Canadian men rally in 2nd half to top Netherlands in rugby test match


Canada scored 24 second-half factors en route to a 37-25 win over the Netherlands on Saturday in a world rugby test match in Amsterdam.

The Twenty eighth-ranked Dutch stored it tight in the primary half with the sport tied 13-13 on the break below vivid sunshine.

But the Twenty second-ranked Canadian men stored coming and took management in the second half till the Dutch scored two late tries.

Ross Braude, Lindsey Stevens, Lucas Rumball and Josh Larsen scored tries for Canada. Cooper Coats kicked 4 conversions and three penalties.

Daily Limmen, Jessy Wagemaker and Dirk Wierenga had tries for the Dutch. Peter Lydon booted two conversions and two penalties.

It was the first-ever assembly between the 2 sides.

“Full credit score to the Dutch in the primary half,” mentioned Canadian coach Kingsley Jones. “Their kicking recreation was wonderful.”

“I assumed it was a very good test match. It’s an excellent advert for rising nations… We’re actually happy. It’s been an excellent day for us,” he added. “I feel it was a constructive day for everybody together with the Netherlands.”

Canada set to play Namibia

Canada faces No. 24 Namibia subsequent Saturday, additionally on the National Rugby Center. The two groups have been to have met on the 2019 World Cup in Japan however the recreation in Kamaishi was referred to as off due to Typhoon Hagibis.

The European video games are the primary for the complete Canadian senior aspect since July when it beat No. 26 Belgium 45-0 in Halifax and misplaced 57-34 to No. 16 Spain in Ottawa.

Jones took a developmental aspect to Brazil final month for the Americas Rugby Trophy the place Canada ‘A’ misplaced 36-25 to Chile XV and beat Brazil ‘A’ 31-14.

The Netherlands completed final in the Rugby Europe Championship, which served as a World Cup qualifier. The Dutch completed sixth at 1-9-0 with the lone win by means over disqualification over Russia.

Competitive 1st half

The Dutch served discover in the fourth minute, profitable a scrum penalty in opposition to prop Liam Murray. Another Canadian penalty for offside two minutes later allowed the Netherlands to kick for objective however Lydon was huge.

Canada regrouped and pulled forward 3-0 on a Tenth-minute Coats penalty when the Dutch have been dinged for offside. Lydon tied it up 4 minutes later with a long-range penalty.

While the Dutch scrum was stable, the Canadians started to make inroads in open play, hammering away on the Dutch defence. But Lydon transformed one other penalty for a 6-3 lead in the twentieth minute.

The Canadian backs broke by way of in the twenty third minute with a line break by Coats organising a attempt below the posts by Braude and a 10-6 lead.

The Dutch damage their trigger with dealing with errors after they did win possession. Another Coats penalty upped the lead to 13-6 in the thirty third minute.

The Dutch backs answered in the thirty fifth minute, slicing by way of the Canadian defence with Limmen touching down in the nook. Lydon’s conversion tied it at 13-13.

Canada kicked for the nook after a Dutch penalty late in the half. But the assault ended in a knock-on on the Dutch try-line.

Canada’s dominant 2nd half

There was some dangerous blood in the second half with French referee Benoit Rousselet sending a Dutch participant to the sin-bin in the fiftieth minute.

The Canadians rapidly took benefit with Stevens, on the again of two Dutch penalties, scoring in the back of a driving maul for a 20-13 lead. Another try-scoring alternative minutes later ended in an errant Canadian go.

A Rumball attempt in the 61st minute padded the lead with the Canadian scrum, minutes later, profitable a penalty in entrance of its personal posts to extinguish a Dutch menace. Larsen then bulled his means over in the 71st because the Canadian forwards battered the Dutch.

Wagemaker ended Canada’s 21-point run with a transformed attempt off a driving mail in the seventy fifth minute. Coats continued his good kicking day with a 78th-minute penalty earlier than Wierenga scored in the nook with time operating out.

Callum Botchar, Matthew Klimchuk, Conor Young and Josiah Morra received their first 15s caps for Canada.

Saturday’s recreation marked a return for wing Andrew Coe, who final performed for the 15s group on the 2019 World Cup. The 26-year-old, a part of Canada’s sevens squad on the Tokyo Olympics, helped Rugby New York win the MLR championship this season.

Rumball and Ben LeSage served as Canada co-captains.

The two coaches are not any strangers. Kingsley Jones and Dutch coach Lyn Jones each performed for Wales and labored collectively on the Dragons, a Welsh membership aspect. Both beforehand coached Russia.

The third-ranked Canadian girls additionally performed Saturday, overwhelmed 36-0 in the bronze-medal match on the Rugby World Cup some 18,000 kilometres away in Auckland, New Zealand.


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