Canada v USA - ARC 2019

March 09 2019


Kyle Baillie - Canada v Chile 2019 (1200px)
© Chris Wilson

Canada Lose 30-25 to Finish ARC in 5th Place



Canada finished out the ARC with a 1-4 record for a 5th place finish. Chile play Argentina tomorrow but regardless of the result they'll finish 6th and last, Brazil play Uruguay and if they get a bonus point win they could finish 3rd ahead of Uruguay but are guaranteed a 4th place finish at least.

Close only counts in horseshoes as they say, Canada were only able to defeat Chile in this tournament, not good enough. They played hard tonight there's no doubt, when Luke Campbell came back up after scoring a try, his nose was no longer in the centre of his face. It was gritty, it was hard rugby but Canada lost as they did to Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina.

Canada were ahead 25-23 with two minutes left and had a drop-out from the 22 after the USA missed a penalty. The USA received the kick just outside their 22 and winger Mike Te'o pinned his ears back and scythed through the Canadian defence like a hot knife through butter. A few phases later they were over the line. When it mattered they came through, we didn't. He cut between Conor Keys and Nick Blevins, two guys who played their hearts out, but on this play they didn't deliver. It's a cruel game sometimes, you slug it out for 78 minutes and a momentary drop in concentration and it's over. It didn't help that Kyle Baillie received a yellow card at 76 minutes for a high tackle, there were plenty of high tackles in the game, this one for some reason merited a yellow.

It has been like that for Canada lately, refs don't like us, especially south american refs it seems, balls bounce the wrong way and when the other team needs a big play they get it. It's hard to say whether we need a new coach, a psychiatrist or an exorcism. Seriously though if you rewind before the Baillie yellow card (which can possibly be linked to the gap in defence on Teo's run), you see a poor clearance kick from Jamie Mackenzie at scrum half which doesn't relieve the pressure that Canada are under. The kicking in general from Canada's halfbacks and back three is one technical area that needs to improve. Either the coach's plan was to keep the ball in play at all cost or the kicking accuracy and ability to find touch is subpar for this level of play. When Canada lost to Brazil it wasn't only their scrum that was influential it was the tactical kicking of their NZ born flyhalf.

It was a gutsy performance, no one can dispute that, but perhaps Canada needs more to win matches.

The match timeline is below:
6 Magie 3-0 Pen
13 Try 3-5 Blevins
14 Con 3-7 McRorie
18 Taufetee 8-7 Try
32 Try 8-12 Campbell
38 Dolan 13-12 Try
39 Magie 15-12 Con
Half Time
45 Taufetee 20-12 Try
51 Try 20-17 Campbell
52 Con 20-19 McRorie
58 Magie 23-19 Pen
62 Pen 23-22 McRorie
73 Pen 23-25 McRorie
79 de Hass 28-25 Try
80 30-25 Con

Canada's next action is the Pacific Nations Cup in July/August when Canada will again play USA to kick off the tournament.

from Rugby Canada

Canada fell to rivals USA on the final play of the match, losing 30-25 on Friday, March 8, 2019 in Seattle to close 2019 Americas Rugby Championship (ARC).

With USA already on the board with a penalty kick, it was Nick Blevins who scored the first try of the game off a skip pass. After that a heavy pushing Canadian maul brought Luke Campbell over the line. A TMO decision ruled that Campbell touched it down and put Canada up 12-8.

USA grinded out a second try just before the break and went into the second half leading 15-12. Gordon McRorie had a penalty kick and conversion in the first.

Heavy forward play by the U.S. got them a try early in the second half. Answering for Canada was Campbell with his second of the match after a lengthy drive forward inside USA's 22 metre. Canada fended off steady pressure from the USA with McRorie making two penalties late in the match to put Canada up 25-23.

Devastation came for Canada as they were playing a man down off a yellow card for a high tackle in the final minutes of play. USA's scrum half scored the final try of the match off a pick and go on the short side of the scrum in the final play of the match. USA came out victorious 30-25 to close out the final match of the ARC.

Canada went 1-5 in ARC in competition, with their lone win against Chile at home in Langford. Several members of the squad will now return to their Major League Rugby and international duties with a break from national team play.

