Canada Out Muscled in Uruguay - Lose 20-17 Despite Man Advantage
The first score by Uruguay came at the 13 minute mark, it was scored through clever interplay between scrumhalf and wing on the blindside after a lineout and maul had stalled. The situation was setup by dominance of the Uruguayan forwards who won the penalty at the scrum, driving Canada's scrum back on the tighthead side where Matt Tierney was going up against Mateo Sanguinetti. The dominance of the Uruguay forwards would eventually be the difference in the match despite Uruguay playing with 14 men for 64 minutes due to a red card to their scrum half Santiago Arata.
Even down to 14 men the Uruguay scrum continuted to dominate and won another penalty at the 23 minute mark, this time it was going back on the loosehead side where Djustice Sears-Duru was going up against Mario Sagario. It was now 8-0 for Uruguay.
Canada had an attempt at a penalty at 31 minutes but Theo Sauder sent it wide.
Kainoa Lloyd provided the first Canadian spark on attack when he returned the scrum half's box kick down the middle of the field, dished off to Coe, to Lesage and eventually to Hearn who crossed the line. A picture perfect play which resulted in 5 points at the 36 minute mark and an 8-5 half time score.
Just a minute into the second half Theo Sauder scored on a brilliant solo effort where he weaved through several tacklers to score near the posts. The effort was setup by some strong straight ahead running by the forwards. Canada were in the lead for the first time 12-8.
Canada had another chance for points at the 47 minute mark but Theo Sauder again put the kick wide. Canada were applying a lot of pressure to start the second half and the 14 man Uruguayan team were starting to show cracks in the defence. In retrospect this is where Canada should have been able to put the game away but errors and turnovers foiled a number of scoring attempts. Ben Lesage picked up a yellow at the 53 minute mark, called in by the touch judge.
At 61 minutes after prolonged pressure inside the Uruguay 22, Jamie Mackenzie saw a seam near the ruck and dove over to put Canada ahead 17-8. Sauder missed the conversion, 1 for 5 for kicks so far on the day. Still with the man advantage for the last quarter and a 9 point lead Canada looked on the ascendancy and just needed to finish off Uruguay with some precision rugby.
Uruguay started to put together a multi-phase attack and gained metres every carry as Canada's soft defence was bending and offering little pushback to Uruguay's patient game. Uruguay won a penalty, went to lineout and maul, and then camped out inside Canada's 5 metres just bashing away in the forwards. They eventually wore the Canadian defence down and were rewarded for their efforts, 17-13, with the conversion missed. This passage of play really highlighted the difference between the two sides. Canada plays passive defence, containing the opposition until they make an error. Uruguay looked like they could go all day taking a few metres at a time and not turning the ball over. Canada would have to up their defensive pressure to win this match.
It wasn't to be, once Uruguay got within the Canada half they kept possession, won each contact battle, gained metres until they got a penalty, lineout, maul, camp out inside 5 metres and wear Canada down. They scored at the whistle. Uruguay won this match on willpower, the ability to win the contact area and good old fashioned 8 man rugby without mistakes. They did it all down a man.
Next up for Canada is Brazil.
Kingsley Jones Names Match Day 23 for Uruguay Clash on Saturday 4:40pm PST
The Canada team certainly doesn't have the European expertise the USA are bringing to their squad. They have 9 players from overseas, 4 playing in the top level English Premiership. Canada have Ciaran Hearn from London Irish, Matt Tierney Pau, and Conor Keys Rotherham, Will Percillier is an academy player at Stade Francais. Canada are relying heavily on the MLR with 8 starters from MLR teams, 3 from Europe and 4 from local clubs or unattached in the case of Pat Parfrey. It's interesting they have Andrew Coe listed as Markham Irish instead of the Canada 7s program, not sure if there's something to be read into that.
There are only two backline replacements, Nick Blevins and Will Percillier. If anything happens to Parfrey then Theo Sauder would have to step into the flyhalf position. It's certainly a veteran halfback pairing with Jamie Mackenzie to Pat Parfrey. No sign of veteran Ray Barkwill who seems to be saving himself for the World Cup. Noah Barker would likely come in as replacement hooker, a position he's played before. The team have 3 replacement loose forwards, so expecting some return at the breakdown with basically two shifts. Mike Sheppard could slot into second row if needed.
Two possible new caps with Nakai Penny and Will Percillier.
