Photos & Summary from Mexico vs Canada World Cup Warmup Matches at Brentwood
The two World Cup bound teams played a couple of matches, Canada first put in their top side and it was one way traffic, in the next game they put in their second team but it was still one way traffic. It was to be expected when the #3 seeded team at the World Cup hosts the #16 seed. Mexico under the guidance of local BC coach Robin MacDowell have a come long way to make the World Cup but they are the lowest ranked side, even one win at the World Cup would be a victory for the program.
The gap between the programs was obvious in passing skills, player confidence, physical size, handling skills and defence. Mexico weren't able to cross the try line once in the two matches and rarely got the ball out of their half. They'll be facing NZ in their first match so this was a realistic view of what they'll face in that match. They'll then likely face the loser of England v Ireland so it won't get much easier for them. Their path will eventually take them through South Africa or China in the 13th to 16th place matches and then they'll find a closer level of competition.
Canada looked good today, they'll meet Brazil first, then they'll likely face France in the Championship quarter-final. That will be a tough match, then hopefully the semi-final vs most likely Australia.
Here are some photos from the day.
Rugby Mexico in Town Tomorrow to Play Canadian Women in World Cup Warm Up Matches; Upcoming BC 7s Tournament; Thunder 7s Camp Wraps Up
What a great chance to see Canada's women's team off before they head to the World Cup in San Francisco, the tournament starts July 20th. Also a chance to see what Canada's Robin MacDowell has done with the Mexico team as head coach, taking them to their first Rugby World Cup.
The warm up games start at 2:30pm at Brentwood School on Tuesday, July 10th.
Mexico are in tough at the World Cup, their first game is against New Zealand so tomorrow's action will give them a taste of things to come.
Upcoming BC 7s Tournament
Three 7s tournaments coming up in BC, starting with Kelowna July 28-29, then Bayside August 25th and finally Langford September 1st.
Thunder 7s Camp
The Thunder 7s camp for indigenous youth wrapped up Saturday. The graduation was 3 matches for all players with a short rest in between. The neighbouring North Island Tsunami helped fill the numbers to create four teams. The BC XVs youth selection camps were held the same weekend in Vancouver unfortunately which meant some of the top players missed the Saturday 7s tournament. The quality was high however as demonstrated by the highlight reel below. Head coaches Damian McGrath and John Tait were on hand to hand out medals.