Ireland All Over Canada In Their World Cup Opener

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Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team drops 2015 RWC opener to Ireland in front of near sell-out crowd at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff; Attention now shifts to Italy in weeks time
 
CARDIFF, WALES – DTH van der Merwe scored Canada’s lone try but Ireland ran in seven tries en route to a 50-7 win in their World Cup opener. Jonathan Sexton scored 14 points while Ireland had seven different try scorers. Nathan Hirayama added the conversion after van der Merwe’s second half try.

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, was sold out for Saturday’s contest with a number of Canadian fans in attendance from all over the world.”I was pleased with some aspects of the game,” Canadian head coach Kieran Crowley said. “Our set piece went reasonably well and we created some chances, some which we didn’t take so that is an area we need to look at.
 
Canada had the chance to take an early lead as scrum-half Gordon McRorie attempted a long range penalty but his kick fell a few meters short. However, Sexton got the first points of the game in the 14th minute with a close range penalty in front of the posts.
 
Canadian captain Jamie Cudmore was sinbinned three minutes later and Ireland ran in three tries in less than 10 minutes as Sean O’Brien, Iain Henderson and Sexton all touched down to push the Irish lead to 22-0.”I was trying to prevent the try but I got dinged for it and had to pay the price,” Cudmore said. “That’s on me and it’s a mistake I made.””They made us pay in that area with a man down and we weren’t able to do the same when they were a man down,” Crowley said. Ireland captain Paul O’Connell would be sinned binned two minutes into the second half but Canada couldn’t capitalize.
 
Dave Kearney would collect the bonus point for Ireland in the 30th minute as he scored in the corner after a burst of speed to get past the Canadian line.”I don’t think we started like we wanted to,” O’Connell said. “I thought Canada played some great rugby in the early parts of the game.”
 
Canada thought they had their first try of the Rugby World Cup in the 40th minute when van der Merwe touched down in the corner after a number of phases from the forward pack. However, it was adjudged that Hirayama’s outlet pass was forward denying van der Merwe.
 
However, he wouldn’t be denied again. After a scoreless opening 27 minutes of the second half,  Sean Cronin got a fifth Irish try but a minute later, van der Merwe had his 17th test try after he intercepted a kick and ran half of the field to score the fourth World Cup try of his career.

 
“We put some good rugby together but we didn’t have the finishing in the red zone,” Cudmore said. “If we had a few things go our way I think we would have been in the game a bit more.”Ireland added two tries inside the final ten minutes as Rob Kearney and Jared Payne scored to push Ireland to the half-century mark.Despite facing the sixth-ranked team in the world, Canada, for long periods of time, didn’t look out of place against their foes. It took Ireland 27 minutes to break the Canadian defence in the second half and for periods of play, Canada outplayed the Irish, particularly inside the opening 15 minutes and the opening 20 minutes of the second half. Along with van der Merwe’s try that was disallowed on half time, Jebb Sinclair also had a try pulled back after it was adjudged he was slightly offside as Hirayama put his grubber kick behind the Ireland line highlighting that Canada had a forward prowess despite a lob-sided final score line.
 
Ireland, who won this year’s RBS Six Nations, are now 6-1-0 against Canada all-time. Saturday’s meeting was just the second time the two sides had met at a World Cup – the other was in 1987.Canada entered the tournament on the back of some good form having won two of their previous three World Cup warm-up matches having beaten the Glasgow Warriors and then Georgia in a test match.
 
Canada is back in action on Sept. 26 when they take on Italy in their second World Cup match. Kickoff is 9:30 am ET / 6:30 am PT and can be seen LIVE on TSN. The entire Rugby World Cup, featuring all 48 matches, can be seen LIVE across TSN’s platform of channels.
 
Canada’s squad to face Ireland – (Club), Hometown, Province
 
1. Hubert Buydens – (Unattached/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
2. Ray Barkwill – (Unattached/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Doug Wooldridge – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
4. Brett Beukeboom – (Cornish Pirates) Lindsay, ON
5. Jamie Cudmore, Captain – (Clermont Auvergne) Squamish, BC
6. Kyle Gilmour – (Rotherham Titans/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
7. John Moonlight – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
8. Aaron Carpenter – (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON
9. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10. Nathan Hirayama – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
11. DTH van der Merwe – (Scarlets) Victoria, BC
12. Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Ciaran Hearn – (Unattached/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
14. Jeff Hassler – (Ospreys) Okotoks, AB
15. Matt Evans – (Cornish Pirates) Maple Bay, BC
16. Benoit Piffero – (Unattached/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
17. Djustice Sears-Duru – (Oakville Crusaders/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
18. Andrew Tiedemann – (Unattached/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
19. Jebb Sinclair – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Fredericton, NB
20. Richard Thorpe – (London Welsh) Beckenham, England
21. Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
22. Liam Underwood – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
23. Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
 
Unavailable for selection:
 
Tyler Ardron – (Ospreys) Lakefield, ON
Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) West Vancouver, BC
 
Senior Men’s Coaching Staff:
 
Head Coach: Kieran Crowley
Forwards Coach: Neil Barnes
Assistant Coach: Leo Crowley
Scrum Coach: Mike Shelley
Skills Coach: Graeme Moffat
Manager: Gareth Rees
 
Ireland’s squad to face Canada: 
 
1. Jack McGrath
2. Rory Best
3. Mike Ross 
4. Iain Henderson 
5. Paul O’Connell 
6. Peter O’Mahony 
7. Sean O’Brien 
8. Jamie Heaslip
9. Conor Murray 
10. Jonathan Sexton
11. Keith Earls 
12. Luke Fitzgerald
13. Jared Payne
14. Dave Kearney
15. Rob Kearney
16. Sean Cronin
17. Cian Healy 
18. Nathan White 
19. Donnacha Ryan
20. Chris Henry 
21. Eoin Reddan
22. Ian Madigan 
23. Simon Zebo Scoring summary:
 
Ireland:
 
Tries: Sean O’Brien, Iain Henderson, Jonathan Sexton, Dave Kearney, Sean Cronin, Rob Kearney, Jared Payne
Conversions: Jonathan Sexton (3) Ian Madigan (3)
Penalties: Jonathan Sexton
Yellow cards: Paul O’Connell
 
Canada:Tries: DTH van der Merwe
Conversions: Nathan Hirayama
Yellow cards: Jamie Cudmore

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