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Wales Holds Off Tenacious Canada

Saturday May 30, 2009 in Canada National Team - Men

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May 30, 2009 – Canada gave Wales a push but ultimately fell in Saturday’s test match 32-23.

The game was fairly close throughout, with Canada rarely able to pull ahead by more than ten.

Canada led early off a James Pritchard penalty goal, but Wales replied with a very soft try, as a muffed clearance kick gave Chris Czekaj an easy pickup and touchdown.

The teams traded penalty goals and it was 16-9 at halftime. Canada tied it up moments into the second half when Sean Duke scored off a turnover. Pritchard’s conversion made it 16-16.

But Wales re-took the lead when Tom James bulled over. Dan Biggar’s kick made it 23-16.

And from then on it was all about Wales trying to stay a little clear of the tenacious Canadians. Another Biggar kick made it 29-16 before Pat Riordan set up Ed Fairhurst for Canada’s second try. 29-23. One more Bigger penalty sealed it.

For the Canadians it was a big effort, and one that saw them tied 45 minutes into the game. They will rue the muffed clearance kick – shades of their loss to Wales in the 2007 World Cup.

Wales moves on to face the USA in a week.

Canada 23
Tries: Duke, Fairhurst
Convs: Pritchard 2
Pens: Pritchard 3

15  James Pritchard (Bedford Blues)
14  Ciaran Hearn (Castaway Wanderers/Conception Bay, NFLD)
13  DTH van der Merwe (James Bay AA/Regina, SK)
12  Ryan Smith (Calgary Irish/Caledon, ON)
11  Sean Duke (University of Victoria, Victoria, BC)
10  Ander Monro (Colorno, Italy)
9  Ed Fairhurst (Cornish Pirates/Victoria, BC)
8  Aaron Carpenter (Brantford Harelquins, Brantford, ON)
7  Adam Kleeberger (University of Victoria/White Rock, BC)
6  Jebb Sinclair (Castaway Wanderers/Fredericton, NB)
5  Luke Tait (Stade Montois - France/Barrie, ON)
4  Mike Burak (Cornish Pirates/Vancouver, BC)
3  Andrew Tiedemann (University of Victoria/St. Albert, AB)
2  Pat Riordan (C) (University of Victoria/Burnaby, BC)
1  Kevin Tkachuk (Glasgow Warriors/Regina, SK)

16  Mike Pletch (Velox Valhallians/Lucan, ON)
17  Doug Wooldridge (Cowichan RFC/Lindsay, ON)
18  Tyler Hotson (UBC Old Boy Ravens/Vancouver, BC)
19  Nanyak Dala (Castaway Wanderers/Saskatoon, SK)
20  Matt Evans (Hartpury College- UK/Cowichan, BC)
21  David Spicer (University of Victoria/Victoria, BC)
22  Phil Mack (James Bay AA/Victoria, BC)

Head Coach: Kieran Crowley
Assistant Coach: John Tait
Skills Coach: Morgan Williams
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Tyler Goodale
Scrum Coach: Kevin Wirachowski
Managers: Des Lynch, Rodger Swany
Video Analyst: Peter Huigenbos



Wales 32
Tries: Czekal, James

Convs: Biggar 2
Pens: Biggar 6

15. Daniel Evans (Scarlets)
14. Tom James (Blues)
13. JonathanDavies (Scarlets)
12. Andrew Bishop (Ospreys)
11. Chris Czekaj (Blues)
10. DanBiggar (Ospreys)
9. Gareth Cooper (Gloucester)
1. Duncan Jones (Ospreys)
2.Richard Hibbard (Ospreys)
3.John Yapp (Blues)
4. Bradley Davies (Blues)
5. Deiniol Jones (Blues)
6.Dafydd Jones (Scarlets)
7. Robin Sowden-Taylor(Blues)
8. Ryan Jones (Ospreys, capt)

16. GarethWilliams (Blues)
17. Craig Mitchell (Ospreys)
18. Ian Gough (Ospreys)
19. SamWarburton (Blues)
20. Dwayne Peel (Sale)
21. Nicky Robinson (Blues)

Coach: Robin McBryde
Assistant Coach: Neil Jenkins
Manager: Alan Philips
Press Officer: Simon Rimmer
22. JonathanSpratt (Ospreys)


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