Clermont Defeats Canada Selects 54-15: Video Highlights and Summary
There's not a lot to say about the 54-15 loss from a Canadian perspective. Before the two game French series we had said a loss by 20 or less would be encouraging, 20 to 40 predictable and 40+ loss a cause for concern. The first loss by 30 to Castre was the centre of predictable, this 39 point loss was predictable but on the concerning end. More importantly, was the learning worth the money spent reflecting on the $450K that was raised by increasing member dues.
We certainly learned tonight that the Canada Select backs can't stop rampaging Fijian backline players in open space. There may be a few backline players waking up with the sweats as they see freight trains bearing down on them in their dreams/nightmares. Will they experience that when they play Germany, Hong Kong and Kenya or Namibia? No, not very likely. Was this appropriate preparation for what's ahead in November or off the mark, along the lines of the Oxford trip before the Uruguay qualifier? We'll let the experts debate that one.
If there's one play that perhaps sums up the match, it's the one below, just 2 minutes into the match, it was a portent of things to come. Off a Clermont lineout it goes to the #10 who passes to the Fijian inside centre with a dummy runner in between he slices through the Canadian defence and lopes down the field, offloads to the Fijian #7 who gets dragged down 10 metres short of the line. Fortunately for Canada some good work by Ciulini and Heaton saves the day. It was a definite mismatch in Clermont's favour whenever the ball got past the #10.
This play 2 minutes in pretty well summed up the match, Fijian backline players for Clermont had their way, scrappy work by Canadian forwards kept the scoreline somewhat in check. Full video highlights and summary at https://t.co/VKToIev3Wvpic.twitter.com/5bk0JEOeH9
Kyle Baillie scored first in the match to give Canada an early lead. Baillie had caused a turnover in the Clermont lineout about 10 metres from the line so it was fitting the ball would find its way back to him with a prop to beat for the try. Canada looked elated ahead 5-0 with 6 minutes gone but 40 points later it was 40-8 for Clermont at the half and the game decided.
Looking for positives, they were mostly from the forwards in loose play putting their body on the line. The scrum was overpowered and struggled most of the match, again not a scenario expected against Germany, Hong Kong or Kenya. The team kept playing the full 80 minutes so another positive to pull from the match.
Since Clermont scored so easily out wide there was no need to go to lineout and mauls and Canada's maul defence didn't really get tested, something that they will encounter in November. There were few up and unders, again no need for Clermont to use that tactic, Canada will encounter more of that in November, it was an achilles heel against Uruguay. Canada never really got to test their backline with ball in hand while going forward, see how it handled above 100 km/h, it barely got out of 2nd gear.
What would the coach take out of this, a few backline players obviously not up to this professional level of play, but he likely knew that already. The forwards can be scrappy when needed, some more than others and those players didn't hurt their chances for further selection.
The Americas Pacific Challenge games coming up in October are likely to be more useful in preparing the team for competition similar to the repechage. Last year Select sides from USA, Uruguay, Samoa, Tonga and Argentina took part along with Canada.
PEI’s Kyle Baillie got the game’s scoring underway with a brilliant score after poaching the ball in the lineout and finishing it off in the left corner. Guiseppe du Toit would add three points off the boot, but the rest of the first half belonged to the hosts as they scored six tries through Raka (x2), Tao, Tuicuvu, Naqalevu & Ezeala to take a 40-8 advantage into the break.
The second half swayed into Canada’s favour with a scoreless opening 10 minutes, most of which Canada was held inside its own 22m line.
Cole Davis showed his pace off a spilled ball on a turnover to set up Canada’s second try for Lucas Rumball, who fended off one tackler to dive over the line. Despite the score, the home side added two more converted tries in the final 40 to win 54-15.
Canada’s men’s team will now return to Calgary for the third and fourth rounds of the 2018 Senior Men’s Canadian Rugby Championships August 23-26.
With all eyes on November’s Rugby World Cup 2019 repechage tournament in France, these games are crucial for giving Canada’s top domestic-based athletes high quality game time.
Kingsley Jones Names Team to Face Clermont on Friday: LIVE STREAM
There's a few changes to the team that played Castres on the weekend. The props switch around with Buydens and Keith getting the start. Kyle Baillie has joined the tour and bumps Lucas Rumball to the bench at blindside.
The halfbacks remain the same, Doug Fraser comes into the centres and Ben LeSage moves to the wing, sending Cole Davis to the bench. Rob Povey starts fullback with Theo Sauder on the bench.
The Rugby Canada media release says no live stream but there was mention earlier of www.lamontagne.fr and www.sports-auvergne.fr in a french article. Worth a try on game day. [Update: The live stream is on YouTube below]
from Rugby Canada
Issoire, France – Canada Selects head coach Kingsley Jones has named his team to face ASM Clermont Auvergne on Friday to close out their France tour.
