June 14,2014(ISN) – TORONTO, ON – TORONTO, ON – Canada’s Men’s Team lost their International Test Match
19-17 to Scotland Saturday afternoon at BMO Field in downtown Toronto. It was a very
entertaining match for the 18,788 fans in attendance, as there were five lead
changes, including four in a back-and-forth second-half.
Harry Jones,Photo credit Colin Watson
Coming off a 34-25 loss to Japan last week, Kieran Crowley’s side played a much
stronger all-around match and could very well have come away with the victory.
“I’m gutted actually for the guys, they really put it all-in” said Crowley. “I
thought the Scottish experience in the first half manipulated a few decisions there
way, but we hung in their tough.”
Scotland opened the scoring just two minutes in off a penalty kick from scrum-half
Greig Laidlaw. The Scots, who controlled much of the possession in the opening 15
minutes, were unable to break through the Canadian defence to extend their lead.
That was crucial for the Canadians, as a strong run from Taylor Paris then brought
Canada inside the Scottish 22-metre line, where James Pritchard’s penalty kick from
20 metres out evened the score at 3-3.
Taylor Paris, Photo credit TaylorParis
Moments after the restart, Canadian centre Ciaran Hearn took the ball at half,
breaking through the Scottish line delivering a great backwards pop to a streaking
Jeff Hassler whose momentum carried him over the Scottish tryline for the first try
of the match.
“It’s always good to get one on the board early on front of the home fans and it was
a bit of a spark for us,” said Hassler.
Pritchard’s conversion attempt was unsuccessful and Canada held an 8-3 lead.
Scotland would respond quickly, as Grant Gilchrist powered over the Canadian line
for a converted try to give the visitors a 10-8 lead. Another penalty kick from
Laidlaw made it 13-8 at the half.
A week after being outplayed by Japan in the second half, Canada was much better in
the final 40 minutes against Scotland. Just two minutes in, Pritchard slotted home
his second penalty of the match, bringing Canada within two points. 10 minutes
later, Canada was awarded a penalty just outside the Scottish 22, where Pritchard
converted his third penalty of the match giving his team a one-point lead.
Pritchard then looked to have his fourth penalty of the match, but his kick squared
off the post and Scotland regained possession, going the length of the pitch and
connecting with a penalty kick of their own, to regain the lead at 16-14.
With both teams now electing to go for points, Pritchard connected on his next
attempt, reclaiming the Canadians one-point lead with 10 minutes left in the match.
However, Scotland would respond just 60 seconds later with another penalty kick from
Laidlaw to take back their two-point lead.
At the 72′ minute there was an incident that changed the flow of the game as
Canada’s Jebb Sinclair was issued a red card while running with the ball for an
illegal hit to the head of Scotland’s Ruaridh Jackson, who lay motionless on the
pitch. Referee Mike Fraser had allowed play to continue, where Canada was awarded a
penalty kick from just outside the Scottish 22-metre line. However, during the
stoppage, the referee reviewed Sinclair’s hit reversed the penalty and sent Sinclair
“Don’t know what you mean to do with your elbow in that situation when a guy gets
his head on the wrong side,” said Crowley. “He refereed how he saw it. I thought it
was the wrong decision.”
With Canada down to 14 men, they were unable to generate anymore points and the
visitors captured their first ever win on Canadian soil.
“I’m sure that call is what’s going to be talked about this week,” said Canadian
Captain Tyler Ardron. “I don’t think it should have come down to that, we should
have closed it out before that, it shouldn’t have made a difference. We’re going to
be really disappointed.”
“It came down to the last few minutes and it didn’t go our way,” said Crowley, who
was proud of his team’s second half effort one week after a poor second half against
Japan cost them a victory.
Canada’s next game is Saturday in Sacramento, California against USA in 2014 Pacific
Nations Cup action.
Today’s match against Scotland will be shown in its entirety Saturday evening on TSN
at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT.
CANADA’S ROSTER FOR SCOTLAND TEST MATCH:
1. Hubert Buydens – (Manawatu Turbos/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
2. Aaron Carpenter – (Cornish Pirates RFC) Brantford, ON
3. Jason Marshall – (Atlantique Stade Rochelais) Vancouver, BC
4. Tyler Hotson – (London Scottish RFC) Vancouver, BC
5. Jamie Cudmore – (ASM Clermont Auvergne) Squamish, BC
6. Jebb Sinclair – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Fredericton, NB
7. John Moonlight – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
8. Tyler Ardron – Captain (Ospreys/Ontario Blues) Lakefield, ON
9. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
10. Harry Jones – (Capilanos RFC/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
11. Taylor Paris – (SU Agen Lot-et-Garonne) Barrie, ON
12. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
14. Jeff Hassler – (Ospreys/Prairie Wolf Pack) Okotoks, AB
15. James Pritchard – (Bedford Blues) Parkes, NSW, Australia
16. Ray Barkwill – (Niagara Wasps RFC/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
17. Andrew Tiedemann – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
18. Jake Ilnicki – (Castaway Wanderers/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
19. Kyle Gilmour – (Saint Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saint Albert, AB?
20. Jon Phelan – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
21. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
22. Connor Braid – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
23. DTH van der Merwe – (Glasgow Warriors) Regina, SK
CANADA’S MEN’S SCHEDULE:
CANADA SELECTS 26 – 27 BC BEARS INVITATIONAL
Saturday, May 31
Klahanie Park, West Vancouver, BC
CANADA 25 – 34 JAPAN
Saturday, June 7
Pacific Nations Cup
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, BC
CANADA 17-19 SCOTLAND
Saturday, June 14
BMO Field, Toronto, ON
Kickoff 2pm ET / 11:00 am PT
Delayed on TSN at 8pm ET/5pm PT
CANADA VS USA
Saturday, June 21
Pacific Nations Cup
Bonney Field, Sacramento, CA
Kickoff 6 pm, ET/ 3 pm PT