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Thursday, June 24, 2010

England Saxons beat Canada to win the Churchill CUp 2010

England Saxons beat Canada to win the Churchill CUp 2010

The England Saxons were too good for Canada in the final of the Churchill Cup as they came out 38-18 winners at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey this past weekend.

It was the fifth title for the Saxons as Canada, who had impressed earlier by beating France A and made a comeback after being 17-0 down, were no match for the experience and talent of the English players.

Nick Abendanon, Alex Goode, Jon Clarke, and Luke Narraway all scored tries for the Saxons, with flyhalf Stephen Myler kicking 18 points with the boot.

"This is my third Churchill Cup and my first win," said Narraway "Last year against Ireland we had a similar talented squad but something obviously didn't work. Full credit to the lads, they have worked hard and we played some exciting football and it was great to be a part of.

"We took the foot off the pedal, but all credit to Canada. They are a real good side. They came back at us, but we had enough talent and energy in the tank to win the game," he added.

Canada got within touching distance by pulling back the score with tries through Ryan Smith, Matt Evans and Chauncey O'Toole. It was the English side who came away comfortable winners in the end though.

"It's a fantastic achievement," coach Stuart Lancaster said "Three weeks ago we met in a Heathrow hotel with disappointed players not making the senior tour and young players who came in straight from the Guinness Premiership and collectively to put all that together and form a team is great. I'm really proud."


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Posted at 3:27 pm | 27 comments

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Sam June 24, 2010 2:38 pm

Just want to comment so no one can say 'first' and nothing else. I do think its a shame though, i would have loved to see canada take this one

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Shazza June 24, 2010 2:49 pm

Who shot the awesome image?

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Anonymous June 24, 2010 2:49 pm

I hate that commentator. "And one more pass... and he puts the ball down"

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Anonymous June 24, 2010 2:59 pm

Who exactly is Nick Abadanon? Silly Canadians :p

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Luke June 24, 2010 3:00 pm

Please put up that hit on Varndell, he got smashed!

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Phil June 24, 2010 3:16 pm

I like the commentary, fun to hear the Americans talking rugby. I've never heard anyone else talk about the 'red zone' before though. Does that just mean in the opposition's 22?

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Disco June 24, 2010 3:23 pm

I liked the commentary too; while it does sound something in between NFL and Rugby it's interesting to hear different vocabulary being used.

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Anonymous June 24, 2010 3:27 pm

Really bad commentary there, embarrassing to hear as an American rugby player. Not only Abadanon, but also Tom Wood on the 'side row'. And yes, red zone is the opposition's 22, it comes from American football.

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Anonymous June 24, 2010 4:04 pm

LOL at the american commentary. HOWEVER, at least they are trying to get rugby bigger over there, which should be interesting in future World Cups

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Anonymous June 24, 2010 4:14 pm

Commentator had a shocker, get Eddie Butler out there.
Varndell . . . bosh.

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The Inside Shoulder June 24, 2010 5:07 pm

Some shocking NFL-style blocking for Canada's second try. Dont know how the ref didnt pick that one up?

Varndell - what an absolute muppet.

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Vuvuzela man June 24, 2010 6:06 pm

Was that Varndell who "chipped" the ball right into the hands of a canadian player for the last try?

Shame on you!

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Anonymous June 24, 2010 6:43 pm

exciting english backs...canada seems to be improving..great couple steps by evans

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Anonymous June 24, 2010 6:45 pm

2nd canadian shouldn't be awarded, wtf ? rules are fuckep up or what?

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Dave June 24, 2010 8:04 pm

The Canadian flyhalf Evans is a very exciting young player who has a great future ahead of him. He had fabulous game at Fullback the week before against France A. Watch for him at Newport Gwent Dragons.

Agree American commentators are a disgrace LOL

but what do you expect

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thisin June 24, 2010 11:51 pm

As everyone else has said, terrible American Commentary. Abadanon eh?

If you looks at Canada's second try, Mensah-Coker is just finishing his line which he ran when the pass was made. He did come in contact with the English player AS O'Toole (I think it was) caught the ball, but he immediately stopped and the Englishman was able to easily get by him and actually reach O'Toole and gave a rather weak attempted tackle. Managed to get a full wrap on him but O'Toole broke free. So there was no purposeful obstruction. Sure accidental can easily be argued. But I can also see why the ref would have allowed it.

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Anonymous June 25, 2010 12:39 am

I'm sorry but it's clear obstruction... if it was accidental, a scrum, if it wasn't, penalty...

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Jackson June 25, 2010 3:43 am

What rubbish about "obstruction", the pass went over the red player's head to the back outside him but the red player is not obliged in any way to get out of the defender's path. Do you expect him to stop dead and usher the tackler through? And as thisin says, the defender did get around, which is his job, but wasn't able to make the tackle. Most of the contact seems to be the white player scragging the red player who hasn't got the ball. The ref was right to not even give it a thought.

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fry June 25, 2010 8:09 am

Yeah, the commentary is almost as ridiculous as Jonathan Davies fumbling over Imanol Harinordoquy's surname.

Also, the Inside Shoulder, since we're talking aboutCaada here, shouldn't it be a "CFL-style block"? Just sayin'...

I think for the good of rugby in this country, we ought to hire some Aussie, NZ, or Welsh expats as commentators - it just sounds a bit unnatural (like hearing American commentators for soccer matches, too). Or, for crying out loud, some guys who actually watch some fucking rugby.

Tough luck, Canucks. At least you're still better ranked than the US side...for now.

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Anonymous June 25, 2010 10:46 am

shows why abendonan is not an internatql fullbakc, players such as Morgan or Foden are far better (they can actually tackle).

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Sam June 25, 2010 1:22 pm

@Fry the CFL things is hilarious
@everyone whining about obstruction the supporting player is allowed to keep his line, it is up to the defending player to get around him is he's been beaten. you can clearly see the support runner doesn't change his line in the least.

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Anonymous June 25, 2010 7:08 pm

That was worth watching just to see Vandell kick the ball in to the hands of the Canadian

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Anonymous June 25, 2010 11:25 pm

Yes, apologies for the commentary...we have very little televised rugby in the USA. We DO have decent commentators, seriously, former US club players, coaches and some Euro ex-pats, but when a major network picks up a match I suppose they get to pick whoever they want to commentate...or attempt. The other guy in the background appeared to know rugby but didn't speak much.

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Anonymous June 26, 2010 12:25 am

Lol, gotta agree with whoever it was, watching varndell chip it into canadians hands and get flattened..

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Chris_J June 28, 2010 7:09 am

The commentary reminds me of a story my friend told me. He was living in France for a year and was watching the Super Bowl. The French commentators brought in a Jiu Jitsu medalist as a commentator (for reasons unknown). During the game the half back made 1 or 2 yards for a first down and the commentators said something to the effect of "Oh that wasn't too good. I don't think he'll be happy with that." haha. Still though happy to see Canada in a final

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Anonymous June 30, 2010 7:46 am

the commentary is disgusting.
angry canadians at the end..

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Anonymous July 02, 2010 7:12 pm

I never heard any of this comentary cause I HAD SETANTA SPORTS BITCHES HAHA!

and i mean come on why does everybody gotta hate on the comentary because i bet he was just trying to break it down for all the people out there who wasnt familiar with rugby to begin with

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