones is happy with his team's preparations and will take heart from their narrow two-point loss in 2014, when the team's last met in Canada.
"We're pleased with the group that is playing. The twenty-three are looking strong, with some options off the bench," said head coach, Kingsley Jones.
Canada will unfortunately be without the services of Chiefs back-row, Tyler Ardron (concussion) and experienced utility back, Gordon McRorie (ankle) who have been ruled out of Saturday's encounter due to injury.
"Unfortunately, Tyler Ardron had a bump on the head a few weeks ago, playing for the Chiefs in New Zealand and has failed to pass his protocols so we've pulled him out. But it's a great opportunity for Luke Campbell, Matt Heaton and Lucas Rumball who we've been really pleased with over the last few weeks. Dustin Dobravsky will be on the bench who has also done very well," said Jones.
On losing Gordon McRorie:
"For us it's almost like losing two players in one; Gordon has got the ability to play nine and ten, but Shane O'Leary has been playing really well for Ealing Trailfinders and he played in a very good game against Leinster in the final of the B&I Cup, so he's ready and he's trained very well. We're looking forward to the game and it's exciting having young Theo Sauder on the bench as well," he added.
Significant milestones await for Phil Mack (co-captain) and Nick Blevins who take the field for the 50th occasion on Saturday.
"Phil and Nick deserve that, they've worked really hard and I've got so much respect for them. It's a massive achievement and it shouldn't be underestimated to play 50 times for your country and they've still got a bit of rugby in the tank as well," added Jones.
On the challenge of facing Scotland:
"They're a top side. Gregor Townsend is a very good coach, very positive and we're expecting a fast game. They'll try to create opportunities from turnovers and offload the ball so it's going to be an exciting game for the spectator," he added.
Canada vs. Scotland kicks off at 7pm local time (9pm ET/6pm PT).
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Canada roster to face Scotland in Edmonton:
1. Noah Barker – James Bay AA/BC Bears (Courtenay, BC)
2. Ray Barkwill – Seattle Seawolves/Ontario Blues (Niagara Falls, ON)
3. Jake Ilnicki – Yorkshire Carnegie/BC Bears (Williams Lake, BC)
4. Paul Ciulini – Aurora Barbarians/Ontario Blues (Vaughan, ON)
5. Evan Olmstead – Auckland/Prairie Wolf Pack (Vancouver, BC)
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 – Co-Captain, Seattle Seawolves/BC Bears (Victoria, BC)
10. Shane O’Leary – Ealing Trailfinders (Cork, Ireland)
11. DTH van der Merwe – Captain, Glasgow Warriors (Victoria, BC)
12. Nick Blevins – Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
13. Doug Fraser – Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears (Ladysmith, BC)
14. Jeff Hassler – Unattached/Prairie Wolf Pack (Okotoks, AB)
15. Pat Parfrey – Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock (St. John’s, NL)
16. Eric Howard – New Orleans Gold/Ontario Blues (Ottawa, ON)
17. Djustice Sears-Duru – Unattached/Ontario Blues (Oakville, ON)
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. Andrew Ferguson – Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON)
22. Cole Davis – Calgary Saints/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
23. Theo Sauder – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
International Test Caps:
Tyler Ardron (28)
Noah Barker (1)
Ray Barkwill (50)
Nick Blevins (49)
Luke Campbell (3)
Paul Ciulini (6)
Cole Davis (3)
Dustin Dobravsky (3)
Guiseppe du Toit (11)
Andrew Ferguson (8)
Doug Fraser (2)
Jeff Hassler (18)
Matt Heaton (15)
Eric Howard (11)
Jake Ilnicki (28)
Cole Keith (7)
Conor Keys (7)
Ryan Kotlewski (3)
Josh Larsen (7)
Ben LeSage (4)
Kainoa Lloyd (5)
Phil Mack (49)
Gordon McRorie (33)
Shane O’Leary (7)
Evan Olmstead (21)
Patrick Parfrey (22)
Lucas Rumball (19)
Theo Sauder (uncapped)
Djustice Sears-Duru (38)
DTH van der Merwe (51)
Canada’s 2018 Summer Series:
Canada vs. Scotland
Kick off: 7pm local time (9pm ET/6pm PT)
Canada vs. Russia
Twin Elm Rugby Park
Kick off: 4pm ET/1pm PT
Canada vs. USA
Kick off: 4pm local time (3pm ET/12pm PT) Scotland Roster