A Huge Dose of Crow!
Well, the prognostications did not go too well and that’s to put it mildly! Tonga managed to get within five of Fiji in Suva, 23 – 18. Samoa managed to eke out a tie with Georgia, 19 – 19 at home, rather an upset from this writer’s pov. Argentina won but it was close and not the spread predicated, ARG 30 d. ITA 24. Biggest upset of the day was Ireland away, against RSA, 26 – 20 having to face a long period, some fifty odd minutes, shorthanded was another Irish miracle. Over to the Land of the Long White cloud where N.Z. came back with a scintillating second stanza to defeat Wales, 39 – 21. Thence, my beloved Wallabies who were more Wobbly on this day, with England winning 39 – 28 and Eddie Jones sticking in the needle that the home side’s chances in the second encounter would also be slim.
On the Island, heard tell a great day of rugby at Shawinigan when the school celebrated its 100th Anniversary with a match where the Derek Hyde-Lay XV was assembled to take on Emerging Canada. The rumour birds were out aplenty after the game which showed a 76 – 5 score line for the DHL XV. Ken Goodland was forced to add a number of late names to his line-up and his squad seemingly had not “seen each other”. Original starters were replaced, despite the pronouncement of the Head Coach, Anscombe late in the week; “It’s an important game for the emerging players of Canada to take this opportunity and put their hand up,” Anscombe said. “We’re always looking to grow our depth of players and this is another opportunity for players to show that they’re good enough to go to the next level.” No comment.
Josh Jackson, Nanaimo native son, Pacific Pride, CW and French pro league player, led the DHL XV, liberally sprinkled with CW players but topped with the likes of Connor Braid, George Barton and Clay Panga. CW was represented by Clay Thornber, arguably debated as MoM, Kelliher, Fraser, Ngongo, starting and Tieds, Manly, Allen and Thomas off the pines. Emerging Canada added Braddock and both Hortons in the late going. As stated – the match was no contest. The DHL XV was guided by gurus, Spenny Robinson and Lee Lindwall and managed by Hans and Hydes. No doubt, former foes and thence team mates, De Goede and Edwards discussed matters well into the night!
A great shout out to Canada’s NSMT Sevens who have left to give it their all at the Monaco Repecharge, with the winner taking the final spot at Rio. The word is, players are healthy and we note Ciaran Hearn has been added to the mix. Best of luck, guys.