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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 September 2007, 11:14 GMT 12:14 UK
Wales v Canada as it happened
Result: Wales 42-17 Canada

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By Phil Harlow

606: DEBATE

1450: "Can someone help? Is the game the All Blacks and Australia are playing actually the same as the one England and Wales are playing? Just that I cannot see much similarity...."
the_2nd_coming on 606

1442: "As a James Hook fan, I have to say he was awful today.

"Stephen Jones made a big difference coming on and showed far more invention and agression. I think he's sealed the fly-half job now.
4thecaptain on 606

80 mins: Wales finish on the attack, but the final pass to Mark Jones goes forward. The final whistle goes and Wales have got the win and the bonus point, but they have left themselves plenty of room for improvement, to put it mildly.

77 mins: "Welcome back Stephen Jones, you have been missed, boyo!"
Anon via text

76 mins: Canada have another tilt at the Welsh line through their forwards, driving themselves to tremendous efforts but again it eventually ends with a turnover.

72 mins: Canada are finishing with a flourish, pounding the Welsh line through the forwards again but this time Wales hold them out. Canada get a 5m scrum but Wales attack it and win one against the head.

68 mins: TRY Wales 42-17 Canada
It's all Wales now, and it's a shame in a way because Canada's brave performance does not deserve to have a heavy scoreline against them.

A top-class break from Stephen Jones creates the space and he draws the last man before giving the ball to replacement Colin Charvis who scores.

Stephen Jones kicks another conversion. The Welsh fan sitting next to me is suddenly very cocky indeed, in marked contrast to his mood about 20 minutes ago.

62 mins: TRY Wales 35-17 Canada
Tom Shanklin is having an absolute blinder in the second half, breaking straight through from his own half before linking up with Gareth Thomas.

The rapidly tiring Canadians are struggling to compete physically now, and when the ball is moved right they have six or seven potential try-scorers. Shane Williams is first in the queue and he scores with an extravagent dive.

Stephen Jones, who has made a real difference since coming on, kicks the extras.

60 mins: TRY Wales 28-17 Canada
Take a deep breath, Wales fans, you should be OK now. Shane Williams gets on the end of a massive overlap on the right touchline to extend his side's lead.

The conversion goes astray though to give Canada some hope if they can get their hands on the ball.

57 mins: TRY Wales 23-17 Canada
Canada are starting to run out of steam, and they hand the lead back to Wales with a suicidal few seconds.

Ander Munro drops the ball under his posts, and then it's pinball as various players take a hack at the bouncing ball. It ends up in Alun Wyn Jones's hands and the big lock powers over from close range.

Stephen Jones kicks the conversion.

55 mins: In football parlance, this is real end-to-end stuff at the moment. A great kick by Stephen Jones is brilliantly run back down the touchline by Morgan Williams to launch a Canada counter.

The move ends in the shadow of the Welsh posts, but Wales turn the ball over and Shane Williams races 60m after being presented with a mismatch against a prop. With one man to beat he tries to pass to Gareth Thomas but fumbles the ball in schoolboy fashion.

52 mins: TRY Wales 16-17 Canada
Some relief for Wales as their relentless battering of the Canadian line finally ends with Sonny Parker taking a scissors pass off Stephen Jones and crossing next to the posts.

Stephen Jones kicks the conversion to bring the gap down to a single point.

50 mins: Wales are fighting back hard, with Stephen Jones showing up well. He drives straight for the line - after a classy break by Tom Shanklin breaches the Canadian defence - but is held up over the line.

48 mins: A big substitution as Stephen Jones and Gareth Thomas come on for James Hook and Kevin Morgan. This needs to work for Wales.

44 mins: TRY Wales 9-17 Canada
This is turning into an absolute disaster for Wales. Canada captain Morgan Williams dives over the try-line from point-blank range after umpteen drives from his forwards create the position.

James Pritchard misses with the conversion, but Wales are still more than one score behind.

42 mins: An encouraging start to the half as Wales find a few gaps. Hooker Matthew Rees bursts towards the line near the Canada posts but can't free his hands to find the offload to the supporting Ian Gough.

Two phases later, Kevin Morgan is pinged for holding on and the chance is gone.

41 mins: Canada get the second half under way, and this is a vital 40 minutes for Wales.

1352: "I think the writing is on the wall and it reads Jenkins go home! We're getting stomped all over by the Canadians and unless we can do something straight from the restart our fragile morale will collapse."
Clarxpi on 606

1350: "I was sat right six feet away from Gareth Jenkins before they went down the tunnel, and he wasn't looking too happy. Lots of shaking of his grizzled chops."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce in Nantes

40 mins: The half-time whistle goes and Wales are in serious trouble. Coach Gareth Jenkins has a right old job on his hands in the next 15 minutes or so.

38 mins: "Joy unconfined among the locals at that Canadian try - it must be the Quebec connection."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce in Nantes

36 mins: TRY Wales 9-12 Canada
Dear, oh dear. Wales are in trouble here.

Wales look to be on the verge of scoring after some lovely interpassing and a strong run from Tom Shanklin. But a speculative flat pass from James Hook is plucked out of the air by Canada centre Craig Culpan who races fully 80m to score.

Culpan is certainly not the fastest centre in world rugby but he has just enough speed to get home in front of the chasing cover. All the Canadian substitutes are warming-up behind the posts and they go absolutely mental.