Kick off on Friday is 2pm ET/11am PT. The game will not be streamed live, however play-by-play updates can be found on Twitter. www.twitter.com/RugbyCanada
Canada Selects Roster to face ASM Clermont Auvergne:
1. Hubert Buydens – NOLA Gold/Prairie Wolf Pack (Saskatoon, SK) 2. Ray Barkwill – Seattle Seawolves/Ontario Blues (Niagara Falls, ON) 3. Cole Keith – James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock (Sussex, NB) 4. Mike Sheppard – Stoney Creek Camels/Ontario Blues (Brampton, ON) 5. Paul Ciulini – Aurora Barbarians/Ontario Blues (Vaughan, ON) 6. Kyle Baillie – Unattached/Atlantic Rock (Summerside, PEI) 7. Matt Heaton – Darlington Mowden Park/Atlantic Rock (Godmanchester, QC) 8. Luke Campbell – James Bay AA/BC Bears (Victoria, BC) 9. Phil Mack – Seattle Seawolves/BC Bears (Victoria, BC) 10. Pat Parfrey – Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock (St. John’s, NL) 11. Ben LeSage – UBC Thunderbirds/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB) 12. Guiseppe du Toit – UVIC Vikes/BC Bears (Maple Ridge, BC) 13. Doug Fraser – Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears (Ladysmith, BC) 14. Kainoa Lloyd – Mississauga Blues/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON) 15. Robbie Povey – Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack (Northampton, England) 16. Benoit Piffero – Blagnac Sporting Club/Atlantic Rock (Montreal, QC) 17. Djustice Sears-Duru – Unattached/Ontario Blues (Oakville, ON) 18. Ryan Kotlewski – Westshore RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB) 19. Adrian Wadden – Leeds Becket University/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON) 20. Lucas Rumball – Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues (Scarborough, ON) 9. Jorden Sandover-Best – UBC Old Boys/BC Bears (Abbotsford, BC) 22. Mike Nieuwenhuysen – James Bay AA/BC Bears (Brampton, ON) 23.Theo Sauder – UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears (Vancouver, BC) 1. Noah Barker – James Bay AA/BC Bears (Courtenay, BC) 2. Eric Howard – New Orleans Gold/Ontario Blues (Ottawa, ON) 6. Dustin Dobravsky – Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears (Hanover, Germany) XX. Grant Crowell – Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB) 15. Aidan McMullan – UVIC/Atlantic Rock (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC) 23. Josh Thiel – Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears (Abbotsford, BC) 21. Andrew Ferguson – Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON) 11. Cole Davis – Calgary Saints/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
Canada Selects Tour:
August 11th Canada Selects 17 - 47 Castres August 17th
Canada Selects vs. ASM Clermont Issoire, France 8pm local time
Clermont v Canada on Friday 11am PT: Possible Live Stream
We found the article below from La Montagne that suggests there will be a live stream on Friday. The match kicks off at 20:00 local time, 11am PT.
The game is being played in Issoire where the local club USI hosts the annual Auverne Rugby Challenge. They're expecting 4,000 to 5,000 fans.
The proposed live stream according to the article will be from www.lamontagne.fr and www.sports-auvergne.fr - let's hope it's as advertised with no geo-blocking active.
Auvergne rugby challenge: ASM faces Canada this Friday in Issoire
Between 4,000 and 5,000 people are expected Friday, August 17, for the 14th Challenge Auvergne at the rugby complex Lavédrine d'Issoire.
The Jacques Lavedrine stadium displays its most beautiful face. As has been the tradition since 2005, the USI rugby lair is preparing to host ASM as part of the Auvergne Rugby Challenge. Friday night, the flags will not be mauve and black but yellow and blue.
And this year, it is not a club that faces the Jaunards but a national selection, that of Canada. A particular confrontation that does not lack of stake.
"They have the opportunity to qualify for the 2019 World Cup by participating in a repechage tournament in Marseille in November," says Franck Maury, vice president of USI rugby and organizer of the Challenge. "To get ready, they wanted to meet two big French teams, the ASM at home and Castres a week earlier, at the Vaquerin Challenge, in Aveyron (victory of Castres 47 to 17). "
The curtain-raising match will pit Cognac / Saint-Jean-d'Angely against Roval Drôme XV at 18 hours. Once again, no Pro D2 team. "The Federation and the League have shifted the championships. As the Pro D2 resumes on Friday, we have been forced to fetch Federal formations.
This presence of two Federal clubs 1 gives rise to a question mark. With the season just completed by the USI and the rise to the next level that reaches out to the players of the city Saint-Austremoine, will we see one day purple and black jerseys in the opening match of the Auvergne Challenge?
"It was unthinkable a few years ago but now it is in the realm of possibility," admits Franck Maury, smiling.
From there to imagine that such a thing could be feasible from next year, for the 15th edition, there is still a world but ... Answer in a few months.
Practice: kicks off the first match at 18 hours. Price: 17 euros. Sales outlets: USI rugby office, 42 rue Berbiziale 63500 Issoire (Monday to Friday from 5 pm to 7.30 pm, Bar "Le NOC" - Carrefour shopping center 63500 Issoire or www.issoire-rugby.fr
Diffusion . We propose to watch the match ASM-Canada in a commented live. It will be broadcast live and in full, from 19 h 50, on the sites: www.lamontagne.fr and www.sports-auvergne.fr.