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Monday, June 10, 2013

Canada beat 14-man Tonga in eventful Pacific Nations Cup clash

A red card and two yellows didn't help Tonga's cause as Canada beat them 36-27 in Kingston in the Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday. James Pritchard scored a try and 18 points with the boot as Tonga's ill-discipline cost them.

Tonga scored three late tries to improve the look of the overall scoreline, but it was Canada that impressed as they took the Tongan physicality on the chin, and remain unbeaten in the tournament.

Tongan prop Eddie Aholelei was red carded for throwing a punch after a brawl had stopped, and two other players were yellow carded for shoulders or high tackles.

"Our discipline let us down today, we can’t afford to have men sent off and sin-binned; that's an area we’ve got to work on," said Tonga captain Nili Latu.

"We wanted this game so much and showed a lot of fight. There is a lot of belief and we still have two games left to play."

Canada can claim the Pacific Nations Cup title if they beat Japan on June 19th, four days after they play the touring Irish side in Toronto.

Posted by Rugbydump at 4:54 pm | View Comments (7)

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Ottawa Rugger June 11, 2013 3:01 am

Maybe I'm biased, being Canadian and all, but I really do think that there are several players in the Canada squad that would be world-class in their positions if we had a professional league or something to develop them to the same standard as in say SA, England, France, etc. I'm thinking Moonlight, Dala, Hirayama, Buydens, and Hearn to name but a few. We can only achieve so much with the status quo, what with limited opportunities to teach the game at young ages, and an apparent focus on getting players professional experience over in Europe. European leagues can only absorb a limited amount of our players, and besides that makes for headaches setting up a squad.

But who knows, maybe success in this tournament is the first steps towards setting up some kind of professional circuit here.

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Guest 1027364 June 11, 2013 6:18 pm

I agree that a pro league would make a huge difference to your game. Canada is a pretty good rugby nation without having very much emphasis put on the sport, if there was more encouragement to play and if there were professional games every week then I reckon Canada would be a team to watch improve in the future :)

(I'm Scottish so I'm not being biased)

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browner June 15, 2013 7:02 pm

That's outrageous........ admitting you're scottish without provocation !

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KingDong June 12, 2013 12:48 am

That's how the Irish soccer team has to operate. I feel, your pain.

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JK June 11, 2013 10:25 am

Tongan no. 1 completely lost the game for Tonga there. No need for that.

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JK June 11, 2013 10:44 am

For those who are interested, here is the punch that got Aholelei sent of:

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browner June 15, 2013 7:00 pm

Aholelei - what a cowardly cheap shot

I was actually wishing the Tongans to win...... only to send the Sweaty Socks down the rankings .... xx

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