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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.