February 11th, 2017 Langford, B.C. – Taylor Paris had a hat-trick as Canada’s Men’s Rugby Team collected its 100th test win after beating Chile 36-15 in Americas Rugby Championship action at Westhills Stadium.
Canada also got tries from Dan Moor and debutant George Barton en route to a dominant victory. Gordon McRorie kicked seven points while Robbie Povey added four.
“This is definitely a performance we can build on for next week,” Moor said. “We can keep on building on this and we’re excited to face the USA next week.”
After falling 3-0 behind after an early Tomás Ianzeewski penalty, Canada replied with two first half Paris tries either side of a McRorie penalty. Paris’ first try came after Francisco Cruz had seen yellow with Canada swinging the ball wide from the resulting scrum for Paris to score his 10th test try in the corner.
After McRorie’s penalty pushed the lead to 10-3, Paris had his second try of the night after collecting a loose ball off of a strange bounce to touch down for a 17-3 lead at the break. Paris completed his hat-trick in the 53rd minute as he powered over in the corner for a 22-3 lead before Chile grabbed its first try of the night in the 60th minute.
After a Phil Mack line break got Canada into the Chilean 22metre line, Barton had a try on debut as he powered through the Chile line to increase the lead to 29-10 after Povey, also on debut, kicked the conversion for his first test points.
Rodrigo Fernandez’s try cut the lead to 29-15 before Canada, who again had a man advantage, had the final say with Dan Moor charging over in the corner for his fourth test try to complete an impressive 36-15 win.
“We got a win and a bonus point,” Canada’s Head Coach Mark Anscombe said. “I thought some of the young guys performed well and that only bodes well for the future.”
It marks Canada’s second test win over Chile after they defeated them 64-13 in Santiago in last year’s Americas Rugby Championship.
Canada’s head coach Mark Anscombe gave eight players their full test debuts for Canada. In addition to Povey and Barton, Conor Keys, Ollie Nott, Guiseppe du Toit, Cole Keith, Matt Beukeboom and Reegan O’Gorman all won their first test caps.
“They did a really good job tonight,” Moor said. “It’s obviously a really big moment in their lives and they’ve worked really hard to get here. It’s awesome to see.”