Americas Rugby Championship: Canada earns 2nd win

Canada's men's squad collected its second win of the 2016 Americas Rugby Championship with a 52-25 victory over Brazil on Saturday.

Clay Panga, Lucas Rumball each score pair of tries

Ray Barkwill escapes the grasp of Brazilian Lucas Muller and scores for Canada at the Americas Rugby Championship at Westhills Stadium in Langford B.C. on Saturday. (Kevin Light Photography)

Canada's men's squad collected its second win of the 2016 Americas Rugby Championship with a 52-25 victory over Brazil on Saturday in Langford, B.C.

Clay Panga and Lucas Rumball ran in two tries apiece for Canada while Michael Hamson, Paul Ciulini and captain Ray Barkwill also touched down. Andrew Ferguson kicked 13 points.

"To get one try was amazing but to get two was just a bonus," Panga said. "It was an unreal feeling. It's a great testament to how hard the boys worked."

The Canadian side built up a 31-13 lead at the break. Brazil scored an early try in the second half but Panga went over for his second try of the game.

Brazil added a late consolation try before Ciulini and Hamson each grabbed their first test tries in the final five minutes, with Brock Staller adding both conversions.

"We have to give credit to the forwards," Canadian attack coach Graeme Moffat said. "They took it to Brazil and scored all seven tries. That will definitely rile the backs up and will hopefully make training interesting next week."

Canada exploded for four tries in the first half. Rumball grabbed the first test try of his career when he crashed over after collecting the ball at the back of the breakdown.

Brazil got on the board in the ninth minute as centre Moises Duque kicked a penalty before Panga notched his first test try in the 12th minute, with Ferguson converting for a 14-3 lead.

Brazil grabbed its first try of the night soon after, but Barkwill overlapped on the wing before swan diving in for just his second test try in his 29th game to give Canada a 22-13 advantage.

Canada would bundle over one last time in the opening 40 as Rumball drove over from the breakdown for his second try of the night.

The Canadians will head to South America for the final two games of their ARC campaign and will first face Argentina XV next week before concluding against Chile on March 5. Canada opened with a 33-17 win over Uruguay on home soil before a narrow 30-22 loss to the United States in Texas last weekend.

"The coaches have put an emphasis on not losing at home," Panga said. "To be able to come out here and perform in front of our home crowd is just the icing on the cake. Now we have to take that on the road."


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