EXCITING SIX TRY VICTORY FOR CANADA OVER RUSSIA

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Pat Parfrey Photo credit Ron LeBlanc

Hometown hero Gordon McRorie picked up Man of the Match honours after scoring two tries and kicking 16 points to help lift Canada’s Men’s Team over Russia 46-21 on Saturday afternoon; Canada to close out June International Series against Italy in Toronto on June 26th

 
CALGARY, ALBERTA –  Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team ran in six tries as they convincingly beat Russia 46-21 at the Calgary Rugby Park Saturday afternoon in their second RISEAsOne Summer Series test match.

 
Gordon McRorie scored 26 points, including two tries, while Taylor Paris, Pat Parfrey, Jordan Wilson-Ross and Matt Evans also touched down in an impressive performance by Mark Anscombe’s men. McRorie also became just the eighth man in Canadian rugby to score 100 test points.
 
“It felt really good to put in a performance like that,” McRorie said. “It’s good to get a great win. The dominance of our forwards gave our backs a good platform to perform. It’s given us confidence knowing we can score a lot of tries in these kind of games.”
 
Canada came flying out of the blocks as McRorie touched down under the sticks four minutes in after fellow Albertan Mozac Samson had blasted through the Russian line.
 
It was quickly 12-0 as Paris dove over in the corner after a driving maul from a lineout before it was Evans’ turn to get on the scoresheet as the Cornish Pirate was the beneficiary of some hard line running by Paris and Samson.
 
“It’s always exciting to get a win but those first 25 minutes we played superbly,” said Anscombe. “We executed as we wished too but again a few symptoms of easing the foot off a bit and it got a bit shabby of times but we scored some good tries and worked hard.”
 
Canada picked up their fourth try of the game in the 24th minute as Evans’ miss-pass out wide bounced off the grass into the waiting arms of Parfrey who breeezed over for his second test try. McRorie’s conversion gave Canada a commanding 26-0 lead.
 
“We created a lot out there,” Anscombe said. “When we stick to our systems we go well. We had some good aspects of rugby being played and we’ve got to back ourselves to do that.”
 
Russia found their way into the try zone in the 31st minute when prop Innokentiy Zykov powered over with Yury Kushnarev converting to cut the lead to 26-7 at the break.
 
A McRorie penalty in the 43rd minute pushed Canada’s lead to 29-7 before he linked up with Djustice Sears-Duru out wide on a quick give-and-go before sprinting in under the posts to extend the lead to 36-7. A returning Wilson-Ross, who hadn’t featured for Canada’s senior team in nearly two years, grabbed Canada’s sixth try as he dove in for his first career test tally.
 
“It’s always awesome to pull on the jersey and get a chance to play for your nation,” Wilson-Ross said. “I think everyone saw when I threw the ball up in the air I was super pumped. No words can explain how long I’ve waited to get that first try out of the way.”
 
Russia pulled back two consolation tries through Evgeny Elgin and Evgeny Matveev between a final McRorie penalty to conclude a 46-21 victory for Canada, collecting their fourth win in as many fixtures against their Russian counterparts.
 
“We’re extremely happy to get a win in front of a great home crowd today,” captain Jamie Cudmore said. “We’re taking steps week by week and getting better. To play in front of a sold out crowd who are right on top of us is huge and I think that showed in our performance today.”
 
Oakville native Matt Tierney also made his test debut for Canada coming on in the 67th minute for Jake Ilnicki while Cam Pierce made his first test appearance on Canadian soil. Canada concludes its #RISEAsOne Summer Series next Sunday when they face Italy at BMO Field in a hugely anticipated Rugby World Cup rematch.

