Canada Look Aimless in 45-5 loss to Argentina XV: FULL MATCH VIDEO
Another loss for Canada A, expected perhaps but the one sided nature of the loss will disappoint the rugby faithful. It was a young Argentina A squad, no players over 30. They had lost their first game to Samoa who today defeated Tonga 23-15. Canada's last match is against Tonga.
Argentina scored at 7 minutes with a decoy lineout play that completely fooled the Canadian defence. Throughout the match Argentina would use preset plays likely having scouted Canada's defensive strategy which applies very little pressure on the attacking team, giving them ample time to execute training ground moves.
Argentina scored again at 21 minutes when Eric Howard overthrew the jumper in a lineout near the Canada goal line, Argentina pounced on the ball, spread it wide and it was another easy try.
Argentina scored again out wide 2 minutes later from several phases inside the Canada 5 metres. Canada were in that position after they allowed Argentina to take the kickoff and run the length of the field to Canada's 22. It's the second game in a row where the receiving team has taken the kickoff against Canada and the runner has made 60 metres without being touched. Making matters worse was a yellow card to #10 Gordon McRorie for dumping the player that had latched onto him at the ruck. Canada were now down 19-0 and down to 14 men for 10 minutes.
Just before half Argentina scored another try off what looked like a set play from a ruck. It was reminiscent of basketball strategy where players run off the big men in a post position. In basketball of course you're not allowed tackling the post player but if your opponent isn't putting any defensive pressure on then you're free to run these types of play successfully in rugby. The coaches of Germany, Kenya and Hong Kong will be taking notes on how well these plays work against Canada's defence. It ended up 26-0 at the half and Canada had hardly shown any glimpses of an attacking threat.
At 57 minutes Argentina scored a push over try, actually awarded as a penalty try. Djustice was getting worked over at the loosehead position and it wouldn't be long after that before he was subbed out. 33-0 for Argentina at this point.
61 minutes and Argentina keeps the scoreboard ticking over, a maul goes to ground and the ball gets spread to the other side of the field and the outside man walks in, no need to waste a phase of play with Canada's porous defence. 40-0 now for the young Argentina A side and it's looking dire for the national Canadian men's XVs rugby program.
64 minutes Canada scores its only try by Theo Sauder, fitting perhaps as he looked the one player outside of Phil Mack interested in attacking rugby. 40-5 for Argentina A. Three minutes later Argentina were over again, to be fair, this one shouldn't have counted as the player looked clearly in touch when he passed the ball. Even the assistant referees were having a poor game, 45-5.
Mercifully the last 10 minutes went quickly and Argentina didn't score again. The final 45-5.
Canada seemed devoid of a game plan on attack and confused on defence. It makes one reflect on how the Seattle Seawolves won the inaugural MLR season without a dedicated coach, just Phil Mack as player/coach. Watching him wave players around at the breakdown to get in the right position, it appears players haven't been given any guidance beforehand or the plan is so confusing that nobody seems to know what's going on. Want to give the XVs players more money while maintaining the 7s players current wages? I have one action item to put on the table that will fix that almost immediately and likely improve the men's XVs team performance at the same time.
FULL MATCH VIDEO
Kingsley Jones Names 23 to Face Argentina A Tomorrow at Noon PT
Kingsley Jones names his team to face Argentina A tomorrow at noon PT. The front row is completely changed from the Uruguay match with hopefully a better result against another traditionally strong scrummaging side. Djustice takes loosehead, Howard at hooker and Kotlewski at tighthead. Barker gets rested while Barkwill, Buydens and Keith provide backup from the bench.
The second row is new as well with Mike Sheppard and Conor Keys getting the start. Kyle Baillie is moved to blindside flanker and Ciulini to the bench. Travis Larsen replaces Heaton at openside with Heaton still recuperating from the suspected concussion in the Uruguay match. Dustin Dobravsky gets the start at #8 with Luke Campbell providing backup from the bench. Lucas Rumball is not in the match day 23.
At halfbacks Phil Mack as expected at scrum half and Gordon McRorie replacing Parfrey at standoff with Parfrey getting a spot on the bench. Du Toit remains at #12, Doug Fraser is replaced by Jordan Wilson-Ross and Nick Blevins provides backup from the bench. The back three remain unchanged with Lloyd, Sauder and Staller maintaining their spots. Clayton Meeres gets his first appearance on the bench.
Argentina were upset by Samoa and will be looking to improve in their second match. As usual Canada will have to remain focused for the full 80 minutes, a task that has eluded them lately. The pack will have to match up in the set pieces and the back three will have to provide more attacking options. McRorie and JWR being the main changes in the backline will have to provide some extra offensive spark.
The game will be live streamed on worldrugby.org at noon PT.
Canada’s Americas Pacific Challenge Roster:
1. Djustice Sears-Duru – Unattached/Ontario Blues (Oakville, ON)
2. Eric Howard – NOLA Gold/Ontario Blues (Ottawa, ON)
3. Ryan Kotlewski – Westshore RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
4. Mike Sheppard – Stoney Creek Camels/Ontario Blues (Brampton, ON)
5. Conor Keys – UVIC Vikes/Atlantic Rock (Stittsville, ON)
6. Kyle Baillie – Westshore RFC/Atlantic Rock (Summerside, PEI)
7. Travis Larsen – James Bay AA (Parksville, BC)
8. Dustin Dobravsky – Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears (Hanover, Germany)
9. Phil Mack – Captain, Seattle Seawolves/BC Bears (Victoria, BC)
10. Gordon McRorie – Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
11. Brock Staller – Seattle Seawolves/BC Bears (Vancouver, BC)
12. Guiseppe du Toit – UVIC Vikes/BC Bears (Maple Ridge, BC)
13. Jordan Wilson-Ross – Vancouver Rowing Club/Atlantic Rock (Alliston, ON)
14. Kainoa Lloyd – Mississauga Blues/Ontario Blues (Mississauga, ON)
15. Theo Sauder – UBC Thunderbirds (Vancouver, BC)
16. Ray Barkwill – Seattle Seawolves/Ontario Blues (Niagara Falls, ON)
17. Hubert Buydens – NOLA Gold/Prairie Wolf Pack (Saskatoon, SK)
18. Cole Keith – James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock (Sussex, NB)
19. Paul Ciulini – Aurora Barbarians/Ontario Blues (Vaughan, ON)
20. Luke Campbell – James Bay AA/BC Bears (Victoria, BC)
21. Pat Parfrey – Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock (St. John’s, NL)
22. Nick Blevins – Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack (Calgary, AB)
23. Clayton Meeres – James Bay AA/BC Bears (Chilliwack, BC)
Kingsley Jones – Head Coach
Henry Paul – Defence Coach
Aaron Carpenter – Assistant Coach
Michael Deasy – S & C Coach
Calum Ramsay – Performance Analyst
Mallory White – Head Physiotherapist
Mike Cook – Physiotherapist
Dr. Lindsay Bradley – Team Physician
Alana Gattinger – Team Manager
Canada’s Americas Pacific Challenge schedule:
Canada “A” 21 - 35 Uruguay “A”
Canada “A” vs. Argentina “A”
4pm local time (3pm ET/12pm PT)
Canada “A” vs. Tonga “A”
11am local time (10am ET/7am PT)