Canada's Roster to face USA

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) Scarborough, ON
8. Luke Campbell – (James Bay AA) Victoria, BC
9. Phil Mack – (Seattle Seawolves) Victoria, BC
10. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
11. Kainoa Lloyd – (Toronto Arrows) Mississauga, ON
12. Ben LeSage – (UBC Thunderbirds) Vancouver, BC
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. Dustin Dobravsky – (Castaway Wanderers) Hanover, Germany
21. Jamie Mackenzie – (Toronto Arrows) Oakville, ON
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

March 8
Canada 25-30 USA


Canada and USA Announce Rosters for Friday Night's Clash in Seattle



The big change for Canada is Mack is back, the Seattle Seawolves scrumhalf takes the opportunity to play in front of the home crowd against USA. On the other side is Olive Kilifi the Seattle Seawolves prop on the reserve bench.

The other change for Canada is Luke Campbell coming back from injury pushing Dustin Dobravsky to the reserves bench. Besides that it's business as usual.

Jordan Olsen the Northland hooker gets another chance to impress off the bench, the first try didn't go too well. Kyle Baillie has been the standout forward for Canada in the ARC matches and Hubert Buydens has brought some stability to the front row.

Canada are ranked 21st while USA dropped 2 spots after the loss to Uruguay and sit at 15th. With the proposed new Nations Championship expected to come online around 2022 the jostle for rankings becomes even more important with the possibility of 1-12 in Tier 1, 13-24 in Tier 2 and 24+ in Tier 3.

Kickoff is at 7pm.

from Canada Rugby

SEATTLE, USA (March 6, 2019) – Canada head coach Kingsley Jones has named two changes to his starting roster to close out the 2019 Americas Rugby Championships (ARC) against USA on Friday.

Veteran scrumhalf and Seattle Seawolves star Phil Mack is set to make his 2019 debut for Canada, while number 8 Luke Campbell returns from injury to bolster the forward pack.

Canada will once again be captained by flanker Lucas Rumball, while replacement hooker Jordan Olsen could win his test match debut off the bench.

Canada are looking for their second win of the tournament on the back of a 56 nil home win over Chile and a very competitive performance in last weekend’s loss to Argentina XV in Langford.

“I was pleased with our performance, we were competitive in every department last weekend against a very strong Argentina XV, scoring some good tries with some excellent individual performances,” said Jones.

USA hold a 2-2 record so far in the ARC with wins over Chile and Brazil, while falling to Argentina XV and a surprise loss to Uruguay last weekend at Starfire Sports Stadium in Seattle.

“USA will be disappointed with their home defeat last week, we are expecting a tough game against a highly motivated USA team. They are an excellent side and they will also be looking to end their ARC with a positive result in front of their home fans on Friday,” added Jones.

“There’s a passionate rivalry between these two nations and the USA have had the upper hand lately, so we need to be prepared and maximize the opportunity. A win on Friday would be huge for momentum as we push to the Rugby World Cup.”

Friday’s test match is the final game for Canada until the Pacific Nations Cup, kicking off against USA in Colorado on July 27th. From there Canada will travel to Suva, Fiji to face Fiji and Tonga on August 3rd and 9th respectively before returning home to continue preparing for the RWC in Japan.

Kick off on Friday is 10pm ET/7pm PT and the game can be seen live online at www.tsn.ca or the TSN App, while it will be delayed by one hour on TSN 3 at 11pm ET/8pm PT.

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) Scarborough, ON
8. Luke Campbell – (James Bay AA) Victoria, BC
9. Phil Mack – (Seattle Seawolves) Victoria, BC
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. Dustin Dobravsky – (Castaway Wanderers) Hanover, Germany
21. Jamie Mackenzie – (Toronto Arrows) Oakville, ON
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 3

from USA Rugby

SEATTLE, WA. - The USA Men’s Eagles have named their match-day 23 to face rival-Canada in the finale of the Americas Rugby Championship 2019 this Friday, Mar 8 at Starfire Sports in Seattle, WA. Kickoff is set for 7 PM Pacific Time with the game broadcast LIVE on FloRugby.

Head Coach Gary Gold has made six changes to the starting XV and five to the bench from last week’s matchup with Uruguay. The forwards will feature David Ainuu starting at prop, Ben Landry in at lock and John Quill back into a starting position at flanker. Scrumhalf Shaun Davies and wing Mike Te’o both return to the backs while Marcel Brache slots in at fullback. Will Hooley will remain out of Friday's contest due to HIA protocol.