It's a capable group and it will be interesting to see how they perform on the road against Uruguay. from Rugby Canada
MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY – Canada head coach Kingsley Jones has named his starting roster to open the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) on Saturday against Uruguay.
Canada will be captained by Toronto Arrows’ flanker Lucas Rumball, who, at just 23-years-of-age, has already racked up 26 test caps and scored four tries. Rumball, who was also recently named Captain of the newly-formed Arrows, made his debut against Uruguay three years ago as part of the ARC in Langford, BC.
“It’s always an exciting match when we play Uruguay. I think on Saturday’s we’re going to see a similar physical, exciting and back-and-forth game that we have in the past against Uruguay and I know the boys are excited,” said Rumball.
Leading into the fourth edition of the six-team ARC, Canada currently sits in 20thon the official World Rugby rankings, while Uruguay holds the 17thposition. However, if Canada can defeat Uruguay by 15 or more points on Saturday the two sides would switch positions in the rankings, giving Jones’ side their best seating in more than two and a half years.
“These ARC test matches are vitally important for us to continue building depth and momentum as a program as we work towards the Rugby World Cup,” said Jones. “Players have had meaningful rugby with their MLR clubs leading into this ARC tournament which will stand them in good stead. The biggest challenge is the fact that we have an away fixture to start the tournament. Which means we were only able to get the full squad together on Tuesday after extensive travel, leaving us with a few short days to prepare.”
Canada holds an 8-4 record all-time dating back to 1995 against Uruguay, however the South Americans have won their last three matches including last year’s two-game aggregate Rugby World Cup qualifiers.
“We have a lot of respect for Uruguay and know they are a physical side that are tough to beat, especially at home,” said Jones. “I don’t think there’s a great deal between the two teams, however Uruguay knows how to win a bit better than us at the moment, but we are getting there on the back of three test wins in November.”
Saturday could see two debutants on Canada’s Men’s Team, as 20-year-old scrum half Will Percillier and 22-year-old forward Nakai Penny have been named to the reserves bench.
Saturday’s test match kicks off a busy calendar year for Canada, with five matches during the ARC, three at the Pacific Nations Cup in July and August and a minimum of four matches RWC in September and October in Japan.
Rugby Canada is currently looking into other pre-RWC fixtures in Canada, with details to be announced in the coming weeks.
Kick off on Saturday is 7:40pm ET/4:40pm PT in Canada and fans can watch LIVE via www.tsn.caor the TSN App, while the game will also be shown on tape delay on February 4that 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT.
Tickets for the two fixtures in Langford, BC can be purchased at https://rugby.ca/en/tickets. With Westhills Stadium currently under construction, the total capacity for these two test matches is 1,000, therefore seating is limited.
1. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Seattle Seawolves) Oakville, ON
2. Eric Howard – (NOLA Gold) Ottawa, ON
3. Matt Tierney – (Pau) Oakville, ON
4. Conor Keys – (Rotherham Titans) Stittsville, ON
5. Josh Larsen – (Austin Elite) Parskville, BC
6. Kyle Baillie – (NOLA Gold) Summerside, PEI
7. Lucas Rumball – Captain(Toronto Arrows) Mississauga, ON
8. Luke Campbell – (James Bay AA) Victoria, BC
9. Jamie Mackenzie – (Toronto Arrows) Oakville, ON
10. Pat Parfrey – (Unattached) St. John’s, NL
11. Kainoa Lloyd – (Toronto Arrows) Mississauga, ON
12. Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish) Conception Bay South, NL
13. Ben LeSage – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
14. Andrew Coe – (Markham Irish) Toronto, ON
15. Theo Sauder – (Toronto Arrows) Vancouver, BC
16. Noah Barker – (Utah Warriors) Courtenay, BC
17. Ryan Kotlewski – (Westshore RFC) Calgary, AB
18. Cole Keith – (Toronto Arrows) Sussex, NB
19. Mike Sheppard – (Toronto Arrows) Brampton, ON
20. Dustin Dobravsky – (Castaway Wanderers) Hanover, Germany
21. Nakai Penny – (Seattle Seawolves) Penticton, BC
22. Will Percillier – (Stade Francais) Mill Bay, BC
23. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
2019 ARC Schedule:
Canada vs. Uruguay
Kick-off: 21:40 local time (7:40pm ET/4:40pm PT)
Live on www.tsn.ca/TSNApp
Tape delay on February 4that 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT on TSN 2