Canada v NZ - RWC 2019

October 02 2019

Sonny Bill Williams scores against Canada RWC 2019

NZ Precise in Opening Minutes of First & Second Half and Score Nine Tries in 63-0 Win Over Canada

NZ were precise right from the kickoff and they played like a team going through a training run unopposed. Reclaim the kickoff 40 metres out, 4 passes & 1 phase, 4 passes & 1 phase, 2 passes & 1 phase, 4 passes & 1 phase, pick and go now 15 metres out. 5 passes & 1 phase now 5 metres out, pick and go and held up over the line, NZ scrum and only 2 minutes had gone. Was there even a Canadian team out there? The Canadian tacklers politely and patiently waiting for runners to come to them, not contesting the rucks but spanning across the field, no need to worry though, Canada have a crack team of off-shore coaches brought in by Kingsley Jones to devise this strategy. NZ take the scrum and eventually push the Canadian scrum back over the line like a scrum machine on wheels. A penalty try is awarded to NZ and it's 7-0 with less than 5 minutes gone.

Over the next couple of minutes the teams trade knock-ons, the pattern is NZ breaks the line, makes 20 to 30 metres and knocks it on, Canada runs it back and knocks it on. Eventually NZ win a breakdown and get the penalty 40 metres out. Instead of kicking for a lineout and maul they decide to quick tap, nothing says disresepect for the opponent like quick tapping a ball 40 metres out with only 7 minutes gone in the game. The ref stops them as Eric Howard is getting medical attention. The Canadian defensive pressure and intensity to this point has been close to non-existent. NZ take the lineout option second time around and kick it to the Canada 22. Canada of course don't contest, they stop the maul but NZ go through the motions, 4 phases, chewing up the yards against a passive Canadian defence, then a cross kick by Mo'unga to a wide open Jordie Barrett, 14-0 with 10 minutes gone.

Canada finally get possession inside the NZ half when NZ overthrow their lineout. The NZ defence however does put pressure on Canada and Hearn throws the ball away, DTH recovers, McRorie box kicks, Canada recovers but Nelson tries a kick to the corner that's caught inside the 22 and NZ clears. Canada will have to do better with the few attacking chances they're likely to get in this match.

The Canada lineout goes horribly wrong, Howard throws the ball, no one jumps and NZ are on attack. Hassler and DTH force Jordie Barrett out at the 5 metre line before he can offload. Canada win the lineout, clear their line and it's still 14-0 with 14 minutes gone.

NZ are again on attack and chewing up the yards with line breaks off missed tackles, the final stat shows NZ ran 920 metres (to 360 for Canada), had 35 line breaks (6 for Canada), and beat 46 defenders (13 for Canada). Canada's missed tackle count on the day was 46 and a 78% success rate.

Canada clear their line but NZ are pressing again, finally Sonny Bill Williams cuts inside Hassler who is drifting across and beats the Howard tackle and touches the ball over the line near the posts, 21-0 with 18 minutes gone. Stats show 71% of the game was played inside the Canada half, Canada so far have had one half chance near the NZ 22 but kicked it away.

NZ are making their share of errors and outside their clinical opening drive are beginning to lose focus. Sonny Bill Williams knocks on a pass and it falls into McRorie's hands, to Rumball and Peter Nelson has Canada's first line break with one man to beat, Heaton in support. Beauden Barrett tackles him 2 metres out. The Canadian forwards look a little lost in their attempts to pick and go the last 2 metres, one off runners with no support threaten the attack but they get the penalty advantage. Canada take the lineout, Heaton gets some attention from medical staff. Canada's maul goes nowhere and NZ get the scrum - 25 minutes gone.

Canada's scrum gets destroyed and NZ clear the ball on the penalty. NZ make some yards through Ioane on the outside but then he gets penalized for playing the ball on the ground after fumbling the offload. With the depth at wing NZ have, Ioane so far hasn't shown much to earn a spot on the 1st string team. Canada kick to the NZ 22 for a lineout. NZ steal the lineout but Canada steal the ball back at the breakdown and there's a real chance here for Canada. However Rumball looks for a body to run into instead of going wide, then Hearn tries a grubber that's covered and NZ clear their line. That's two good opportunities for scores Canada have not taken advantage of.

At 30 minutes the game is getting sloppy with knock-ons from both teams, Parfrey is down getting attention. Scott Barrett crosses the line but drops the ball trying to touch it down, scrum to Canada at their 5 metres. NZ push too early and Canada get to clear their line - 33 minutes gone.

NZ are having no problem gaining yards on attack but make another unforced error, the camera pans to coach Steve Hansen and he doesn't look happy tapping his pencil. It's Canada's put in to the scrum but it gets destroyed again and NZ get the penalty and go for the lineout option with a kick to touch. Sonny Bill Williams gets the ball in the centres and puts through a well weighted grubber that bounces up to Beauden Barrett who touches it down under the posts, 28-0, and that's the halftime score.

