Six-try Canada thrash Russia

Date published: June 19 2016

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Canada returned to the victory trail when they claimed a deserved 46-21 win over Russia in Calgary on Saturday.

The Canucks, who lost narrowly against Japan last weekend, outscored their visitors six tries to three with Gordon McRorie leading the way with a 26 point haul via a brace of tries, five conversions and two penalties.

Russia battled throughout and couldn't match the pace and intensity of the home side who went into this clash ranked one place higher than them, in 18th place, on the World Rugby rankings.

Canada made the brighter start and raced into a 19-0 lead inside the opening quarter after McRorie, Taylor Paris and Matt Evans crossed for tries.

They continued to dominate and in the 24th minute Pat Parfrey scored their fourth try after gathering a skip pass from Evans.

To their credit, Russia ddin't surrender and in the 31st minute front-row Innokentiy Zykov barged over for their opening try which Yury Kushnarev converted to cut the lead to 26-7 at half-time.

A McRorie penalty in the 43rd minute made it 29-7 and shortly afterwards he combined with Djustice Sears-Duru before dotting down under the posts to give the Canucks a commanding 36-7 lead.

Midway through the half, Jordan Wilson-Ross sealed victory when he crossed for Canada'a sixth try and although Russia added some respectability to the score with two consolation tries from Evgeny Elgin and Evgeny Matveev, McRorie slotted a late penalty to add the final nail in the visitors' coffin.

The scorers:

For Canada:
Tries:
McRorie 2, Paris, Evans, Parfrey, Wilson-Ross
Cons: McRorie 5
Pens: McRorie 2

For Russia:
Tries:
Zykov, Elvin, Matveev
Cons: Kushnarev 3

Canada: 15 Matt Evans, 14 Dan Moor, 13 Mozac Samson, 12 Nick Blevins, 11 Taylor Paris, 10 Pat Parfrey, 9 Gordon McRorie, 8 Aaron Carpenter, 7 Lucas Rumball, 6 Kyle Baillie, 5 Evan Olmstead, 4 Jamie Cudmore (c), 3 Jake Ilnicki, 2 Ray Barkwill, 1 Djustice Sears-Duru
Replacements: 16 Eric Howard, 17 Tom Dolezel, 18 Matt Tierney, 19 Cam Pierce, 20 Alistair Clark, 21 Jamie Mackenzie, 22 Liam Underwood, 23 Jordan Wilson-Ross

Russia: 15 Artemyev Vasily (c), 14 Uzunov Konstantin, 13 Gerasimov Dmitry, 12 Rudenko Vladimir, 11 Kolomiytsev Evgeny, 10 Kushnarev Yury, 9 Shcherban Alexey, 8 Rudoi Anton, 7 Temnov Andrey, 6 Gresev Viktor, 5 Antonov Denis, 4 Garbuzov Andrei, 3 Zykov Innokentiy, 2 Gasanov Nazir, 1 Bitiev Azamat
Replacements: 16 Matveev Evgeny 17 Volkov Alexey 18 Podrezov Vladimir 19 Elgin Evgeny 20 Butenko Pavel 21 Iagudin Rushan 22 Ianiushkin Sergei 23 Ryabov Anton

Referee: Shuhei Kubo (Japan)

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