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11.09.2019 13:05
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OTTAWA -- The Canadian mens rugby coach says his players are still learning how to win. They passed a pretty big test Wednesday night. Canada played an inspired second half then dug in its heels to prevent a late comeback in a 20-18 win over Fiji in Pacific Nations Cup play. It was Canadas first win over Fiji since 1995, and the first ever on Canadian soil. "Its about learning how to win," said Canada head coach Kieran Crowley. "A few years ago we might have lost that one because maybe we didnt have the physical fitness or physicality that the others had, but we certainly ground it out today and learning how to win is a big thing." With so few opportunities to compete in front of its fans, Canada was determined to give the home crowd something to cheer about. The Canadians didnt disappoint. Fiji appeared to have the physical advantage entering the game, but Canada managed to match their size and strength right from the start. "We stuck to the game plan, we focused early that we were going to cut them low and if you dont have your legs underneath you then even the biggest guys come down," said Canadas Aaron Carpenter. "We stuck to it and they only made a couple breaks off our silly mistakes, but other than that we stuck to it the whole game and it paid off." Canada was solid from start to finish, but their best effort came in the second half. Canada trailed 11-10 heading into halftime, but quickly regained momentum after scoring in the opening minutes of the second half. Connor Braid punted the ball into the try zone and Harry Jones rushed in and claimed the ball to score five points. The Canadians appeared poised to take complete control of the game after Taylor Paris ran the length of the field, but a last second change of direction in his trajectory led to Canada being called for a forward pass. Ray Barkwill made no mistake minutes later, running into the try zone after some great passing to give Canada a 20-11 lead. It proved to be the winning play of the game. "It was good," Crowley said. "The boys dug deep. The guys went 80 minutes and thats what it takes to gut it out in the end." The Fijians made it close, mounting a late rush to win the game. With Canada leading 20-11 Qera Akapusi punched his way across the try line and Jiuta Lutumailagi scored on the conversion to make it 20-18. But Canada managed to hold on for the win to the delight of the 4,548 on hand. Fiji head coach Inoke Male admitted fatigue may have been a factor in his teams play. Fiji played in Japan over the weekend and crossed 16 time zones before arriving in Canada. "We were maybe a little jet-lagged, but its no excuse," Male said. "Its about international rugby and we praise Canada and they played really well." Due to their extended travel Male said they also had little time to prepare for Canada and its style of play. "We didnt have good preparation when we came here," Male said. "Its time for us to go back to the blackboard and see what went wrong." After a number of close chances Canada opened the scoring early in the first half as Carpenter clawed his way across the try zone. Braid was successful on the conversion kick giving Canada a 7-0 lead. Scoring first was crucial for Canada as it got the home crowd into the game. "As you could hear they were the 16th man and they gave us that extra little push," Carpenter said. "Its always good to win on home soil." Minutes later Fijis Nadola Nemani managed to weave his way through traffic and found an open lane on the outside to run into the try zone. Koroilagilagi Setarekis conversion attempt went just wide making it 7-5. The two teams then went on to exchange penalties. The Fijians took their first lead of the game as Setareki converted his first penalty kick. Braid split the uprights to reclaim the lead, however it was short lived as Canada took another penalty and Setareki made the most of his opportunity giving Fiji an 11-10 halftime lead. Canadas Phil Mack was named the man of the match. The Canadians will now return to Kingston, Ont., where they have been training since late May, to face Tonga on Saturday. After a non-tournament match against Ireland in Toronto on June 15, they will make the trip to Japan to wrap-up Pacific Nations Cup play on June 19. Crowley has enjoyed having an opportunity to play in Canada and expects it to pay dividends down the road. "I think its massive and the fact we could get the win was the icing on the cake for our group," said Crowley. "Its about exposing the game and growing the game and these sorts of game are massive." Fiji will next play against the U.S. June 19 and against Tonga June 23. Both games will be in Japan. While claiming the Pacific Nations Cup would be nice, Rugby Canada has set its sights on a two-game, total-point series against the U.S. in August. The series winner will clinch a spot in the 2015 World Cup in England, while the loser will be forced into a secondary qualifying process. Fiji is now 1-1 in Cup play, while the Canadians are 2-0. Saquon Barkley Youth Jersey . -- Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was selected Monday to his second straight Pro Bowl, while guard Kyle Long made it after a solid rookie season. Harry Carson Womens Jersey . -- Edmontons Val Sweeting is two wins away from a trip to Winnipeg to play in Canadas Road of the Rings in December. . Hazard cut in from the left and scored with a swerving right-footed shot for ninth goal of the season, which proved to be enough for the victory despite Chelseas forwards again lacking a cutting edge up front. Michael Strahan Jersey . Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee? Green had bounced around the NBA when he wasnt playing overseas. The Pacers gave up on Plumlee after just one season. Now Green and Plumlee are key cogs in the Suns surprising breakout season. Phil Simms Youth Jersey . Ferrer, trying to win his fourth title on Mexican soil, will next play South Africas Kevin Anderson, who eliminated American Sam Querrey,7-6 (2), 6-4. Also Wednesday, Gilles Simon (6) of France beat Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 6-3, Ukraines Alexandr Dolgopolov downed Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-4 and Croatias Ivo Karlovic defeated Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (4), 6-2. TORONTO -- Kyrie Irving cemented himself as a go-to late-game shooter in last years NBA Finals.On Friday night, he picked up where he left off.Irving scored 26 points and hit a go-ahead 3 with 44.3 seconds remaining, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers over the DeMar DeRozan and Toronto Raptors 94-91 in a rematch of last seasons Eastern Conference finals.Irving made a tiebreaking 3 with 53 seconds left in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, helping Cleveland win its first title with a historic comeback from a 3-1 series deficit.Fridays make helped Cleveland survive a 32-point effort from DeRozan. Irving was 5 for 9 from beyond the arc and dismissed comparisons from reporters to his winning 3 in the Finals.No, its just Game 2 of a new season, he said. Im glad we went through a close game with a great team like that though. It shows a lot of growth on our end as a team.LeBron James had 21 points and Kevin Love chipped in 18 with 10 rebounds to keep the Cavaliers perfect two games into their title defense.Cleveland led almost from the opening tip until Kyle Lowry put the Raptors in front with 2:37 to play. But Toronto missed its last five shot attempts in the final minute, with Clevelands defense holding Toronto to .389 shooting from the field. The Cavaliers were a perfect 17-0 last year when they held opponents under 40 percent shooting.I think it was a good test for us, James said. Its fun to have games like that throughout the regular season, it sharpens your sword.The Raptors were unable to capitalize on another strong effort from Jonas Valanciunas, who had 10 points and 17 rebounds, and DeRozan, who followed up a 40-point performance in a season-opening win over Detroit.DeRozans combined 72 points bested Vince Carters team record of 65 for the most points through the first two games of a season, set in the 2003-04 season.However, DeRozan was conncerned with the second quarter, where Toronto allowed Cleveland to go on a 12-2 run that opened the game up.ddddddddddddThey caught a rhythm, we turned the ball over and they took advantage of it, he said. Since then we were always fighting.TIP INSCavaliers: With seven baskets, James moved past Patrick Ewing (9,702) for 15th career in field goals made. ... With a first-quarter 3-pointer, Irving moved past Wesley Person (550) for sole possession of fourth place in 3-pointers made in franchise history. ... F Channing Frye did not travel with the team after his mother passed away following a long battle with cancer. Frye is on indefinite leave and will not play in Saturdays game against Orlando. He had kept his mothers illness from the team until this week. For him to internalize it this whole time without saying anything to anyone is tough, said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, whose own mother and grandmother are battling cancer.Raptors: C Lucas Nogueira (ankle) sat out his second consecutive game with a sprain. ... Toronto won the regular season series against the Cavaliers last year, taking three out of four games.SHARP SHOOTERFresh off leading local Major League Soccer team Toronto FC to its first-ever playoff win Sunday over Philadelphia Union, U.S. national team striker Jozy Altidore was in attendance Friday. TFC continues its postseason run against New York City FC on Sunday.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host Orlando on Saturday hoping to extend their 14-game winning streak against the Magic. Orlando last beat Cleveland on Nov. 23, 2012.Raptors: Host Denver on Monday to conclude season-opening three-game home stand with their first game against a Western Conference opponent. Toronto was 17-13 against the West last season. ' ' '

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