Barbaric loss for Canada in Rugby World Cup warmup
Winger Drew Mitchell scored two tries in his first international outing following a serious ankle injury to lead the Australian Barbarians 38-14 over Canada in a World Cup warmup at Gold Coast, Australia, on Friday.
Mitchell was playing his third match after suffering the injury in April. His first two matches were for Sydney club side, Randwick.
"It was good to get through it," Mitchell said. "The ankle has come through pretty well.
"I wouldn't say I'm right at my peak in terms of top-end speed. But it's getting closer each time I get out there."
Four other Wallabies recovering from injuries also played in the match — Berrick Barnes (concussion), Rob Horne (elbow), James Slipper (ankle) and Tatafu Polota-Nau (knee).
Flyhalf Barnes scored a try and kicked four goals and was also involved in an altercation with Canadian forward Jebb Sinclair.
Barbarians coach David Nucifora said the injured Wallabies played well.
"I thought that Tatafu and James Slipper, who have had long breaks like Drew, did very well," Nucifora said. "It was quite energy-sapping out there for the front-rowers."
Nathan Sharpe was captain of the Barbarians after being left out of Australia's side to contest the Tri-Nations final against New Zealand on Saturday in Brisbane.
Scrumhalf Nick Phipps played for 60 minutes in the place of the injured Matt Giteau, the player he also replaced in the World Cup squad. Centre Ben Tapuai, not named in Australia's 30-man squad for the World Cup, had a hand in the first three Barbarian tries and scored one of his own with two minutes left.
Horne, who also scored one of the Barbarian tries, was later named as a reserve for the Wallabies in Saturday's match.
He was rested in the second half on Friday.
Canada's last two matches were wins over the U.S.
The Canadians will play in Pool A with France, Japan, New Zealand and Tonga in next month's World Cup in New Zealand.
Barbarians: 38 (Drew Mitchell 2, Rob Horne, Berrick Barnes, Matt Hodgson, Ben Tapuai tries; Barnes 4 conversions)
Canada: 14 (D.T.H. van der Merwe, Phillip McKenzie tries; James Pritchard 2 conversions)