Saturday, November 6, 2010
Belgium 12-43 Canada
Canada have begun its four match European tour with a 43-12 victory over Belgium in what was the first ever meeting between the two countries. Wet conditions were the dominant feature of the match played at the Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels but this did not stop the hosts recieveing a good crowd of 5,000 fans for the fixture.
Canada outscored the hosts 6 tries to 2 with both the macks and forwards getting the better of the Europeans. Canadian hooker and captain, Pat Riordan scored two tries but it was his front row parter, Tom Dolezel who scored the first try for the Canadians. The BC Bears halves pair of Sean White and Nathan Hirayama also contributed with White scoring a first half try and flyhalf Hirayama kicking six points to give the Canadians a 26-5 lead at the interval.
Players from the BC Bears continued to impressive in the second half with winger Sean Duke scoring a try. Hirayama was replaced by Ander Monro of the Ontario Blues who scored a try, kicking two conversions and a penalty to wrap things up with the North American side winning 43-12.
Given that French is an official language in both countries future fixtures are a must. Canada face Spain next weekend in Madrid.
With Thanks: www.rugbycanada.ca