England trounces Canada 59-20 on North America tour


BURNABY, Canada, AFP

Simon Shaw and David Walder scored two tries each and England trounced Canada 59-20 here Saturday in the second test match of a North American tour. England, which won last week’s opener 22-10, set the pace quickly with two early tries on the way to a rout. Shaw emerged from a maul and scored an uncoverted try only two minutes after the game. Bob Ross got Canada on the board minutes later with a penalty kick. But French referee Joel Jutge awarded England a penalty try and Walder’s conversion was true, boosting the Brits ahead 12-3. Canada’s defensive lapses emerged frequently in the game and England capitalized with the relentless aggressive offense. Dan Baugh of Canada and Julian White of England were sent off after White gave a liberal boot to Canada’s Rod Snow and Baugh jabbed White to defend his teammate. Then Morgan Williams was penalized for a professional foul leaving Canada two men short. At the half, England led by 28-6 after three penalty kicks and a convert by Walder, one by Ross and a try by Joe Worsley. England, which is ranked third in the world, came out strong in the second half with Shaw nabbing a second try in the game only minutes after the break. The British team continued to dominate play over the next 40 minutes as Canada, ranked 11th in the world, saw its chance quickly fade of repeating the team’s lone triumph over England, which came on the same field in 1993. After returning from the send-off, Baugh slammed down to the line to score a try which Ross converted to close the point gap to 33-13. However, England’s strong offense took advantage of any shortcomings in Canada’s defense. Walder broke through the 22-meter line to score a self-converted try and only moments later, he worked his magic again, scoring another try, which he successfully converted, bringing England on top 47-13. England’s Jamie Noon snatched another opportunity and scored a converted try, leaving Canada’s hopes shattered. Canada fended off some English pressure in the second-half before Martyn Wood scored an unconverted try. A final push by Canada saw Sean Fauth score a try from a Nik Witkowski pass. England’s third and final tour test will come next Saturday against the United States in Berkeley, California.