Canada Defeated by South Africa 66-7: Springboks Score Three Tries in Opening Ten Minutes
It only took 2 minutes for South Africa to get on the board when the outside centre Allende crossed the line. The try was set up by two skilful kicks, one a box kick that was regathered, the second a low trajectory clearing kick that took one bounce and went into touch. As in the NZ match one key stat was the percentage of kicks from hand that were regathered, for South Africa that was 21 of 24 kicks or 88%, for Canada it was 4 out of 13 or 31%. Canada won the lineout but immediately hoofed it down the field to the back three of South Africa, the worst possible strategy. A few phases later, second row Snyman found a huge gap in the Canadian defence and took it a metre from the Canadian line, it looked like Kyle Baillie was the culprit on defence, pinching in on a man already covered. A couple of phases later and it was the first try.
Baillie lasted 12 minutes in the match and the stats show he made 1 tackle and missed 4 for a 20% tackle success rate. Clearly not fully recovered from the injury and ready to play at this level. Another coaching decision gone wrong.
That brief passage of play set the theme for the match which was backed up by the postgame stats. South Africa strategy was to play in Canada's half, 66% of the game was played inside Canada's half. The back three of South Africa would welcome any errant Canadian kicking, they had the highest metres gained stats, #11 Nkosi 108 metres, #15 Willemse 83 metres, #14 Gelant 80 metres. Top ball carrier for Canada was Andrew Coe at 52 metres. The Canadian defence would be porous, 72% tackle success, 47 missed tackles, and allowing 25 clean breaks.
The second South Africa try at 5 minutes by winger Nkosi had a similar buildup, 2 skilled kicks set the foundation, the first a box kick from inside the 22 that went into touch and prevented Canada regathering (South Africa stole the subsequent lineout), the second a low trajectory kick that bounced inside Canada's 22 and put Canada under pressure. Canada again kicked it aimlessly back to South Africa's back three and a few phases later South Africa were over again, 12-0 with only 6 minutes gone. The Canadian defence was getting shredded, it doesn't bode well when comparing how Namibia contained the All Blacks for 35 minutes in their last match. It took South Africa 9 minutes to break down the Namibian defence and score their first try, South Africa would score 3 tries in that same time period against Canada.
The third South Africa try was truly woeful Canadian defence, Reinach, the 3rd option scrum half picked the ball up from a ruck outside his 22, spied a gap between Olmstead and Baillie, with Ilnicki and Trainor within tackling distance and scampered down the field. Only Trainor gave chase but couldn't close the gap, Reinach chipped over Hassler and went in close to the posts, 19-0. The possession stat was a ridiculous 93% to 7% in favour of South Africa at this time. Baillie took a knee and Josh Larsen came on at second row. Canada got their first scrum but it was destroyed and South Africa again took possession.
The 4th South Africa try was at 17 minutes, Snyman again with the line break just beating Andrew Quattrin one on one as he powered through Quattrin's tackle attempt. Reinach again made the Canada defence look silly with a pick and dummy from the ruck. 26-0.
Now that the game had been decided only a quarter into the match, South Africa started to have some fun. A cheeky chip kick to the wing from inside their 22 caught DTH napping on defence and a couple of passes later, Reinach was over for his third. 33-0 at 22 minutes.
At 27 minutes the winger Gelant goes over for a 40-0 scoreline.
Canada get their first sustained attack at 32 minutes, started by a line break from Phil Mack. It finishes off with a chip kick by Peter Nelson to DTH which is knocked back in goal by South Africa, Canada's scrum 5 metres out. Ardron digs the ball out of a backward wheeling scrum and Canada go through a few phases of pick and go before giving up and sending the ball to Peter Nelson, who predictably tries another chip to the outside. It's blocked by South Africa but knocked on and Canada have another scrum. However the TMO picks up Josh Larsen clearing out the previous ruck with a shoulder charge and he's given red, Canada will be down to 14 players for the second half.
