ARC 2019 Canada vs Argentina

March 02 2019


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Canada Lose to Argentina 39-23: Periods of Good Rugby but Unable to Sustain for Full 80



The game didn't start well for Canada, Jamie Mackenzie attempted a box kick from inside his 22 without setting up the requisite number of blockers, he had one in there but with his kicking speed and style he needs two at least. It was blocked, Cole Keith came trotting in there during the kick but the damage was done. That's the sort of simple mistake that goes right up to the coaching staff, 5-0.



5 minutes Canada had a chance to cut the lead with a 40+ metre penalty in front of the posts but Hearn pushed it wide, 5-0.

10 minutes a good moment for the scrum as they push Argentina backwards and win a penalty, in the front row Buydens, Piffero, Keith. 5-3.

16 minutes Dustin Dobravsky makes a good attempt at a steal but ref calls "ruck has formed" as the photo shows it clearly hadn't and Dobravsky had all rights to the ball before the ruck formed afterwards. This could have been a penalty in Canada's favour but went against them, Derek Summers the ref didn't distinguish himself in this match. 8-3.



19 minutes Argentina win a penalty, almost duplicate of Dobravsky situation but Canada called for holding on. It was poor clearout from Canada as well, the photos shows the Argentine centre going for the steal, Baillie and Hearn there for clearout, Baillie gets stuck in but can't budge the defender while Hearn loses his balance and ends up on his back on the other side of the ruck. If you analyze the whole sequence it starts with an imprecise pass from Mackenzie that puts Rumball in an awkward position when he's tackled and gives the jackler a golden opportunity. It's the lack of accuracy and technique in the little things, in this case passing and clearing out, that is killing Canada.



20-25 minutes Canada have a strong period of play, if they could put together 80 minutes of this then they could win games. They come away with a penalty after being held up over the goal line. If they had a stronger scrum they might have considered the scrum option and 7 points but it's 3 points, 8-6.

26-40 minutes sees Canada give up two tries, one at 30 minutes and one at the half-time whistle. This play at 26 minutes proved to be a turning point, Canada were again pounding at Argentina's door after a dominant 5 minutes. They had all the momentum and were on the front foot. They decide to go blindside, it's 4 on 3 with Mackenzie picking the ball up Cole Keith, Benoit Piffero and Andrew Coe outside. Mackenzie tries to freeze the first tackler before passing but gets surprised by the speed of the defender, gets hit while trying to pass, the ball ends up on the ground and Argentina counter attack and put sustained pressure on Canada which eventually leads to a try. HT 22-6.



Canada start the second half well and Kyle Baillie who is proving to be the "go to" forward for Canada picks the ball up from a ruck and powers over. 22-13



A strong defensive stand by Canada at 56 minutes leads to the highlight of the match. It's Argentina's turn to make a mistake, one of their burly forwards drops a pass and Canada counter attack with Blevins doing the hard work and Andrew Coe finishing it off, 22-20.



The teams traded penalties and the game was still in the balance with 15 minutes left, 25-22, would Canada be able to finish strong? Unfortunately not as Argentina finished with two tries for a 39-23 final.

Canada played well in spots, a little more precision, a little more nous in decision making, more consistency over 80 minutes it doesn't seem unattainable but improvement in the details must continue in order for Canada to start winning these matches.

As an aside here are a couple of examples of how players from a professional rugby country like Argentina have a little more cynicism (deviousness) in their play that led to two key penalties in the match. The first is when the Argentine player holds Buydens hand into his neck to exaggerate the choking while his teammate screams at the touch judge, it won them a key penalty.



The other is when Justin Blanchet rather naively gets up in front of the scrum half from a ruck, the scrum half milks the penalty and is the one who scores the subsequent try.



On players in general, Andrew Coe, Nick Blevins had top moments. Scrum was good in the first half, gave up some key penalties in the second half when subs from both sides came on. Kyle Baillie consistently the top forward, could do with a few more like him. The new hooker Jordan Olsen didn't distinguish himself at all when he came on, lost two straight lineouts on his throw and was on when Canada gave up the penalty try in the scrum - not all his fault but doesn't look promising.

