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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 October, 2003, 06:47 GMT 07:47 UK
Clockwatch: Canada 10-41 Wales

All the action from the Pool D match in Melbourne as centre Iestyn Harris inspires Wales to a fine opening win over Canada.

Latest action appears first - scroll down for earlier news.

Full-time: Canada 10-41 Wales

80 mins: Wales finish with a flourish as Sidoli steams through, flips the ball inside to replacement scrum-half Dwayne Peel, whose reverse flip pass sends Gareth Thomas over. Harris ends with a 100% kicking record with his fifth conversion.
Canada 10-41 Wales

77 mins: Harris spots Gareth Thomas loitering on his own on the far wing and attempts a cross-kick but Ryan Banks is up quickly to tackle the Wales player and disrupt the kick.

75 mins: Harris shows good strength to force his way down the right wing and Canada give away a penalty. Wales forgo the penalty kick and take the lineout, but Canada defend well.

71 mins: Canada gain some pride as replacement prop Kevin Tkachuk gets the vital touch down for a consolation try, Pritchard converting.
Canada 10-34 Wales

70 mins: Parker is sin-binned, rather harshly, for entering a ruck from the side - there's not been much killing of the ball - and Wales will play out the remainder of the match with 14 men.

67 mins: Dafydd Jones makes a great bullocking run and replacement centre Mark Taylor takes it on, but a Canadian hand gets in to knock the next pass away.

66 mins: The game has gone a bit scrappy as both sides lose their shape with all the substitutions and some sloppy handling errors start to creep in.

64 mins: Mark Jones runs strongly out of the Wales 22 and links well with Kevin Morgan, but Witkowski does well to rip the ball away from replacement Wales prop Adam Jones.

61 mins: Both sides throw on a swathe of fresh legs, with the most notable being Canada skipper Al Charron getting a well-earned rest as Jamie Cudmore, once of Llanelli, takes over in the back row.

58 mins: Flanker Dafydd Jones is just held up over the line but Charvis rips the ball clear and goes over for Wales' fourth try and that all-important bonus point. Harris is now six for six kicks.
Canada 3-34 Wales

54 mins: Harris times a pass to perfection to send Parker searing through a gap, Mark Jones comes in off his wing and takes the scoring pass to go in under the posts. Harris adds the extra two points on offer.
Canada 3-27 Wales

53 mins: First change for Wales as Robert Sidoli replaces Cockbain at lock.

51 mins: Sweeney tries a drop-goal from slow possession but it is charged down and Canada clear their lines.

47 mins: Wales are keeping it tight at the start of the second half, defending furiously around the edges of rucks and mauls and kicking for territory.

45 mins: The adventure comes to nothing as a terrific gang tackle by the Welsh forwards steals the ball.

44 mins: Sloppy ruck work by Wales gives Canada a penalty chance, but Ross opts bravely for a lineout instead of a shot at goal.

42 mins: Wales take a short lineout and Charvis punches into a hole, Wales recycle and only a good tackle by Winston Stanley on opposite number Gareth Thomas stops a Wale try.

41 mins: Brent Cockbain gathers the restart comfortably and Sweeney sends a safe kick back into Canadian territory.

Half-time: Canada 3-20 Wales

40 mins: One last dart from Wales wing Mark Jones, who chips and chases, is stopped by Canada scrum-half Morgan Williams and the half-time whistle goes.

38 mins: Shenanigans at the scrum as it collapses four times in a row. Referee White loses patience and awards Wales a free-kick.

35 mins: More adventure from Canada as full-back James Pritchard runs the ball out of his own 22, but a huge hit by Gareth Thomas on centre Marco di Girolamo stops the move.

33 mins: Canada try to hit back quickly after Charvis loses the ball in the tackle, Ross chips the ball but it reaches the sideline before Lougheed can gather it. Thiel back on having been bandaged.

