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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 June, 2005, 21:03 GMT 22:03 UK
Canada 3-60 Wales
Debutant Chris Czekaj left the defence trailing for a superb 60m try
Canada (3) 3
Pen: Daypuck
Wales (15) 60
Tries: Taylor, Charvis, Broster, J Thomas (2), Czekaj, Morgan, R Williams, Popham
Cons: Sweeney (6)
Pen: Sweeney
Att: 12,800
A sizzling second-half in the searing heat of Toronto's York Stadium saw Wales to their eighth successive win.

Street-wise Canada held Wales to a 15-3 lead at half-time, Mark Taylor and Colin Charvis both scoring tries.

But the part-timers predictably faded afterwards, the tourists scoring seven tries for a record win over Canada.

Jon Thomas crossed for a brace and Ben Broster scored on his first start, but the pick was a 60m effort from 19-year- old debutant wing Chris Czekaj.

Canada could only manage a penalty from full-back Derek Daypuck as Wales' stubborn defence snuffed out the few scoring chances to end their North America tour without conceding a try.

The Canucks, fresh from winning the Super Cup tournament in Japan, were determined not to roll over as the USA had against Wales last week, and boosted their chances by narrowing the threadbare pitch.

That was a tougher battle than the USA and this has been a very successful tour
Wales coach Mike Ruddock
Their early challenges were physical and committed in front of a Canadian-record 12,800 crowd for a rugby game, Broster in particular feeling the force of a Jamie Cudmore bone-rattler.

Ceri Sweeney opened the scoring with a penalty for Wales and was involved in the first try, supporting a smart break from Nicky Robinson.

Sweeney fed captain Taylor who cut back to wrong-foot the defence and cross for the converted score.

Canada hit back with Daypuck's penalty, but a well-controlled driving maul from a line-out ended with the impressive Charvis being dropped over the line for his 20th career try for Wales.

With the break approaching opposing locks Robert Sidoli and Luke Tait were sin-binned following a lively punch-up.

But it did not break Wales' stride, and with the wind at their backs in the second half they tore into their hosts.

Captain Mark Taylor crosses for the first of Wales' nine tries
Mark Taylor's successful tour captaincy continued
Two of Wales' new boys combined for the third try, hooker Rhys Thomas going on a bullocking run and feeding prop Broster for the Saracens tight-head to crash over.

The home side were tiring quickly and direct running from the Wales pack opened the way for Jon Thomas to crash through the weakened defence.

Canada attacked into the Wales 22, but turnover ball fell to the Wales backs who countered quickly.

Kevin Morgan and Mike Phillips did well to give Czekaj his first ball in space, and the youngster seared past two covering defenders for a superb score.

Another attack from deep in their own half saw replacement Matthew Watkins find Morgan coming on a great angle for the sixth try.

Ospreys fly-half Matthew Jones was brought on for his first cap as Wales emptied their bench, but the try-scoring flow continued with Jon Thomas crossing for his second.

Watkins freed Rhys Williams for an easy run-in and Popham crossed from short range, Sweeney's conversion giving Wales a record points tally against the Canucks.

The hosts tried one last brave attack, but Wales defended meanly and desperately to keep their line intact.


Canada: Derek Daypuck (Simon Pacey 65); Quentin Fyfee, Matt King, John Canon, Stirling Richmond; Ryan Smith, Morgan Williams (Pat Fleck 24-37, 75); Kevin Tckachuk, Aaron Abrams (Pat Dunkley 46), Garth Cooke, Luke Tait, Jamie Cudmore (Josh Jackson 46), Mike Webb, Stan McKeen, Colin Yukes.

Wales: Kevin Morgan; Rhys Williams, Mark Taylor, (Matthew J Watkins 56), Ceri Sweeney, Chris Czekaj; Nick Robinson (Matthew Jones 67), Mike Phillips (Andy Williams 75); Duncan Jones (John Yapp 43), Rhys Thomas (Mefin Davies 65), Ben Broster, Luke Charteris (Brent Cockbain 56), Robert Sidoli, Jon Thomas, Colin Charvis (Robin Sowden-Taylor 56), Alix Popham.

Referee: Matt Goddard (Australia)




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