Canada play USA next weekend in Seattle, it's a home game for Canada but guessing the construction at Westhills has forced the move south.

from Rugby Canada

Argentina started the match off strong, blocking a clearing attempt and scooping up the ball of an early try. Ciaran Hearn kicked two for three penalty kicks in the first half. Argentina scored a try just before the end of the first to lead Canada 22-6 at the break.

An exciting second half was fueled by the cheers from a sold out Westhills Stadium crowd. Canada was finally rewarded after multiple crashing phases with a try by Kyle Baillie. Working off momentum, Andrew Coe got on his horse to beat the Argentinean defense and sprint down the right side, sliding in for the try. A second try by Coe was called off due to a forward pass just a few minutes later.

Argentina XV were awarded a penalty try that secured their win just before the final whistle. With the bonus point they won the 2019 ARC.

Canada will now head south the Seattle for game five of the ARC's against USA. Kickoff is at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT on March 8, 2019.

Canada Roster:

1. Hubert Buydens – (NOLA Gold) Saskatoon, SK
2. Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Club) Montreal, QC
3. Cole Keith – (Toronto Arrows) Sussex, NB
4. Conor Keys – (Rotherham Titans) Stittsville, ON
5. Kyle Baillie – (NOLA Gold) Summerside, PEI
6. Justin Blanchet – (Bedford Blues) Montreal, QC
7. Lucas Rumball – Captain(Toronto Arrows) Mississauga, ON
8. Dustin Dobravsky – (Castaway Wanderers) Hanover, Germany
9. Jamie Mackenzie – (Toronto Arrows) Oakville, ON
10. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
11. Kainoa Lloyd – (Toronto Arrows) Mississauga, ON
12. Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish) Conception Bay South, NL
13. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
14. Andrew Coe – (Markham Irish) Toronto, ON
15. Theo Sauder – (Toronto Arrows) Vancouver, BC
16. Jordan Olsen – (Northland) Whangarei, NZ
17. Noah Barker – (Glendale Raptors) Courtenay, BC
18. Ryan Kotlewski – (Westshore RFC) Calgary, AB
19. Josh Larsen – (Austin Elite) Parksville, BC
20. Nakai Penny – (Seattle Seawolves) Penticton, BC
21. Will Percillier – (Stade Francais) Mill Bay, BC
22. Pat Parfrey – (Unattached) St. John’s, NL
23. Doug Fraser – (Austin Elite) Ladysmith, BC

2019 ARC Schedule:

February 2
Canada 17 - 20 Uruguay

February 9
Canada 10 - 18 Brazil

February 22
Canada 56 – 0 Chile

March1
Canada 23-39 Argentina XV

Canada vs. USA
March 8
Starfire Sports
Seattle, USA
Kick-off: 10pm ET/7pm PT
Broadcast:
Live on www.tsn.ca/TSNApp
Tape delay 11pm ET/8pm PT on TSN 2



Canada Team Announced for Argentina Friday Evening: Three Changes from Chile Match



Three changes from the starting XV vs Chile. At hooker Eric Howard has returned to NOLA and is replaced by Benoit Piffero, Mike Sheppard returns to Toronto and is replaced by Conor Keys and in the backline Gordon McRorie gets the start ahead of Pat Parfrey. Josh Larsen comes back into the mix as second row replacement.

All eyes will be on the replacement bench however as fans will want to see what the new Northland hooker, Jordan Olsen, will bring to the mix when he gets into the match.

The props remain the same, last match Cole Keith played almost the full 80 at tighthead, with Kotlewski being brought in at the whistle without touching the ball. Against Argentina it's likely to be a tougher battle up front. The surprise team of the tournament in front row terms has been Brazil and even though Argentina were on the back foot at times vs Brazil they pushed back when needed, Canada were completely overwhelmed so it will be interesting to see the front row battle on Friday night. Predicting front row replacements earlier on versus Argentina.

