BURNABY, B.C. – Canada and the USA combined for 12 tries as the USA claimed a 51-34 win over Canada at Swangard Stadium in the third game of the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship. Mike Te’o had a hat-trick for the USA while Canada got tries from Taylor Paris (2), George Barton, Phil Mack and Admir Cejvanovic.
“They were the better team,” Canada’s head coach Mark Anscombe said. “They protected the ball and attacked better than us.”
It was a blistering start for the USA who jumped out to a 12-0 lead inside six minutes as Ryan Matras and Te’o each dotted down before Will Magie added a penalty.
“Conceding two tries that quick is not acceptable,” Anscombe said. “It was just poor from us.”
Canada composed themselves though and got on the scoreboard in the 14’th minute as Paris took a pass from Robbie Povey, who had darted through the USA line, to touch down in the corner for his 13th test try. Mack grabbed Canada’s second try in the 20th minute as he slipped off the back of a scrum to cut the lead to 15-12.
After the teams traded penalties, Ray Barkwill was sent to the sin bin in the 38th minute for failing to wrap up in the tackle resulting in Tony Purpura scoring right before the break for a 25-15 lead.
“I think it was just unlucky,” Barkwill said. “We never felt like we were out of the game.”
After Te’o added his second try five minutes into the second half before USA captain Todd Clever extended the lead to 37-15, Canada found life as Paris skipped through the USA defence for his second of the night in the 58th minute. However, momentum was lost in the 65th minute as John Quill scored before Barton had his second test try as he was the beneficiary of a lovely chip by Povey over the USA defence.
Te’o would complete his hat-trick in the 71st minute before hometown boy Admir Cejvanovic grabbed his first test try with three minutes remaining to close out a pulsating affair.
“We stayed in the fight all game long,” Barkwill said. “We just need that defencive thing to show up a bit.”
Saturday’s game was the final meeting between the two sides before their pivotal Rugby World Cup qualifier later this year.
Canada returns to action next Saturday when they travel to South America to face Uruguay.
Canada’s Men’s Team to face USA – Name, (Club/CRC) Hometown:
- Rob Brouwer – (Lindsay RFC/Ontario Blues) Lindsay, ON
- Ray Barkwill – Captain(Castaway Wanderers/Ontario Blues) Niagara Falls, ON
- Matt Tierney – (Section Paloise/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
- Conor Keys – (UVic Vikes/Atlantic Rock) Stittsville, ON
- Reegan O’Gorman – (Marist Albion) Vancouver, BC
- Lucas Rumball – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Scarborough, ON
- Ollie Nott – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Qualicum, BC
- Admir Cejvanovic – (Burnaby Lake RFC/BC Bears) Burnaby, BC
- Phil Mack – (James Bay AA/BC Bears) Victoria, BC
- Robbie Povey – (Bedford Athletic/Prairie Wolf Pack) Northampton, England
- Taylor Paris – (Agen) Barrie, ON
- Guiseppe Du Toit – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Maple Ridge, BC
- Nick Blevins – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
- Dan Moor – (Balmy Beach RFC/Ontario Blues) Toronto, ON
- Brock Staller – (UBC Thunderbirds/BC Bears) Vancouver, BC
- Benoit Piffero – (Blagnac Sporting Rugby Club/Atlantic Rock) Montreal, QC
- Djustice Sears -Duru – (Glasgow Warriors/Ontario Blues) Oakville, ON
- Cole Keith – (James Bay AA/Atlantic Rock) Sussex, NB
- Liam Chisholm – (UVIC Vikes/BC Bears) Kenora, ON
- Lucas Albornoz – (Burnaby Lake RC/Prairie Wolf Pack) Vancouver, BC
- Gordon McRorie – (Calgary Hornets/Prairie Wolf Pack) Calgary, AB
- Gradyn Bowd – (UVIC Vikes/Prairie Wolf Pack) Red Deer, AB
- George Barton – (Clermont Espoirs) Duncan, BC
Tries: Taylor Paris (2), Phil Mack, George Barton, Admir Cejvanovic
Penalties: Robbie Povey
Conversions: Robbie Povey, Gordon McRorie (2)
Tries: Mike Te’o (3), Ryan Matras, Tony Purpura, Todd Clever, John Quill
Penalties: Will Magie, Shaun Davies
Conversions: Shaun Davies
Canada’s 2017 Americas Rugby Championship Schedule:
Canada 6-20 Argentina — Feb. 4, Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC
Canada 36-15 Chile — Feb. 11, Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC, 8pm ET/5pm PT
Canada 34-51 USA — Feb. 18, Swangard Stadium, Langford, BC, 8pm ET/5pm PT
Uruguay vs. Canada — Feb. 25, Estadio Domingo Burgueno, Uruguay
Brazil vs. Canada — March 3, Pacaembu Stadium, Brazil