San Diego Legion and former Men’s Eagles Sevens resident-athlete Malon Al-Jiboori will have a chance to make his second appearance with the Eagles (15s) as a reserve. Jiboori first debuted in the Americas Rugby Championship last year -- scoring his first try off the bench -- and spent the remainder of the season in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Seattle Seawolves Olive Kilifi has the opportunity to play on his home turf at Starfire Sports with a place on the bench while Greg Peterson, Ruben de Haas and Tadhg Leader may also suit up as replacements this weekend.

The full match-day 23 owns 402 total caps.

“Obviously we are hugely disappointed with the result last weekend, especially knowing how important it is for us to execute in a Rugby World Cup year. But, by no means does one loss, or even two losses take away from our ability to come back and have another good string of performances in this last ARC game and as the year continues,” said Head Coach Gary Gold. “We know what we need to do; and as a group, we are committed to one another, committed to our performance and together we’ll overcome this period of adversity.

“We have massive respect for Canada not only in the way they performed against Argentina XV last week but in how they themselves have evolved as a team. They’re a well-coached group with some very talented players whom we know will apply a lot of pressure on our guys this weekend, especially now that they’ve also qualified for Rugby World Cup. We’ll certainly be focused on putting our best foot forward on Friday as we know the Canadians will not make it easy for us.”

Despite a 23-39 loss to 2019 ARC Champions Argentina XV, Canada will be playing with some confidence after a strong showing against the Argentinians last weekend. The Canadians are currently fifth in the tournament standings with six cumulative points.

The Men’s Eagles currently sit in third place in the Americas Rugby Championship 2019 after a harboring two devastating losses to Uruguay (25-32) last Saturday and Argentina XV in Week Two (45-14). As a team, the USA men have endured many ups and downs through the tournament, identifying areas in performance that will be crucial to master ahead of Rugby World Cup Japan this September. And after two haunting losses, the firm bond amongst the group will be an invaluable benefactor in overcoming the adversity of the year.

U.S. fans can relish in one more home match with the CanAm Trophy up for grabs in the biggest rivalry of North America. The Men’s Eagles are 20-2-38 all-time against the Canadians.

Tickets to see the United States face Canada this Friday in Seattle are available at usarugby.org/tickets. The match is broadcast LIVE on FloRugby.

MEN'S EAGLES STARTING ROSTER
Player Position Club Caps
1. David Ainuu Prop Toulouse (FRA) 3
2. Joe Taufete'e Hooker Worcester Warriors (ENG) 21
3. Paul Mullen Prop Houston SaberCats 9
4. Ben Landry Lock Ealing Trailfinders (ENG) 17
5. Nick Civetta Lock Doncaster Knights (ENG) 21
6. John Quill Flanker Rugby United New York 32
7. Hanco Germishuys Flanker Glendale Raptors 14
8. Cam Dolan No. 8 NOLA Gold 43
9. Shaun Davies Scrumhalf Glendale Raptors 21
10. Will Magie Flyhalf Glendale Raptors 22
11. Mike Te'o Wing San Diego Legion 22
12. Paul Lasike Center Harlequins (ENG) 12
13. Bryce Campbell Center London Irish (ENG) 24
14. Blaine Scully (C) Wing Cardiff Blues (WAL) 45
15. Marcel Brache Fullback Western Force (AUS) 15
16. Kapeli Pifeleti San Diego Legion 1
17. Olive Kilifi Seattle Seawolves 26
18. Dino Waldren London Irish (ENG) 18
19. Greg Peterson Bordeaux Bégles 21
20. Malon Al-Jiboori San Diego Legion 1
21. Ruben de Haas Free State Cheetahs (RSA) 10
22. Tadhg Leader New England Free Jacks 1
23. Gannon Moore Utah Warriors 3

USA MEN'S EAGLES STAFF
Head Coach | Gary Gold
Assistant Coach, Backs & Attack | Greg McWilliams
Assistant Coach, Forwards | Shawn Pittman
Defense Coach | Jaque Fourie
Strength & Conditioning Coach | Huw Bevan
Performance Analyst | Jimmy Harrison
Team Doctor | Mark Sakr (Chile, Argentina Uruguay, Canada)
Head Athletic Trainer | Kevin Ng
Assistant Athletic Trainer | Kristen Douhan
Team Manager | Chris Hanson

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