Canada opens ARC with victory

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Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)

October 12, 2013, LANGFORD BC (ISN) – Canada successfully defended their home turf on Friday night, taking down a resilient Uruguay squad by a final score of 17-10 at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C.

Canada used a late game try from Mike Scholz and the foot of Adam McQueen to give Canada the victory on the first day of competition at the 2013 Americas Rugby Championship.
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Team Canada’s Joe Dolesau runs down a Uruguayan kicked ball only to over run it.– Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

“It was a great effort,” said centre Mike Scholz. “We made a lot of mistakes and we left a lot to be worked on but the guys really pulled it together at the end there and we really came through when we needed to so a wins a win and we’ll move on.”

The game began with both teams pressing for momentum. Both sides made big pushes in order to gain momentum but no scoring resulted from those attempts.DR6F7971

Jack Fitzpatrick would give his team Canada’s first try in the tournament against Uruguay– Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Canada got on the board first as McQueen knocked down an early penalty goal to put Canada up 3-0 less than twenty minutes into the game.

Ten minutes later, Jack Fitzpatrick made an immediate impact as he pushed his way across the line to give Canada the 10-0 lead following the conversion from McQueen.DR6F7989

Things would heat up in Canada’s first test against Team Uruguay as both teams would play an evenly matched game– Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Joaquin Prada would pull Uruguay within seven points though as he knocked down a penalty goal to trim the lead heading into the half.

One of the big losses in the first half for Canada came in the form of an injury sustained by team captain Andrew Tiedemann. Tiedemann was forced to exit the game for good with a cut on his head while Doug Wooldridge replaced the injured captain in the line up.

After the break, Uruguay came out flying, scoring an early second half try from Pablo Bueno to pull the South American side even with Canada.

From there, Uruguay fought to retain momentum lost from the first half. Uruguay battled hard throughout the rest of the second half but were held back each time by Canada.DR6F8022

Team Canada’s Adam McQeen put the ball through the uprights for his team against a tough Uruguayan team – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

“We played really well,” said team captain Francisco Jimenez. “For us it was a great game and new things like the turf, the field, the new sets on the scrum, we’re used to playing the old way but we put forth a great effort and we’re trying to stand up to the teams like [the] United States and Canada.”

The winning score came in the fading moments of the game as Mike Scholz powered his way across the line to put Canada ahead for good.

“We finally managed to put together a few phases and hold onto the ball,” said Scholz. “We were short numbers so I had to get in there and do a bit of the hard work with the forwards.”DR6F8069

Canada’s Joe Dolesau looks for a path through the Uruguayan defense in Canada’s first game of the America’s Rugby Championships at Westhills Stadium – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

While Uruguay gave Canada all they could handle, the Canadians were able to stay strong on defence even without their captain and pull out a last-minute victory.

Up next for Canada is an intercontinental clash against the United States on Tuesday while Uruguay faces off against their border rival Argentina.

Canada Head Coach Kieran Crowley:

“We have a lot to work on. Uruguay certainly competed very well, we weren’t accurate enough in our skill level but In the last five minutes we woke up and scored a try at the end. We came out with a win.

We need to work on ball security to start, the placement of it, the clean up. We certainly need to work on our skill level. We just turned over too many balls, we have to do better.”DR6F8164

Uruguay’s scrum half Alejo Duran gets the ball out of the scrum before Canada can steal the ball – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Canada 17

Tries: Fitzpatrick, Scholz

Conversion: McQueen 2

PG: McQueen

Uruguay 10

Tries: Bueno

Conversion: Prada

PG: Prada

Canada’s Roster to Face Uruguay:

  • 1- Andrew Tiedemann, (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB – Captain
  • 2- Micha Gorvorchin, (Burnaby Lake RC/BC Bears) New Westminster, BC
  • 3- Jake Illnicki, (Williams Lake Rustlers/Auckland Colts) Williams Lake, BC
  • 4- Henry (Hank) McQueen, (Balmy Beach/Ontario Blues) Vancouver, BC
  • 5- Aaron Flagg, (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC
  • 6- Callum Morrison, (UBCOC Ravens/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
  • 7- Adam Kleeberger, (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) White Rock, BC
  • 8- Zac Coughlan, (Swilers RFC/The Rock) St. John’s, NL
  • 9- Jamie Mackenzie, (UVIC Vikes/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
  • 10- Jack Fitzpatrick, (Dublin University Football Club) Dublin, Ireland
  • 11- Joe Dolesau, (Burnaby Lake RC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
  • 12- Mike Scholz, (Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) London, ON
  • 13- Conor Trainor, (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
  • 14- Duncan Maguire, (St. Albert Rugby Club/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
  • 15- Adam McQueen, (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Canmore, AB
  • 16- Ray Barkwill, (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
  • 17- Doug Wooldridge, (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
  • 18- Ryan March, (Abbotsford RFC/BC Bears) Abbotsford, BC
  • 19- Kyle Baille, (Castaway Wanderers/The Rock) Charlottetown, PEI
  • 20- Matt Heaton, (SABRFC/The Rock) Godmanchester, QC
  • 21- Alistair Clark, (Baystreet RFC/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
  • 22- Sean White, (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
  • 23- Jordan Wilson-Ross, (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Alliston, ON

Canada Staff:

Head Coach: Kieran Crowley

Assistant Coach: Chris Silverthorn

Scrum Coach: Mike Shelley

Manager: Mark Winokur

Performance Analyst: Calum Ramsay

Strength and Conditioning Coach: Andy Evans

Physiotherapist: Danielle Mah

Athletic Therapist: Jessica Smith

Media Coordinator: Bryan Kelly

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