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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Canada surprise France A in the Churchill Cup

Canada surprise France A in the Churchill Cup

Canada upset a strong France A side on the weekend as they progressed to the final of the Churchill Cup, where they will take on the England Saxons. The 33-27 victory, at Infinity Park in Glendale, means they will be in their first ever final.

The French side, while a second team, contained the likes of Maxime Medard, Lionel Beauxis, and a returning Julien Dupuy, who has now served out his six month suspension for eye gouging.

The lead in the match changed hands numerous times, but it was Brian Erichsens try that took the Canadians into the lead in the 70th minute, which they then held onto despite late French pressure.

Aaron Carpenter and Matt Evans also scored for Canada, while Ander Monro kicked 12 of their points. Thibault Lacroix and Yohan Audrin scored for the French, with Beauxis kicking 17 points.

The Canadians will face the England Saxons in the final after they qualified by beating the USA in Pool A. The USA and France A will meet in the Plate Final.

It was a poor weekend for French rugby overall, and despite this being a second team on show, was a superb win for Canada, who are clearly making great progress.

"I'm really happy for our guys, they put in a solid 80 minutes," said coach Kieran Crowley, a former All Black fullback. "We put ourselves under the pump a little bit but they showed great character and resilience and came through in the end."

This highlights summary is the best available right now, but will be replaced with a better quality and longer video as soon as possible.


Time: 03:57
Note: Thanks to RugbyCanada for the clip

Posted at 3:45 pm | 29 comments

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 2:52 pm

1st and meh its not all its cracked up to be

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 2:55 pm

well done canada! stronger will to win and a lot of big tackles compared to us. I still have problems to understand why their scrum was not more penalised as the french totally destroyed them in this area.

btw, glad to see medard having a good performance for france, what is doing a player as talented in france'a' squad ? Am i the only one thinking he looks like wolverine ?

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Luxi June 15, 2010 2:56 pm

its good to see developping rugby nations beating top ranked sides (even if it's only the A-team, they're still all french Top14 full time professionals)
so fair play canada, and go go go for the final !!!

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Box June 15, 2010 3:01 pm

Good work Canada.

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Boulder Bob June 15, 2010 3:16 pm

goddamnit! I could've gone to that match, too! Why didn't I?!?!

Well done, Canada. Just another reminder that when it comes to rugby, you're always one step ahead of us here in the USA.

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Boulder Bob June 15, 2010 3:19 pm

Oh, piss crap. I just saw that the finals aren't even in Denver; now, they're being held in NJ? So, I completely missed out on seeing the action....

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Diarmuid June 15, 2010 3:30 pm

French No.6, Baby Sea Bass?

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 3:47 pm

that canadian presenter was so full of himself

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 4:00 pm

looked likea quality game, and good on canada! but lol at the canadian no. 9. poor guy having to say ruthless so much with a lisp

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 4:02 pm

Well done Canada

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 4:11 pm

"French No.6, Baby Sea Bass?"

He's Jean Pierre Perez, Perpignan's flanker.

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George June 15, 2010 4:28 pm

Why did they have to interview the one guy who couldn't say 'ruthless'?

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cheyanqui June 15, 2010 5:19 pm

Great display by Canada. Shame that this game and the final won't count towards the IRB rankings.

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 6:51 pm

why was bausteru (sorry for spelling) playing A team rugby??

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The Mad Mailman June 15, 2010 7:53 pm

Great vid from a great match.

Worst presentation ever though.

"Hi, I'm Brian Kelly and I'm about as interesting as damp cardboard."

Moreover, I am convinced now none of these men were actually Canadian because at no point did I ever hear any of them use the word 'eh.'

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 8:26 pm

Well done Canada. It should be good for the morale to beat France.
For France it does not really mater, all the players are just aiming to be on vacation right now after a long season. Not sure this type of games can really help Canada to improve. At least you know that your scrum is not at the top... Best wishes against England

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 8:26 pm

"well done canada! stronger will to win and a lot of big tackles compared to us. I still have problems to understand why their scrum was not more penalised as the french totally destroyed them in this area.

btw, glad to see medard having a good performance for france, what is doing a player as talented in france'a' squad ? Am i the only one thinking he looks like wolverine ?"

Je ne comprends pas ce qui tu sais...

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sacricketer June 15, 2010 9:29 pm

having to watch that video on loop would be ruthleth. surely that #9 was taking the pith, no?

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 9:59 pm

ruthleth! haha!

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Eh? June 15, 2010 10:23 pm

What is the definition of ruthluth?

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Anonymous June 15, 2010 10:44 pm

he has a lisp obviously. both that Canadian 14 and Beauxis have huge booots on them!

England will win the final tho :D

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Freedictionary.com June 16, 2010 1:49 am

Roofless

Adjective:
1) Lacking a roof.
2) Having no home or shelter

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cheyanqui June 16, 2010 2:57 am

reminds me of that scene in Kentucky Fried Movie

that man is tough and ruthless
this man is rough and tootless

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Tim June 16, 2010 3:00 am

That Canadian no 11 looks a good player, who's he?

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miner June 16, 2010 4:24 am

cheyanqui, you've always got 70's/80's movie references up your sleeve. I, for one, appreciate it.

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max June 16, 2010 6:04 pm

"That Canadian no 11 looks a good player, who's he?"

he's Justin Mensah-Coker

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jay June 16, 2010 6:38 pm

So Bastareaud was lightly injured, that's why he didn't make to France's squad, but apparently was light enough to go play for the A side (which I think was a week or 10 days after).
And lmao for roofless but ruthless rather...
"Sans piti" in french...

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Anonymous June 17, 2010 1:37 am

""That Canadian no 11 looks a good player, who's he?"

he's Justin Mensah-Coker"

Who's he play for?

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Anonymous June 17, 2010 3:11 am

mosely in england

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