Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Blows Early Lead, Falls to Uruguay in Rugby World Cup Qualifying

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Blows Early Lead, Falls to Uruguay in Rugby World Cup Qualifying

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Canada falls to Uruguay in Rugby WC qualifying


VANCOUVER - Head coach Kingsley Jones believes he knows the answers to what Canada must do to beat Uruguay in a crucial Rugby World Cup qualifying match.

The question is if a week is enough time for the Canadian team to regroup and learn the lessons from a 38-29 defeat in Saturday's first game of the two-leg series.

"We've got not a lot of time to spend on the rugby field practising, but there are certainly a lot of things we have to improve," Jones said after the loss before an announced attendance of 16,132 at BC Place Stadium.

"There are positives to build on. We have to win by 10 points next week. Can Canada win by 10 points away from home? We haven't done it for a while, but we need to go and do it."

The teams play again Saturday in Montevideo. The winner of the two-game aggregate series advances to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Veteran lock Evan Olmstead knows it's going to be an uphill battled but believes it's a fight Canada can win.

"I'm confident we can make it up," said Olmstead, who scored his second career try in the loss. "You see the quality of players we have, but we just have to make sure we all play properly, we stick to the script, do what we're supposed to do.

"It's easy to try and rely on a big name to just get us over the line but we've got to actually pull together and do things as a team and not just as bunch of individuals."

Canada gave up a try in the first minute of play but battled back for a 10-point lead early in the first half.

The Uruguayans refused to quit and stormed back to lead 21-17 at half time.

Even when they trailed, Uruguayan captain Juan Manuel Gaminara said his team didn't panic.

"When we were attacking we really generated some issues in their defence," he said.

Jones was frustrated with breakdowns on Canada's defence which cost his teams points. …

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