Canada won its final Rugby World Cup warm-up game

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Jeff Hassler photo credit Mike Schroeder
 
Tries from Captain Jamie Cudmore, Matt Evans and former Warrior DTH van der Merwe seal 19-12 win at Graves Oakley Memorial Park in Halifax
 
 
HALIFAX, NS – Canada won its final Rugby World Cup warm-up game on Canadian soil after beating the Glasgow Warriors 19-12 in Halifax Saturday afternoon in the Battle for New Scotland.

 
Canada got tries from the returning Jamie Cudmore, who captained the side, as well as Matt Evans and former Warriors player DTH Van Der Merwe. Nathan Hirayama kicked two conversions while Glenn Bryce and Junior Bulumakau scored tries for Glasgow.
 
“I thought the boys played really well,” Canada’s head coach Kieran Crowley said. “Defensively they were outstanding, we got a couple of opportunities which we took, probably left a couple of scores out there too, but I’m very pleased.
 
“They certainly dug in and it was nice to get over the line for a change.”
 
Bryce gave the Warriors an early lead as he crossed over in the corner just four minutes in but Canada responded well, former Warriors centre Connor Braid blasting through the Glasgow line to get Canada on the front foot.
 
In the 16th minute, Canada got its reward when the returning Cudmore, who missed the entire Pacific Nations Cup due to injury, powered over from a few meters out with Hirayama kicking the conversion for a 7-5 lead.
 
Hirayama had a chance to increase the Canadian lead in the 23rd minute but his penalty just missed, however, five minutes later Canada had its second try.
 
Nanyak Dala broke through the Warriors defensive line before offloading to Phil Mack who would then find a supporting Hearn with a pass before Hearn, a native of Conception Bay South in Newfoundland, found Evans who powered over the line with two tacklers holding on. Hirayama again added the extras for a 14-5 Canada lead.
 
Rory Clegg was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes in the 37th minute but Canada couldn’t add to their lead despite the man advantage either side of the break.
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Ciaran Hearn photo credit Mike Schroeder
 
The Warriors looked destined to score their second try of the game in the 46th minute as Bryce had an open lane to the corner but Jeff Hassler made an outstanding cover tackle to push Bryce out of bounds only a meter from the line.
 
The Warriors did get their second try of the day in the 71st minute. Canadian lock Evan Olmstead had been sent to the sin bin three minutes earlier and the Warriors took advantage of the extra man as they spread the ball wide for Junior Bulumakau to touch down. Scott Wight’s conversion cut the Canadian lead to 14-12 with nine minutes to play.
 
However, Canada sealed its first win of the summer in the 77th minute when Van Der Merwe, who spent the past six seasons with the Warriors and helped them to Guinness Pro 12 glory last season, scored in the far corner after patient buildup play by Canada.
 
“We’ve done a lot of hard work and we’ve been playing pretty well but we needed a win to get some momentum and some confidence for what we’re trying to do,” Crowley said.
 
Canada heads to the United Kingdom Sunday where they will prepare for two more Rugby World Cup warm up games against Georgia and Fiji.
 
“We’re managing guys back in,” Crowley said of what his squad might look like for Wednesday’s tilt against Georgia in Esher. “Jamie (Cudmore) only had 40 minutes today, so did Jebb (Sinclair) as part of their return to play protocol but they both came through that really well. There will be a few changes but we’re managing the group so everyone gets some games and then when we get to Ireland, we’ll have our best group available.”
 
Canada’s Roster vs. Glasgow Warriors – (Club), Hometown, Province
 
1. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
2. Benoit Piffero – (Unattached/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
3. Andrew Tiedemann – (Unattached/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
4. Evan Olmstead – (Parramatta Two Blues/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
5. Jamie Cudmore, captain – (Clermont Auvergne) Squamish, BC
6. Kyle Gilmour – (Rotherham Titans/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
7. Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
8. Richard Thorpe – (London Welsh) Beckenham, England
9. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
10. Nathan Hirayama – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
11. DTH van der Merwe – (Scarlets) Victoria, BC
12. Connor Braid – (Unattached/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
13. Ciaran Hearn – (Castaway Wanderers/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay, NL
14. Jeff Hassler – (Ospreys) Okotoks, AB
15. Matt Evans – (Cornish Pirates) Maple Bay, BC
16. Hubert Buydens – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
17. Ray Barkwill – (Unattached/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
18. Doug Wooldridge – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON 
19. Jebb Sinclair – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Fredericton, NB
20. Aaron Carpenter – (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON 
21. Jamie Mackenzie – (UBCOB Ravens/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
22. Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
23. Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC
24. Brett Beukeboom – (Cornish Pirates) Lindsay, ON
25. Phil Mackenzie – (Sale Sharks/Ontario Blues), Oakville, ON
 
Glasgow Warriors Roster vs. Canada:
 
1. Jerry Yanuyanutawa
2. Pat MacArthur
3. Zander Fagerson
4. Tim Swinson
5. Kieran Low
6. Simone Favaro
7. Chris Fusaro
8. Josh Strauss
9. Mike Blair
10. Rory Clegg
11. Rory Hughes
12. Fraser Lyle
13. Glenn Bryce
14. Lee Jones
15. Peter Murchie (Captain)
16. George Hunter
17. Kevin Bryce
18. Mike Cusack
19. D’arcy Rae
20. Scott Cummings
21. James Eddie
22. Will Bordill
23. Jason Hill
24. Grayson Hart
25. Scott Wight
26. Mark Robertson
27. Robbie Fergusson
28. Junior Bulumakau
 
Scoring details:
 
Canada:
Tries: Jamie Cudmore, Matt Evans, DTH Van Der Merwe
Conversions: Nathan Hirayama (2)
 
Glasgow Warriors:
Tries: Glenn Bryce, Junior Bulumakau
Conversions: Scott Wight
 
Road to the Rugby World Cup:
 
August 29 – Canada 19 – 12 Glasgow Warriors (Graves-Oakley Memorial Park, Halifax)
September 2 – Canada vs. Georgia (Esher, England)
September 6 – Canada vs. Fiji (The Stoop, England)
 
Rugby World Cup Pool Matches:
 
September 19 – Canada vs. Ireland  (Cardiff, Wales)
September 26 – Canada vs. Italy  (Leeds, England)
October 1 – Canada vs. France (Milton Keynes, England)
October 6 – Canada vs. Romania (Leicester, England)

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