Defeat hurts in-form Van der Merwe

Date published: September 26 2015

Canada wing DTH van der Merwe was disappointed to come so close and not see reward for their efforts as they lost 23-18 to Italy on Saturday.

In an entertaining Rugby World Cup match, the Canadians picked up a losing bonus-point but came close to claiming three more at Elland Road in Leeds.

After the loss which saw Van der Merwe and Matt Evans score tries to Italy's two from Michele Rizzo and Gonzalo Garcia, the left wing was visibly frustrated.

"We put in a hell of an effort and the boys are sore. We came close, the game was there for the taking but we made some key decisions that resulted in us not winning, making poor passes and not taking extra rucks," said Van der Merwe.

On whether he regretted Canada opting to kick at goal rather than go for a try with ten minutes remaining, he added: "We back our captain 100 per cent. If we had a different captain maybe we would have done something different."

Van der Merwe's first-half try was an outstanding score which saw him combine with centre Ciaran Hearn and he admitted it would live long in the memory.

"It was maybe one of the most special ones, doing it here on the world stage," he revealed.

"I listen to the World in Union song before each game and it brings a tear to my eye."