Saturday, July 28, 2012

Canada v Uruguay 2010

DTH van der Merwe
The Churchill Cup is a thing of the past and there is little chance that it be be reborn due to the two North American unions´ desire to have a calendar which enables both to host one six nations side every June in addition to one tier two side. The tournament´ purpose was the bridge the gap between that of club rugby in Canada and the United States of America and test level rugby. It saw teams such as the England Saxons, (England A), France A and Ireland A compete against the North American test sides. It also saw other Tier 2 and even Tier 3 sides invited to participate. Uruguay was such an example as Los Teros played in the 2010 tournament which served as preperation for Rugby World Cup qualification matches. 

Los Teros sent an experimental side with the intention of trying to find the right balance so that it could give itself a greater chance of qualifying for New Zealand 2011. The squad, nonetheless, had some experienced players but it was far from full strength. Notably there was no Rodrigo Capó Ortega. Canada also fielded a young side but the team had already secured its place at Rugby World Cup 2011 and had the luxury of using the tournament to continue the process of confirming who would and who would not feature in the World Cup in New Zealand. 

There was only one player appearing on the international stage for the first time, Ryan Hamilton. He was on the bench as the reserve hooker. Canada fielded the same backrow that would go on to impress at the World Cup. It was a game of two halves. The first half was tight and low scoring with the North Americans taking an eight point lead into half time. The 14-6 lead did not last long however as Canada impressed in going on to a 48-6 victory. In total Canada scored six tries to zero with Matt Evans, Justin Mensah-Coker, Chauncey O´Toole, Luke Tait all scoring while DTH van der Merwe Scored a double. 

The match was played at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado.


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