Canada’s Roster vs. Russia (Name, Club, Hometown):
 
1. Djustice Sears -Duru – (Glasgow Warriors/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
2. Ray Barkwill – (Sacramento/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
3. Jake Ilnicki – (San Diego/BC Bears) Williams Lake, BC
4. Jamie Cudmore, captain – (Oyonnax) Squamish, BC
5. Evan Olmstead – (Newcastle Falcons/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
6. Kyle Baillie – (Ohio/Atlantic Rock) Summerside, PEI
7. Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Scarborough, ON
8. Aaron Carpenter – (Cornish Pirates/Ontario Blues) Brantford, ON
9. Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
10. Pat Parfrey – (Swilers RFC/Atlantic Rock) St. John’s, NL
11. Taylor Paris – (Agen) Barrie, ON
12. Nick Blevins – (San Francisco/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
13. Mozac Samson – (Calgary Saints/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
14. Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
15. Matt Evans – (Cornish Pirates) Maple Bay, BC
16. Eric Howard – (Brantford Harlequins/Ontario Blues) Ottawa, ON
17. Tom Dolezel – (London St. George’s/Ontario Blues) London, ON 
18. Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
19. Cam Pierce – (Section Paloise/Kelowna Crows) Vernon, BC
20. Alistair Clark – (Bay Street Pigs/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
21. Jamie Mackenzie – (UBCOB Ravens/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
22. Liam Underwood – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
23. Jordan Wilson-Ross – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Alliston, ON
 
Unavailable for selection:
 
Tyler Ardron – (Ospreys) Lakefield, ON
Brett Beukeboom – (Cornish Pirates) Lindsay, ON
Gradyn Bowd – (UVIC Vikes/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
Kyle Gilmour – (St. Albert RFC/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
Jeff Hassler – (Ospreys) Okotoks, AB
Phil Mackenzie – (San Diego/Ontario Blues), Oakville, ON
Jason Marshall – (Agen/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC
Callum Morrison – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
Benoit Piffero – (Avenir Castaneén Rugby XV/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
Jebb Sinclair – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Fredericton, NB
Brock Staller – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Andrew Tiedemann – (Bourgoin/Prairie Wolf Pack) St. Albert, AB
DTH van der Merwe – (Scarlets) Victoria, BC
Doug Wooldridge – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON 
 
Unavailable due to Rugby Sevens Olympic Repechage:
 
Nanyak Dala – (Castaway Wanderers/Prairie Wolf Pack) Saskatoon, SK
Ciaran Hearn – (London Irish/Atlantic Rock) Conception Bay South, NL
Nathan Hirayama – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
Harry Jones – (Capilano RFC/BC Bears) North Vancouver, BC
Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
John Moonlight – (James Bay AA/Ontario Blues) Pickering, ON
Conor Trainor – (UBCOB Ravens/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
 
Canada’s Senior Men’s Coaching Staff: 
 
Head Coach – Mark Anscombe
Assistant Coach – Graeme Moffat
Assistant Coach, Forwards – Michael Shelley
Technical Consultant (Auckland Blues) – Paul Feeney
Head Strength & Conditioning – Michael Deasy
Analyst – Aaron Takel
Physiotherapist – Mallory White
Athletic Therapist – Jessica Smith
Tour Manager – Jim Kazakoff
Operations & Logistics Manager – Alana Gattinger
 
Russia’s Lineup vs. Canada
 
1. Azamat Bitiev
2. Nazir Gasanov
3. Innokentiy Zykov
4. Andrei Garbuzov
5. Denis Antonov
6. Vitkor Gresev
7. Andrey Temnov
8. Anton Rudoi
9. Alexey Shcherban
10. Yury Kushnarev
11. Evgeny Kolomiytsev
12. Vladimir Rudenko
13. Dmitry Gerasimov
14. Konstantin Uzunov
15. Vasily Artemyev – captain
16. Evgeny Matveev
17. Alexey Volkov
18. Vladimir Podrezov
19. Evgeny Elgin
20. Pavel Butenko
21. Rushan Iagudin
22. Sergei Ianiushkin
23. Anton Ryabov

Scoring Summary:Canada
Tries: Gordon McRorie (2), Taylor Paris, Pat Parfrey, Matt Evans, Jordan Wilson-Ross
Conversions: Gordon McRorie (5)
Penalties Gordon McRorie (2)

Russia:
Tries: Innokentiy Zykov, Evgeny Elvin, Evgeny Matveev
Conversions:Yury Kushnarev

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