20th Place Canada Lose to 28th Place Brazil 18-10 For 0-2 ARC Record
It's difficult to know how to write this up, should we go good news, bad news? Good news Ciaran Hearn scored a nice solo try, bad news the Canadian scrum got owned, packaged and shipped back to Canada postage due.
Do you take the attitude, hey they tried, everyone gets a sticker for trying, a lot of Rugby Canada supporters seem to take that attitude these days, the only way to keep your sanity I suppose. I guess call me old school but it wasn't good enough, I want better, I want to know what's happening to make it better?
We have a game against Chile at home coming up, are you going to run out the same players so they can get a win and some confidence or are you going to look at some, quite a few, new players to see if they have what it takes against the last place team in the ARC? It seems a low risk approach. Argentina are coming up after that, they beat Brazil 54-3, it could get ugly without some new approach.
The camera panned quickly over to the Canada bench and the announcer remarked that Ray Barkwill was there in civvies. I pray he wasn't the scrum coach, that wouldn't look good on the resume. We have some great front row technicians within a 30 mile radius of the Centre of Excellence(?), hopefully Kingsley Jones is taking advantage of that fact.
There was a lot of talk on how great Brazil's scrum is, and it is good but look how Argentina responded when they were backed up against their goal line.
The most entertainment from the match may come from looking at the comments section on the RC facebook post, 86 at last count.
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What else is there to say, Kainoa Lloyd looked dangerous when he touched the ball, Ciaran Hearn scored a nice try, Luke Campbell picked up an injury that looks like it was serious. Jamie Mackenzie threw a falcon off Matt Tierney's head that probably summed up Canada's game in a nutshell, after Hearn's try that might come second in Canada's game highlights.
It can only get better right, Chile up at home, how is that for a sure win? from Rugby Canada
Canada had a strong start to the match with a penalty by Brazil setting up veteran Ciaran Hearn for the kick and adding three points on early.
Hearn followed that up by with an impressive effort, weaving his way through players and powering over the line to score the first try of the match. He added on the conversion to put Canada up 10-0 with just 9 minutes played.
From there it was Brazil's Josh Reeves who controlled the scoring for the rest of the match. Reeves was good for 6 penalty kicks that ultimately secured the win for Brazil.
Brazil utilized their powerful scrum to put Canada on their heals and draw several penalties. It was a heated match, with tensions boiling over on both sides but Canada taking the brunt of the penalties.
The Americas Rugby Championships will now break for a bye week where several Canadian players will return to their Major League Rugby duties before they return to home base in Langford, BC to ready themselves for the first of their two home ARC matches.
Canada will face Chile first on February 22 and then match up against Argentina XV on March 1.
Canada Make One Change for Brazil as Justin Blanchet Replaces Mike Sheppard on the Bench
One of the several disappointments from Saturday's loss to Uruguay was how the bench was utilized. Canada's forwards had run out of gas with 15 minutes left in the game. Canada were ahead by 9 points and had a man advantage, there's no way they should have lost that match.
If you watch the last 15 minutes Canada's defensive line speed was slow, their impact at the breakdown was weak, Uruguay gained confidence as they pushed Canada back on almost every phase. Canada made very little effort to turn the ball over and the opportunities were abundant, when they did try it was sloppy and they were penalized. It was a tired group of forwards. Nakai Penny's strength is his aggressive tackling, he needed to be on the field for the last 15. Dustin Dobravsky is a smart player, reads the game well, as a fresh set of legs he needed to be on the field for the last 15 minutes.
Brazil lost 54-3 to the Argentina XVs side, if Canada are to be competitive in this tournament they need to win this match by 20 points at least and hopefully closer to 30. They have the talent out wide with Sauder, Lesage, Hearn, Coe, Lloyd to put the points on the board. They need to stiffen up on defence and stop allowing the opposition to break the gain line on every carry. from Rugby Canada
SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL (February 7, 2019) – Canada head coach Kingsley Jones has named an unchanged starting team for the second match of the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) against Brazil on Saturday.
The squad will be captained by 23-year old Lucas Rumball, who is set to earn his 27th test cap; 4thas Captain.
The lone change in the 23-man side is on the bench, with Quebec’s Justin Blanchet replacing Ontario’s Mike Sheppard, giving him a chance to win his first cap. Will Percillier – who was selected as a replacement against Uruguay last week, but did not make it onto the field – could also make his Canada debut this weekend.
“Despite the final result, we had a good performance last week. The players fought to the death. It was a really tough way to lose. Hopefully we use the experience to galvanize the group; take the disappointment and turn it into a positive against a good Brazil team,” said Jones.
Brazil opened their ARC campaign last weekend with a 54-3 loss to Argentina XV, failing to score a try in the effort.
“We’re not reading too much into Brazil’s result against Argentina XV in the first round of the ARC. They faced a very good Argentinian team on home soil. We are anticipating a very different Brazil team on Saturday; we expect a game full of passion and commitment in a tough environment,” he added.
Canada has a 2-1 record all time against the South Americans, with all three fixtures taking part during the ARC dating back to 2016. Brazil’s lone victory came in 2017 at Estadio do Pacaembu by a score of 24-23.
“Brazil have come a long way in the last few years with some very good players who are very well coached. We’re looking forward to a tough challenge in the scrum. We will have to play for the full 80 to get the result we want,” added Jones.
Newfoundland’s all-time cap leader Ciaran Hearn is set to reach another milestone when he steps on the field Saturday, surpassing Scott Stewart to take over fourth place in appearances for Canada with 65. 33-year-old Hearn, who won his first cap against Ireland in 2008 and has competed in the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups, only sits behind Winston Stanley (66), Al Charron (76) and Aaron Carpenter (80) on the all-time list.
Kick off on Saturday is 5:15pm ET/2:15pm PT in Canada and fans can watch LIVE on TSN 3.
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. Justin Blanchet – (Bedford Blues) Montreal, QC
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 17 - 20 Uruguay
Canada vs. Brazil
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Kick-off: 20:15 local time (5:15pm ET/2:15pm PT)
Live on TSN 3
Canada vs. Chile
Kick-off: 10pm ET/7pm PT
Live on TSN 5
Canada vs. Argentina XV
Kick-off: 10pm ET/7pm PT
Live on TSN 5
Canada vs. USA
Kick-off: 10pm ET/7pm PT
Live on www.tsn.ca/TSNApp
Tape delay 11pm ET/8pm PT on TSN 2