Canada lineup against Argentina on Saturday

Canada lineup against Argentina on Saturday

Post by Bryan R » Fri, 21 Aug 1998 04:00:00


Here it is:

1   Eddie Evans (IBM)
2   Pat Dunkley (James Bay)
3   Richard Bice (Agen)
4   John Tait (Cardiff)
5   Mike James (Perpignan)
6   Al Charron (Bristol)
7   John Hutchinson (Suntory)
8   Mike Schmid (Rotherham)
9   John Graf (Bridgend)
10 Gareth Rees (c) (Wasps)
11 David Lougheed (Leicester)
12 Scott Bryan (Balmy Beach)
13 Jason Hall (Nottingham)
14 Winston Stanley (Blackheath)
15 Scott Stewart (Harlequins)

replacements yet to be named

First thing that sticks out like a sore thumb: where is Rod Snow?????
Answer: he pulled a back muscle against the Eagles on Tuesday, and is
in doubt to even make the bench for Saturday. This is a massive blow
to the Maple Leaf front row, as they take on the world class Puma
front row without their best scrummager, and a bigger option for the
*** position than Pat Dunkley. Previously I had predicted that
Canada would beat the Pumas by a penalty kick, but the loss of Snow is
one that, I think, will make the difference this weekend. Eddie Evans
is as experienced as it comes, but his age and lack of fitness doesn't
inspire a lot of confidence. There has been some question as to
whether Richard Bice, at 190cm, can get enough leverage against the
Argentineans, but his likely opposite number, Castres' Mauricio
Reggiardo, is also 190cm and only outweighs him by 3kg. I'm sure Bice
has come accross Reggiardo before in the French premier league as
well, so Bice shouldn't be the concern in the front row, it should be
Evans, who is going up against the ACT's super 12 prop Omar Hasan.
Then you bring into account Mendez against Dunkley, and you see how
much Snow's absence hurts. I'd prefer to see Harry Toews in there at
loosehead rather than Evans, but this is what we've been given, and I
sincerely hope Evans and Dunkley have the game of their lives and
prove me wrong.
        The rest of the team pretty much picks itself. Danny Baugh put
a lot of pressure on for the openside flank, but Canada will need all
the beef it can get to help out the front row, so sticking with Big Al
and Hutch with Schmid is a good plan, at least to start with. I hope
Baugh makes an appearance at some point though, to show those big Puma
forwards that you don't have to be 115kg to make a big hit.
        Bryan and Hall was probably a tough decision as well, but
their defensive consistency is needed more than the flair of Nichols
and Robertson, though both have performed very well thus far in their
brief international careers. Winston Stanley is in over Courtney
Smith, another tough pick, but on form, Stanley gets the slight edge,
and is a little better on defense. Scott Stewart brings stability to
the fullback position, though I thought that Bob Ross deserved a look
there, given his form for both club and country, but I can't argue
with Stewart's selection. The rest: Tait, James, Graf, Rees and
Lougheed are automatic selections. The bench, should Snow not recover
in time, should be:

16 Courtney Smith
17 Bob Ross
18 Julian Loveday
19 Danny Baugh
20 Ian Gordon
21 Harry Toews
22 Adam Marshall

Joe Pagano might be there instead of Smith, or Parfrey might opt to go
with another prop in Jon Thiel instead. Gordon is picked on form,
bumping Tony Healy, though I'd prefer to see Healy on the bench, but
again, I can't argue with Gordon there either. Baugh must be there.

Good luck to all the boys, I'm sure Gareth and co. will get them
pumped up with Canadian pride, and Pat will probably throw in his two
cents as well. Don't worry guys. It's only the most important game of
your careers up to this point. It's the difference between
quarterfinal aspirations and an early second-in-pool exit. Play with
pride and play with passion. The future is now.

Bryan Ray

 
 
 

Canada lineup against Argentina on Saturday

Post by J Lemoin » Fri, 21 Aug 1998 04:00:00

Snow is a devistating loss, but we must deal with what we got.
Another concern is Rees has a wrist injury, and he is not just a kicker,
lets hope he has good hands saturday.

I agree with the line out, but I would like to see Robertson on the bench as
a potential offensive weapon if needed.  I think Pagano should be available
if Stewart does  not prove to be quick enough.

Quote:

>Here it is:

>1   Eddie Evans (IBM)
>2   Pat Dunkley (James Bay)
>3   Richard Bice (Agen)
>4   John Tait (Cardiff)
>5   Mike James (Perpignan)
>6   Al Charron (Bristol)
>7   John Hutchinson (Suntory)
>8   Mike Schmid (Rotherham)
>9   John Graf (Bridgend)
>10 Gareth Rees (c) (Wasps)
>11 David Lougheed (Leicester)
>12 Scott Bryan (Balmy Beach)
>13 Jason Hall (Nottingham)
>14 Winston Stanley (Blackheath)
>15 Scott Stewart (Harlequins)

>replacements yet to be named

>>The bench, should Snow not recover
>in time, should be:

>16 Courtney Smith
>17 Bob Ross
>18 Julian Loveday
>19 Danny Baugh
>20 Ian Gordon
>21 Harry Toews
>22 Adam Marshall

>Bryan Ray


 
 
 

Canada lineup against Argentina on Saturday

Post by Bryan M. Case » Sun, 23 Aug 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> Here it is:

> 1   Eddie Evans (IBM)
> 2   Pat Dunkley (James Bay)
> 3   Richard Bice (Agen)
> 4   John Tait (Cardiff)
> 5   Mike James (Perpignan)
> 6   Al Charron (Bristol)
> 7   John Hutchinson (Suntory)
> 8   Mike Schmid (Rotherham)
> 9   John Graf (Bridgend)
> 10 Gareth Rees (c) (Wasps)
> 11 David Lougheed (Leicester)
> 12 Scott Bryan (Balmy Beach)
> 13 Jason Hall (Nottingham)
> 14 Winston Stanley (Blackheath)
> 15 Scott Stewart (Harlequins)

<all snipped>

Well today is the day.  Good luck to Canada.  I still believe we can
win.

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