Canada Finds Winning Mark Against Brasil In 2018 ARC Rugby Action

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February 18th, 2018 Langford, BC (ISN) - Cole Davis celebrates his first international try with teammate Nick Blevins - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

February 17th, 2018 Langford,BC (ISN) – After dropping their first two rounds of the 2018 Americas Rugby Championships, Canada would find their form against Brasil with a resounding 45-5 win over visitors from South America at Westhills Stadium in Langford Saturday night.

February 18th, 2018  Langford, BC (ISN) - Canada would prove hard to tackle for Brasil as Canada's ball possession would give little to the visiting side to work with - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
February 18th, 2018 Langford, BC (ISN) – Canada would prove hard to tackle for Brasil as Canada’s ball possession would give little to the visiting side to work with – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

After back to back losses to Uruguay in 2019 RWC qualifying play that prompted a public statement by Rugby Canada CEO Allen Vansen, followed by a close defeat the hands of the USA last weekend in round two ARC action to fall 0-2 in ARC play, Canada breathed a sigh of relief with the resounding win with the help of some fresh faces on the active roster.

February 18th, 2018  Langford, BC (ISN) -Rugby Canada Captain Phil Mack draws the defense to off load to teammate Doug Fraser for a Canadian try - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
February 18th, 2018 Langford, BC (ISN) -Rugby Canada Captain Phil Mack draws the defense to off load to teammate Doug Fraser for a Canadian try – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Man of the match Luke Campbell, Cole Davis, and Guiseppe du Toit, would help bolster Team Canada’s win, each marking their international rugby careers with their first trys since joining the senior side.

February 18th, 2018  Langford, BC (ISN) - Man of the Match Canada's Luke Campbell, in his second official match for the senior XV's, accepts the his honour  - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
February 18th, 2018 Langford, BC (ISN) – Man of the Match Canada’s Luke Campbell, in his second official match for the senior XV’s, accepts the his honour – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Despite rainy and blustering conditions, Canada would come out firing, showing the partisan home crowd what they are capable of to dominate the competition early, keeping the South American side at bay all game with quick ball movement and punishing, relentless tackling.

February 18th, 2018  Langford, BC (ISN) - Canadian Men's XV's open round three of 2018 ARC with a match against visiting Brasil - Erich Eichhorn photo  (www.allsportsmedia.ca)
February 18th, 2018 Langford, BC (ISN) – Canadian Men’s XV’s open round three of 2018 ARC with a match against visiting Brasil – Erich Eichhorn photo (www.allsportsmedia.ca)

Recap :

Canada would jump out to a quick 14-0 lead in the first ten minutes of the match on trys by 8th man Luke Campbell, and Cole Davis.

Prop Djustice Sears-Duru would break free for a highlight reel dive into Brasil’s end for Canada’s third try of the first half to go up 21-0. DTH van der Merwe, Canada’s record try-scorer would all but put any Brazilian comeback out of reach putting the ball down for his 32nd try just before half-time to give Canada a comfortable 26-0 lead.

February 18th, 2018  Langford, BC (ISN) -  DTH van der Merwe chases down his own chip ball ahead of the Brazilian defense - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
February 18th, 2018 Langford, BC (ISN) – DTH van der Merwe chases down his own chip ball ahead of the Brazilian defense – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Rain would relent in the second half, but Canada’s dominance over Brasil would not. Veteran Ray Barkwill, and “debutant” Doug Fraser would give Canada a 38-0 lead.

February 18th, 2018  Langford, BC (ISN) - With Ray Barkwill following in support, Doug Fraser take the Phil Mack off load in for a try - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
February 18th, 2018 Langford, BC (ISN) – With Ray Barkwill following in support, Doug Fraser take the Phil Mack off load in for a try – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Shawnigan Lake School and Univeristy of Victoria product Guiseppe du Toit would also score his first try to cap a resounding win for the red and white.

A late consolation try by Brasil’s in the last minute would erase the shut out win but the not the loss as Canada would roll to a 45-5 win.

February 18th, 2018  Langford, BC (ISN) - Lucas Rumball stretches out to try to bring down the Brazillian ball carrier - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
February 18th, 2018 Langford, BC (ISN) – Lucas Rumball stretches out to try to bring down the Brazillian ball carrier – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Kicker Shane O’Leary would make good on five conversions, good for 10 points to the winning cause.

Canada now travels to South America to face a tough Argentinian club next weekend in Jujuy, Argentina in the fourth round of five in the Championship series.

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