Canada looked good against winless Chile last Friday but this will be a sterner test.

from Rugby Canada

LANGFORD, BC (February 27, 2019) – Canada head coach Kingsley Jones has announced three changes to his starting roster to face Argentina XV on Friday in the fourth match of the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship (ARC).

21-cap hooker Benoit Piffero joins the starting front row alongside last weekend’s prop pairing of Hubert Buydens and Cole Keith. Mike Sheppard has returned to bolster the Toronto Arrow’s forward pack for their match this Saturday’s Major League Rugby game against Glendale, giving Conor Keys a chance to start beside Kyle Baillie in the second row for Canada.

Canada’s backrow remains untouched from last Friday’s comprehensive 56-0 win over Chile, with Captain Lucas Rumball on the flank with Justin Blanchet and Dustin Dobravsky at number eight.

The lone change to Canada’s backline sees veteran Gordon McRorie replace Pat Parfrey at flyhalf. The 30-year-old sits fourth all-time on Canada’s points scoring table with 265 test points in his six-year career.

Canada’s centre pairing of Ciaran Hearn and Nick Blevins boasts a combined total of 124 international test caps, giving Jones an experienced midfield. Wingers Andrew Coe and Kainoa Lloyd, who combined for five tries against Chile, continue their string of starts with Theo Sauder returning at fullback.

Only two changes to Canada’s bench as newcomer Jordan Olsen – who qualifies for Canada through his Winnipeg-based family – could see his first appearance off the bench at hooker. Parksville, BC’s Josh Larsen also returns to the roster after scoring a try last weekend for Austin Elite against San Diego.

While Friday’s game is not considered a test match – due to Argentina XV being a development squad, compared to Los Pumas being their number one side – it provides Jones’ outfit with high quality opposition.

Kick off on Friday is 10pm ET/7pm PT and you can watch LIVE on TSN 5.

Canada Roster:

1. Hubert Buydens – (NOLA Gold) Saskatoon, SK
2. Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Club) Montreal, QC
3. Cole Keith – (Toronto Arrows) Sussex, NB
4. Conor Keys – (Rotherham Titans) Stittsville, ON
5. Kyle Baillie – (NOLA Gold) Summerside, PEI
6. Justin Blanchet – (Bedford Blues) Montreal, QC
7. Lucas Rumball – Captain(Toronto Arrows) Mississauga, ON
8. Dustin Dobravsky – (Castaway Wanderers) Hanover, Germany
9. Jamie Mackenzie – (Toronto Arrows) Oakville, ON
10. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
11. Kainoa Lloyd – (Toronto Arrows) Mississauga, ON
12. Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish) Conception Bay South, NL
13. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
14. Andrew Coe – (Markham Irish) Toronto, ON
15. Theo Sauder – (Toronto Arrows) Vancouver, BC
16. Jordan Olsen – (Northland) Whangarei, NZ
17. Noah Barker – (Glendale Raptors) Courtenay, BC
18. Ryan Kotlewski – (Westshore RFC) Calgary, AB
19. Josh Larsen – (Austin Elite) Parksville, BC
20. Nakai Penny – (Seattle Seawolves) Penticton, BC
21. Will Percillier – (Stade Francais) Mill Bay, BC
22. Pat Parfrey – (Unattached) St. John’s, NL
23. Doug Fraser – (Austin Elite) Ladysmith, BC

2019 ARC Schedule:

February 2
Canada 17 - 20 Uruguay

February 9
Canada 10 - 18 Brazil

February 22
Canada 56 – 0 Chile

Canada vs. Argentina XV
March 1
Westhills Stadium
Langford, BC
Kick-off: 10pm ET/7pm PT
Broadcast:
Live on TSN 5

Canada vs. USA
March 8
Starfire Sports
Seattle, USA
Kick-off: 10pm ET/7pm PT
Broadcast:
Live on www.tsn.ca/TSNApp
Tape delay 11pm ET/8pm PT on TSN 2

Argentina Roster (Update)

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