Canada refuse to blame turnaround

Sun, 18 Sep 2011 00:00
Canada coach Kieran Crowley refused to blame his side's four-day turnaround for the 46-19 loss to France in their second World Cup match on Sunday.

Canada coach Kieran Crowley refused to blame his side's four-day turnaround for the 46-19 loss to France in their second World Cup match on Sunday.

The Canucks had to rebound quickly from their opening hard-hitting 25-20 win over Tonga on Wednesday, but Crowley said it was not an excuse they would be offering up.

"It is what it is," said Crowley, the former New Zealand selector and All Blacks fullback, instead pinpointing the lack of professional players and regular high-level competition as the reasons behind the defeat.

"We've done our prep and we have full confidence in the medical staff.

"We knew what it was going to be like when the draw came out. We busted backsides, but we're not putting it (the turnaround) out there as an excuse."

After holding France for the opening half-hour, Canada gifted three soft penalties in the run-in to half time and never quite recovered.

Two second half drop-goals by Ander Monro and a second penalty from James Pritchard kept the Canucks in the mix until fatigue took its toll, and finally yielded three tries in the closing quarter of an hour.

"It was very disappointing from our perspective," said Crowley. "We were nine points down at half time and lost 14 points in the last five minutes of the second half.

"We had reasonable patches but we can't afford to do that that at this level.

"We came here to win, not make up the numbers, and so we are very disappointed about that.

"We have people giving us pats on the back, but if you accept that you won't improve.

"The guys have played well but you're only as good as your last performance and our last performance was a loss."

Crowley added: "You can't question the emotion and commitment from our guys, but you can't just fall off in the last bit."

Captain and hooker Pat Riordan said the performance had given him heart.

"If nothing else we showed we can live with the top teams like that," he said.

"A lot of the guys are heartbroken. I think that shows the expectations we have for ourselves.

"A lot of people are making a big deal about the turnaround for the tier-two teams. We came with the attitude, 'Who says you can't play two games in four days'."

AFP

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 21 April 2018
Crusaders v Sunwolves 07h35 Christchurch
Reds v Chiefs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Bulls v Rebels 13h05 Loftus Versfeld
Leinster v Scarlets 14h30 Dublin
Sharks v Stormers 15h15 Durban
Zebre v Ospreys 16h45 Parma
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 17h05 Kingspan Stadium
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Sun, 22 April 2018
Brumbies v Jaguares 06h05 Canberra
Racing Metro v Munster 14h15 Paris
Fri, 27 April 2018
Munster v Ulster 22h00 Thomond Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 22h00 Sixways
Wasps v Northampton Saints 22h00 Ricoh Arena
London Irish v Saracens 22h00 Madejski Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 22h00 Welford Road
Gloucester v Bath 22h00 Kingsholm
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 22h00 Sandy Park
Kings v Cheetahs 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Treviso v Zebre 22h00 Stadio Monigo
Dragons v Scarlets 22h00 Rodney Parade
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 22h00 Cardiff Arms Park
Connacht v Leinster 22h00 Sportsground
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
WORLD CUP
MORE LOGS
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Australia 4 4 0 0 17
Wales 4 3 0 1 13
England 4 2 0 2 11
Fiji 4 1 0 3 5
Uruguay 4 0 0 4 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa 4 3 0 1 16
Scotland 4 3 0 1 14
Japan 4 3 0 1 12
Samoa 4 1 0 3 6
United States 4 0 0 4 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand 4 4 0 0 19
Argentina 4 3 0 1 15
Georgia 4 2 0 2 8
Tonga 4 1 0 3 6
Namibia 4 0 0 4 1
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
Ireland 4 4 0 0 18
France 4 3 0 1 14
Italy 4 2 0 2 10
Romania 4 1 0 3 4
Canada 4 0 0 4 2
RELATED ARTICLES