32 mins: Wales wing Gareth Thomas is just stopped short of the line but scrum-half Gareth Cooper snipes over from the base of the ruck, with Harris keeping up his 100% kicking record.
Canada 3-20 Wales

30 mins: Early blood-bin replacement for Canada as loose-head prop Jon Thiel, another who has played his club rugby in Wales, goes off and Garth Cooke comes on.

29 mins: Another magnificent break by Harris sends Wales into Canada's 22 and only a fine tackle from wing Dave Lougheed prevents Sweeney from scoring a try.

27 mins: Crunching tackle by Wales hooker Robin McBryde forces Canada prop Rod Snow, who plays his club rugby in Wales at Newport with the Dragons. Canada infringe in desperation and Harris adds a second penalty.
Canada 3-13 Wales

24 mins: Canada gain some relief after Wales mess up a driving maul in the Maple Leaves' 22, but Ross' clearance kick is sliced and Wales gain possession again.

21 mins: Prop Gethin Jenkins makes a superb bust into the Canada 22, the ball is recycled but Parker spills the pass. However, Canada have strayed offside and Harris slots his first penalty.
Canada 3-10 Wales

18 mins: Charvis returns to the fray and Wales are back to full strength with no damage done.

16 mins: Sonny Parker scores in the left corner after an original break from Harris and Wales set up several rucks before Sweeney's intelligent pass sends his centre over. Harris slots a fine conversion.
Canada 3-7 Wales

14 mins: The Canada gameplan seems to be to put the high kick in and Kevin Morgan is struggling a touch as the Garryowens come down on his head.

13 mins: Canada earn their first kickable penalty chance but Ross slides it across the front of the posts.

10 mins: Let-off for Wales as Sweeney's attempted clearance is charged down, but Sonny Parker is alert to the danger and retrieves the loose ball.

8 mins: Colin Charvis is yellow-carded by referee Chris White for a late challenge on Canada full-back James Pritchard, after the Wales skipper attempts to charge down a kick.

7 mins: Early sparkle from Iestyn Harris as the former rugby league man steps inside Ross, Wales recycle and Kevin Morgan is hauled down on the sidelines as he receives the ball at pace.

6 mins: Wales get their hands on the ball properly for the first time and rumble up towards halfway with a good rolling maul, allowing Sweeney to thump a kick into Canadian territory.

3 mins: Canada earn good position from a line-out and Bob Ross, a former Cardiff fly-half, slots a drop-goal to give Canada an early lead.
Canada 3-0 Wales

2 mins: Late replacement Nick Witkowski breaks through the Welsh defence and is only just dragged down by Mark Jones, Canada recycle but then knock on.

1 min: Ceri Sweeney takes the kick-off after Wales win the toss but their forwards knock-on as they challenge for the high ball, with Canada winning a penalty from the scrum.

Kick-off 0905 BST: Canada are forced into a late change after centre John Cannon withdraws before kick-off because of gastro-enteritis.

Nikyta Witkowski of Montreal Wanderers replaces Cannon, who plays his club rugby for English Premiership side Rotherham.

Wales coach Steve Hansen opts for an expansive game by selecting Ceri Sweeney at fly-half instead of kicking maestro Stephen Jones, while Canada are bolstered by the return of skipper Al Charron following a knee injury.

Canada: J Pritchard, D Lougheed, N Witkowski, M di Girolamo, W Stanley; B Ross, M Williams, J Jackson, A van Staveren, A Charron (capt), M James, C Yukes, J Thiel, M Wilson, R Snow.

Replacements: A Abrams, K Tkachuk, G Cooke, J Cudmore, R Banks, E Fairhurst, R Smith.

Wales: K Morgan; G Thomas, S Parker, I Harris, M Jones; C Sweeney, G Cooper; D Jones, R McBryde, G Jenkins, B Cockbain, G Llewellyn, D Jones, M Williams, C Charvis (capt).

Replacements: H Bennett, A Jones, R Sidoli, J Thomas, D Peel, M Taylor, R Williams.

Referee: Chris White (England).

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