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Saturday, 16 November, 2002, 18:16 GMT
Quinnell gets winning send-off
Wales 32-21 Canada
Wales ensured Scott Quinnell retired from international rugby on a winning note - but it certainly was not pretty against an organised Canada side.
Steve Hansen's men outscored the visitors by two tries to none as hooker Robin McBryde and centre Jamie Robinson crossed at crucial stages in the match.
But Canada fly-half Jared Barker kept his side in contention throughout with six penalties.
The Welsh play was as patchy as the Millennium Stadium pitch, and it was certainly not the display they would have hoped for after last week's convincing win over Fiji.
Quinnell made his appearance as a replacement mid-way through the second-half, but failed to make much of an impact.
But his personal performance was insignificant; and the sparse Millennium Stadium crowd gave him a fitting farewell after the final whistle.
Neither side was helped by the whistle-happy refereeing of Italian referee Giulio di Santis, but a dramatic improvement is needed if the Welsh hope to compete against the All Blacks next week.
Wales spurned two early chances to kick at goal as they took quick penalties to test the Canada defence.
They failed to find any gaps, and so captain Colin Charvis decided to put some points on the board as Welsh pressure forced the Canadians to concede three penalties in quick succession inside their own 22.
Fly-half Stephen Jones made no mistake to give Wales a satisfying nine point lead with just over 10 minutes played.
But the visitors continued to struggled with their discipline, and Jones took full advantage with his fourth successful penalty.
Welsh hopes were further boosted by Canadian indiscretion minutes later when Canada's Rod Snow was given a yellow card after an offence at a scrum.
And almost before the Newport prop had a chance to make himself comfortable in the sin bin, Wales crossed for their first try.
A surge down the right wing by prop Ben Evans laid the platform for McBryde to crash over for his first international try. Jones converted.
Wales should have been firmly in the driving seat, but some indiscipline of their own let Canada back into the match.
At least Wales had the consolation of ending the first-half scoring as Jones landed his fourth penalty in injury time, but the players would have been disappointed not to have left the field with a greater lead.
It was certainly not the kind of restart Wales would have wanted when they were down to 14 men as lock Gareth Llewellyn was sent to the sin bin.
The ever dependable Barker slotted over the resulting penalty. Another one followed three minutes later as Canadian confidence levels continued to grow.
The dull kicking dual continued as Jones landed his fifth effort.
Quinnell made his entrance on 56 minutes and was given a standing ovation by a crowd of just 31,000.
Blistering counter-attacking runs from full-back Rhys Williams gave Wales some hope of adding to their try-count, but the stubborn Canada defence continued to hold firm.
But the decisive breakthrough finally came after 66 minutes.
Winger Mark Jones stretched the Canada defence as he headed towards the left corner.
Lock John Tait tracked him all the way, but Jones managed to flick the ball inside where centre Robinson was on hand to finish the job.
Stephen Jones expertly added the extras.
Canada ended the scoring with a drop-goal by scrum-half Morgan Williams, but all eyes at the end were on Quinnell as he said an emotional goodbye.
Wales: R Williams (Cardiff); M Jones (Llanelli), J Robinson (Cardiff), S Parker (Pontypridd), G Thomas (Bridgend); S Jones (Llanelli), D Peel (Llanelli); I Thomas (Llanelli), R McBryde (Llanelli), B Evans (Swansea), V Cooper (Llanelli), G Llewellyn (Neath), D Jones (Llanelli), M Williams (Cardiff), C Charvis (Swansea, capt).
Canada: W Stanley (James Bay); S Fauth (Castaway Wanderers), N Witkowski (James Bay), J Cannon (Rotherham, Eng), F Asselin (James Bay); J Barker (RC d'Arras, Fr), M Williams (Saracens, Eng); R Snow (Newport, Wal), P Dunkley (James Bay, capt), J Thiel (Bridgend, Wal), J Tait (Cardiff, Wal), M James (Stade Francais, Fr), R Banks (Burnaby Lake), A van Staveren (Bayside), P Murphy (Perpignan, Fr).
Referee: Giulio di Santis (Italy).
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