To rub salt into the wound, James Pritchard kicks the tricky conversion.

34 mins: Nevermind bonus points and all that - Wales have got a real job on their hands to win this match.

A quick tap from Canada scrum-half Morgan Williams almost catches Wales out, with only a great tackle from Ian Gough saving his side.

30 mins: Wales are trying to force things in the backline and it just isn't happening for them. Canada are awkward in defence and the slickness is missing in the Wales passing to makes their class tell.

27 mins: Wales get very lucky as Dth van der Merwe just fails to hold onto the ball after partially intercepting a careless pass from Sonny Parker. If the ball had stuck, the winger would have been in under the posts.

24 mins: TRY Wales 9-5 Canada
Canada have selected a massive pack and it pays dividends as they score the first try of the game after a series of powerful driving mauls in the Welsh 22.

To Be honest, you can't tell who scored it - it's one of those ones. My money would be on flanker Dave Biddle, but we'll see if we can nail that down for you. James Pritchard misses with his conversion attempt.

20 mins: PEN Wales 9-0 Canada
A beautiful kick from inside his own half from James Hook extends Wales's lead.

There are the first signs of some frustration from Wales's players at Canada's tactics with Alix Popham getting involved in a confrontation with Canada open-side flanker Dave Biddle.

18 mins: Dwayne Peel is doing his best to inject some pace into proceedings, but Wales are not really flowing as yet. It's a fairly stodgy performance thus far, not helped by continual Canadian interventions at the breakdown.

14 mins: PEN Wales 6-0 Canada
James Hook is kicking well, and he punishes another Canada indiscretion with a well-struck penalty.

11 mins: A moment of inspiration from Shane Williams creates something out of nothing for Wales. The winger calls a mark and then takes a quick tap to himself before flinging a perfect long pass out to the unmarked Kevin Morgan, despite the presence of numerous bodies around him.

Morgan makes great ground but at the next phase a dreadful pass to Dwayne Peel stops the move in its tracks and leads to a turnover.

9 mins: PEN Wales 3-0 Canada
Fortunately for Wales, James Hook soon gets another chance when Jamie Cudmore infringes in front of the posts, and this time the fly-half makes no mistake.

7 mins: Wales have the chance to settle a few nerves when Canada's Jon Thiel is pinged for offside at the breakdown but James Hook's kick at goal bounces off the post.

5 mins: "Every Frenchman in the stadium - and there are a lot of them - is cheering the Canadians. Vive le underdog..."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce in Nantes

3 mins: Canada are making a ferocious start, and go desperately close to taking the lead when Ander Monro's drop-goal curls two inches wide of the upright.

Meanwhile, the splendidly named Dth van der Merwe makes a thumping tackle on Alun Wyn Jones. Wales look a little diffident so far.

1 min: An error-strewn start from both teams - missed touches and aimless kicking being the order of the day so far. James Hook overcooks a punt down the middle and we start again with a scrum on halfway. Let's start again and pretend that never happened.

1257: The minute's silence for Sir Tasker Watkins VC, the former president of the Welsh Rugby Union, is immaculately observed before both teams get stuck into their national anthems.

1255: "Huge roars as Dwayne Peel leads out Wales. Thousands of flags being waved frantically in the stands."
BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce in Nantes

1254: The teams walk out at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes, with the Welsh boys decked out in skin-tight grey tops. To be honest, they look more likely to be racing a triathlon or taking on a stage of the Tour de France.

1247: Canada coach Ric Suggitt is talking in terms of Muhammad Ali and George Foreman's legendary "Rumble in the Jungle".

Ali, of course, famously adopted the "rope-a-dope" tactics to upset the odds and regain the world heavyweight title. I'm not quite sure how that translates to the rugby arena, but maybe we're about to find out...

1235: Unlike most of the other top-tier nations, Wales have opted not to start with their first-choice XV, with the likes of Gareth Thomas left on the bench. Could they live to regret that decision?

1226 BST: Wales will wear black armbands in memory of Sir Tasker Watkins VC, the former president of the Welsh Rugby Union, who has died aged 88.

1220 BST: Wales will face some familiar faces when they get their World Cup campaign under way against Canada in Nantes at 1300 BST.

Canada's Mike James, Jamie Cudmore, Rod Snow and Jon Thiel have all played club rugby in Wales and Snow says he has "a lot of close friends" in the Wales team.

Dwayne Peel captains Wales for the first time and James Hook is handed the chance to impress at fly-half, while Stephen Jones and Gareth Thomas are both on the bench.

The Dragons should win comfortably but they have not impressed in the build-up to the tournament and Canada have a powerful pack - could they pose a few problems?

In the days before professionalism they even managed to beat the Welsh 26-24 at the old Arms Park, but a repeat is surely not on the cards in at the Stade de la Beaujoire?


Wales: Morgan; M Jones, Shanklin, Parker, S Williams; Hook, Peel (capt); G Jenkins, M Rees, A Jones, Gough, AW Jones, J Thomas, M Williams, Popham.
Replacements: T Rhys Thomas, D Jones, Owen, Charvis, Phillips, S Jones, G Thomas. Canada: Pyke; Van der Merwe, Culpan, Spicer, Pritchard; Monro, Williams (capt); Snow, Riordan, Thiel, Tait, James, Cudmore, Biddle, Stephen.
Replacements: Carpenter, D Pletch, M Pletch, Burak, Yukes, Fairhurst, Smith.


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