Canada shoot themselves in the foot one final time when Mack throws an intercept pass 5 metres from their line which is walked in, 47-0 at the half.
Canada's only try comes at 45 minutes and it's straight out of the Seattle Seawolves playbook, from the lineout it goes to Mack who finds a flying Jeff Hassler coming in from his wing position. He's stopped just short of the line and the next phase sees Matt Heaton taking a hard line, Mack gives him the ball and he's over, 47-7 at 48 minutes.
Piffero came on at 55 minutes, Sheppard at 55 minutes (left injured at 74 minutes), Sears-Duru at 40 minutes, Matt Tierney at 40 minutes, Mackenzie at 55 minutes, Shane O'Leary at 62 minutes, and du Toit at 74 minutes, everyone on the bench gets on. South Africa score at 54, 65 and 72 minutes. The match was basically over 10 minutes in after 3 unanswered South African tries.
The question now is the Namibia match, Canada at the start of the tournament were 6 point favourites when checked on the BC Lottery, playnow.com site. Now that match isn't even offered as an option, it's been removed from the list as if the bookies have to reevaluate the respective teams. It would't be surprising to learn that Canada are now underdogs in that match after watching the first three matches from both teams.
The Namibia match is one of the few that will be on in prime TV time on the west coast, 8:15pm this Saturday. Hopefully over the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, we'll be giving thanks for one Canadian win at the World Cup.
Canada Team Named to Face South Africa: Match 3:15am PT Tuesday
There's a few changes for Canada with Phil Mack getting his first start and Shane O'Leary his first appearance in the match day 23. Andrew Coe also starts ahead of Pat Parfrey at fullback. Guiseppe du Toit who came in as a replacement gets bench time but Theo Sauder and Kainoa Lloyd also flown in as replacements don't see action in this match. It will be interesting to see if they make the bench for the Namibia match. Kyle Baillie also makes his first appearance at the World Cup, carrying an injury from a RWC warmup match.
There's little expectation that Canada will win the match but with the Namibia match coming up next and last for Canada it's a chance to see how players perform and compare performances with Namibia against the similar opposition. Namibia lost to Italy 47-22, Canada lost to Italy 48-7, Namibia lost to NZ 71-9, Canada lost to NZ 63-0. Namibia lost to SA 57-3. In the match against NZ, Namibia showed a lot of intensity and resolve in the opening half, it was a one point match, 10-9 NZ until 5 minutes left in the half. In comparison Canada came out very soft against NZ but played a better last 20 minutes.
The South Africa side has 13 changes from their last match vs Italy but it has some similarity to the team that played against Namibia with some experimentation. #8 Schalk Brits vs Namibia will be used at hooker against Canada. Vincent Koch the tighthead is the same as the Namibia match as is second row Snyman. The loose forward duo of Louw and Smith are the same as the Namibia match but captain Siya Kolisi will continue from the Italy match. The flyalf Jantjies repeats from the Namibia match but scrum half Cobus Reinach gets his first start as the 3rd option at #9. Frans Steyn returns from the Namibia match at #12 as does winger Sbusiso Nkosi and Warrick Gelant moved from fullback to winger. from BBC
Full-back Willemse, who arrived on Thursday to replace Jesse Kriel, is one of 13 changes made by coach Rassie Erasmus for the World Cup Pool B match.
South Africa have a four-day turnaround after beating Italy 49-3 on Friday.
Only Springboks captain Siya Kolisi and centre Damian de Allende have retained their places.
Erasmus says Willemse, who had a recent stint with Saracens, "would have probably made the World Cup squad if he wasn't injured".
Willemse, 21, added: "I'm really excited to play. I've been out for three months. I've got that hunger and it's been good to get some game time for Sarries."
Meanwhile, Canada full-back Andrew Coe, their only player to have scored a try in Japan, will make his first World Cup start.