NZ make two changes at the half bringing in Brad Weber at scrum half and Ryan Crotty at outside centre. Canada bring in Andrew Quattrin to replace Eric Howard at hooker.

NZ score within 44 seconds off a Sonny Bill Williams line break, he cuts back in between Olmstead and Hassler and passes to a wide open Ioane on the outside, 35-0.

Three minutes later Mo'unga makes a line break, offloads to Reid, offloads to Scott Barrett and all three Barrett brothers have now scored tries - 42-0 with 35 minutes left to play. Josh Larsen (45') is brought in from the reserves.

At 46 minutes Ioane makes a half break and offloads to #6 Shannon Frizell who scores - 49-0. Jake Ilnicki (48') is brought in from reserves.

At 49 minutes NZ counter attack from a McRorie box kick, Beauden Barrett makes the line break with Brad Weber finishing it off. Barrett saw the gap between Josh Larsen and Matt Heaton and just pinned his ears back, Heaton got an arm on him but couldn't stop him - 56-0 with 30 minutes to go. Andrew Coe (51') is brought on for Parfrey at fullback. Ben Smith is on for NZ and Sonny Bill Williams is off.

Canada have a scrum and it's become more stable with Ilnicki at tighthead and Quattrin at hooker. Canada get a penalty on a high tackle call, they go for the lineout option with a kick to the NZ 22. NZ contest and win the ball, a difference in attitude between the teams in contesting lineouts inside the 22.

NZ get their final try at 56 minutes off a scrum at centre. Mo'unga breaks between McRorie and Rumball, Rumball dives for the tackle but Mo'unga offloads to scrum half Brad Weber who scampers in for the try - 63-0 which was the final result.

Buydens, Sheppard and Paris are brought in at 60 minutes and Phil Mack at 65 minutes. NZ make changes at 70 minutes with Ardie Savea, Codie Taylor and Sam Whitelock coming on.

NZ get a penalty inside the Canada half at 62 minutes but don't even bother to go lineout and maul now, it's just tap and go as the game result has been decided and it's become a training run now. Jordie Barrett knocks it on a few metres from the line, Taylor Paris chips and chases - his first touch of the ball - but brother Beauden counter attacks, eventually Ioane knocking the ball on.

The game continues to be played inside the Canada half but NZ can't find the final pass to score. Taylor Paris takes a shoulder to the head trying to stop one of the attacks and he's gone for the game, perhaps the tournament depending on how the HIA goes. DTH returns to the wing position.

Canada have a last chance to score with a penalty inside NZ half, they win the lineout but, as has been the case all game, turn possession over with a kick. The game ends on a comical note as Beauden Barrett has a clean break and drops the ball metres from the line as he tries to switch hands. Andrew Coe can take credit for that as he was closing the space on Barrett and Barrett was trying to free his right hand up for a fend.

Overall a predictable result, there was nothing from Canada on attack that inspired confidence, the defensive pressure wasn't great. The game plan of kicking away precious possession wasn't brilliant. South Africa is next and will likely be more of the same before the final match against Namibia that should be a competitive match with Canada in with a shot of a win.

Top ball carrier for Canada was #10 Peter Nelson with 65 metres, he had 3 line breaks and kicked 6 times from hand with only 11 passes. Mo'unga in comparison also made 6 kicks from hand but made 39 passes. Hassler had 54 metres, DTH 38 and Coe 35 metres in 29 minutes of playing time. On defence Rumball put in the most tackles at 19 with only 1 miss for 95% success rate. Heaton had 15 tackles but missed 4 for a 79% success rate.

One team stat that's telling, NZ made 18 kicks from hand (not including kicks to touch) and regathered 17 of them - 94%. Canada made 23 kicks from hand and regathered 3 - 13%. Lesson to be learned, if you're going to kick be precise with a high percentage probability of winning back possession.

Jones Names Canada Roster for NZ Match

One of the advantages of playing the world's top sides at the World Cup from a player's perspective, is that it could lead to a pro contract if you show well in those games. Many a Canadian player has launched their pro career from international matches and what better opponent than NZ. Every player stat is registered from tackles made and missed to clean breaks, handling errors and metres made. There's nowhere to hide but if you excel it's also there in the numbers.

When looking through the roster there are a few players who could benefit from putting in an exceptional performance against NZ. Top of that list would be Evan Olmstead, marked as unattached, he's played for Newcastle in the English Premier and Auckland in Mitre 10. Peter Nelson is another player who has played at the top level with Ulster and will be looking to impress scouts from Tier 1 professional clubs.

As for the match outcome itself, there's little doubt NZ will prevail although there have been a couple of upsets at the World Cup already. Japan defeating Ireland and Uruguay defeating Fiji. More realistically, for Canadian rugby fans, it will be watching individual player performances and seeing if Canada can jump start their attack and execute the basics while under pressure - in preparation for the Namibia match. The bookies have NZ as 60 point favourites, if Canada can keep it within 20 it would be a top performance, within 40 would still be considered a well fought contest, over 40 and it gets into the predictable.

