Seven Try Win For Canada In Historic First Test Over Brazil

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Rugby Canada Press Release / Images by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
 
LANGFORD, BC – Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team collected its second win of the 2016 Americas Rugby Championship after a historic 52-25 win over Brazil Saturday night at Westhills Stadium.
 
Not a frequent flyer to the goal line, Captain Barkwill takes off after running across the try line to dive and put the ball down to make the score official – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Canada ran in seven tries as Lucas Rumball (2), Clay Panga (2), Michael Hamson, Paul Ciulini and captain Ray Barkwill all touched down while Andrew Ferguson kicked 13 points in front of 1,865 fans.
 
“To get one try was amazing but to get two was just a bonus,” Panga said. “It was an unreal feeling. It’s a great testament to how hard the boys worked.”

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Westshore RFC womens coach and Rugby Canada team menber Clay Panga carries the ball on a sideline romp before being pushed out of bounds – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
 
After building a 31-13 lead at the break, it took Canada 25 minutes to break through in the second half as Panga went over for his second try of the night after Daniel Sancery had touched down for Brazil in the 47th minute. Joao Luiz da Ros got Brazil a late consolation try before Ciulini and Hamson each grabbed their first test tries in the final five minutes with Brock Staller, who made his test debut at outside centre, adding both conversions.

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Canada kept the pressure on Brazil most of the game, forcing some quick thinking with the ball by the scrum-half. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
 
“We have to give credit to the forwards,” attack coach Graeme Moffat said. “They took it to Brazil and scored all seven tries. That will definitely rile the backs up and will hopefully make training interesting next week.”
 
Canada exploded for four tries in the first half as they came storming out of the gates. Rumball grabbed the first test try of his career as the Scarborough, Ont., native crashed over after collecting the ball at the back of the breakdown.Brazil got on the board in the ninth minute as centre Moises Duque kicked a penalty before Panga notched his first test try in the 12th minute with Ferguson again converting for a 14-3 lead.

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Dan Moor off loads the ball jst before the Brazillian try line to keep the ball in play – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
 
Duncan Maguire was sinbinned in the 21st minute for a late and high tackle with Duque taking advantage again before Brazil grabbed their first try of the night as scrum half Johannes Beukes Cremer snuck out the back of the scrum and beat a tackler before diving over in the corner.

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A little worse for wear but still functioning , Ray Barkwill holds off a would be tackler. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
 
With Maguire back in the fold, Canada hit back as Captain Barkwill overlapped on the wing before swan diving in for just his second test try in his 29th game to give Canada a 22-13 advantage.
 
Canada would bundle over one last time in the opening 40 with Brazil No. 8 Nicholas Smith in the sin bin for a cynical side entry penalty, Rumball again drove over from the breakdown for his second try of the night.

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Canada’s Djustice Sears-Duru breaks a few tackles with the big body to gain advantage over the Brazilian side – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
 
In addition to Staller, Brett Johnson, Joe Dolesau, Eric Howard, Jake Robinson, Rob Brouwer and Hamson all made their test debuts Saturday, coming on as replacements.
 
“It was an unbelievable feeling,” Johnson said. “To come from a small town like Truro and make my test debut is a wonderful moment.”
 
Canada will head to South America for the final two games of their ARC campaign as they will first face Argentina XV in one week before concluding against Chile on March 5. Canada opened with a 33-17 win over Uruguay before a narrow 30-22 loss to the USA in Texas last weekend.

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Clay Panga was rewarded for his game efforts with the Man of the Match honors – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
 
“The coaches have put an emphasis on not losing at home,” Panga said. “To be able to come out here and perform in front of our home crowd is just the icing on the cake. Now we have to take that on the road.”
 

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