1. Hubert Buydens (Saskatoon, SK) Unattached
2. Andrew Quattrin (Holland Landing, ON) Toronto Arrows
3. Jake Ilnicki (Williams Lake, BC) Seattle Seawolves
4. Evan Olmstead (Vancouver, BC) Unattached
5. Kyle Baillie (Summerside, PEI) New Orleans Gold
6. Lucas Rumball (Scarborough, ON) Toronto Arrows
7. Matt Heaton (Godmanchester, QC) Rugby ATL
8. Tyler Ardron (Lakefield, ON) Chiefs 'C'
9. Phil Mack (Victoria, BC) Seattle Seawolves
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. Andrew Coe (Markham, ON) Markham Irish
16. Benoit Piffero (Issoire, France) Blagnac SCR
17. Djustice Sears-Duru (Oakville, ON) Seattle Seawolves
18. Matthew Tierney (Oakville, ON) Castres Olympiques
19. Josh Larsen (Parksville, BC) New England Free Jacks
20. Mike Sheppard (Brampton, ON) Toronto Arrows
21. Jamie Mackenzie (Oakville, ON) Toronto Arrows
22. Shane O'Leary (Cambellton, NB) Nottingham Rugby
23. Guiseppe du Toit (Maple Ridge, BC) Toronto Arrows
South Africa Roster:
15-Damian Willemse, 14-Warrick Gelant, 13-Damian de
Allende, 12-Francois Steyn, 11-Sbusiso Nkosi, 10-Elton Jantjies,
9-Cobus Reinach, 8-Francois Louw, 7-Kwagga Smith, 6-Siya Kolisi,
5-Franco Mostert, 4-RG Snyman, 3-Vincent Koch, 2-Schalk Brits,
1-Thomas Du Toit
Replacements: 16-Malcolm Marx, 17-Steven Kitshoff, 18-Frans
Malherbe, 19-Eben Etzebeth, 20-Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21-Herschel
Jantjies, 22-Handre Pollard, 23-Willie le Roux. from Rugby Canada
KOBE, JAPAN (October 6th, 2019) – Head coach Kingsley Jones has named his game day 23 that will take the pitch against two-time champions South Africa in Canada’s third game of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) on Tuesday, October 8th.
Coming off of a heartfelt loss to New Zealand, Jones and his team are looking to build off their experiences, using the opportunity to play against the worlds best to further develop their play.
“The last 20 minutes of the (New Zealand) game, we were competitive,” said Jones. “We fought hard. We never stopped, so there's lots of positives to build on and that's what we're going to look at."
Making his first RWC appearance is PEI’s Kyle Baillie. Baillie is returning from a lower body injury suffered against the USA. Phil Mack will step in for McRorie at scrumhalf with Shane O’Leary and injury replacement Guiseppe du Toit, possibly earning their first RWC caps off the bench.
“Great to welcome Phil back and all his experience,” added Jones. “Kyle comes back in, he gives us a lot and strengthens our lineout. Andrew Quattrin, he’s a young player and he has a big future. Every opportunity he’s given, he’s taken so he deserves the start. Couple of niggling injuries but we need that experience, we need that depth ahead of South Africa and Namibia.”
DTH van der Merwe is set to break the record for most RWC appearances by a Canadian at 15 on Tuesday in a special match for the South African-born winger.
Fans can watch Canada face the Springboks live on TSN1 and TSN 4, kickoff at 6:15am ET/ 3:15am PT.
Canada’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Schedule:
Canada 7-48 Italy
Canada 0-63 New Zealand
TUESDAY 08 OCTOBER
03:15 PT/ 06:15 ET /19:15 LOCAL TIME
CANADA v SOUTH AFRICA
Broadcast: TSN1 and TSN4
Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City
SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER
20:15 PT/ 23:15 ET/ 12:15 LOCAL TIME
CANADA v NAMIBIA
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, Iwate Prefecture, Kamaishi