It's the first showing for Taylor Paris this tournament as he takes a position on the bench. Andrew Coe who was outstanding in his 18 minutes against Italy also gets a position on the reserves bench. Andrew Quattrin gets his first taste of World Cup action as reserve hooker. Connor Trainor comes into the starting centres with both Blevins and LeSage out of the tournament. Phil Mack backs up McRorie at scrum half but still no sign of Shane O'Leary in the match 23.

For NZ they have a number of their top performers, Kieran Reid at #8 is captaining the side. All three of the Barrett brothers are in the roster, Sonny Bill Williams in the centres, Perenara and Mo’unga as the halfbacks, Rieko Ioane on the wing. The depth of the reserves bench is impressive with Cody Taylor as reserve hooker, Ardie Savea reserve flanker and Ryan Crotty and Ben Smith making an impact in the backline.

The game is live at 3:15am PT early Wednesday morning.

Canada's Roster:

1. Djustice Sears-Duru (Oakville, ON) Seattle Seawolves
2. Eric Howard (Ottawa, ON) New Orleans Gold
3. Cole Keith (Sussex, NB) Toronto Arrows
4. Evan Olmstead (Vancouver, BC) Unattached
5. Conor Keys (Stittsville, ON) Unattached
6. Matt Heaton (Godmanchester, QC) Rugby ATL
7. Lucas Rumball (Scarborough, ON) Toronto Arrows
8. Tyler Ardron (Lakefield, ON) Chiefs 'C'
9. Gordon McRorie (Calgary, AB) Calgary Hornets
10. Peter Nelson (Dungannon, UK) Unattached
11. DTH van der Merwe (Regina, SK) Glasgow Warriors
12. Ciaran Hearn (Conception Bay South, NL) Unattached
13. Conor Trainor (Vancouver, BC) USON Nevers
14. Jeff Hassler (Okotoks, AB) Seattle Seawolves
15. Patrick Parfrey (St. John's, NL) Toronto Arrows
16. Andrew Quattrin (Holland Landing, ON) Toronto Arrows
17. Hubert Buydens (Saskatoon, SK) Unattached
18. Jake Ilnicki (Williams Lake, BC) Seattle Seawolves
19. Mike Sheppard (Brampton, ON) Toronto Arrows
20. Josh Larsen (Parksville, BC) New England Free Jacks
21. Phil Mack (Victoria, BC) Seattle Seawolves
22. Taylor Paris (Barrie, ON) Castres Olympiques
23. Andrew Coe (Markham, ON) Markham Irish

NZ Roster

1: Atu Moli (2)
2: Liam Coltman (6)
3: Angus Ta’avao (9)
4: Patrick Tuipulotu (26)
5: Scott Barrett (32)
6: Shannon Frizell (6)
7: Matt Todd (21)
8: Kieran Read - captain (123)
9: TJ Perenara (60)
10: Richie Mo’unga (13)
11: Rieko Ioane (26)
12: Sonny Bill Williams (54)
13: Jack Goodhue (9)
14: Jordie Barrett (12)
15: Beauden Barrett (79)
16: Codie Taylor (46)
17: Ofa Tuungafasi (31)
18: Nepo Laulala (21)
19: Samuel Whitelock (113)
20: Ardie Savea (40)
21: Brad Weber (2)
22: Ryan Crotty (46)
23: Ben Smith (81)

from Rugby Canada

OITA, JAPAN (September 30, 2019) - Head coach Kingsley Jones has named his 23-man squad that will take on defending RWC champion All Blacks, this Tuesday, October 1st.

Canada brought in two injury replacements as a result from last Thursday's match against Italy and will see the addition of veteran players Evan Olmstead, Conor Trainor, Taylor Paris, and Phil Mack back in the game day 23.

“We welcome back Evan Olmstead back in the second row, he brings a lot of experience for us," said Jones. "In the centres, some changes there due to injuries of course but Conor Trainor—very experienced, very good player-- gets his opportunity at outside centre. He scored two tries against New Zealand back in 2011 so he’s really excited to go."

Canada are coming off a loss against Italy in their first game of the tournament but are excited at the opportunity ahead to test themselves against the three-time RWC champions.

“We have a tremendous amount of respect for New Zealand," said Jones. "We can’t wait to fire against them and see how we come out in comparison to some of the best players in the world. We have to be tight with our game.

We don’t want to be too loose but we also want to go in and have a crack. We’ve got some tries in us so we’re not afraid to have a go but of course we’ve got to play in the right areas," added Jones.

We believe we’ve got a game that can cause New Zealand some concern.”

Canada’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Schedule:

Canada 7-48 Italy

03:15 PT/ 06:15 ET/ 19:15 LOCAL TIME
Broadcast: TSN1 and TSN4
Oita Stadium, Oita Prefecture

03:15 PT/ 06:15 ET /19:15 LOCAL TIME
Broadcast: TSN1, TSN3, and TSN4
Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City

20:15 PT/ 23:15 ET/ 12:15 LOCAL TIME
Broadcast: TSN
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi

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