Irish maul Canucks in first pool game of Rugby World Cup
IRELAND 50 CANADA 7
CARDIFF, Wales — Jamie Cudmore is taking responsibility for Canada’s lopsided loss to Ireland Saturday in its first pool game of the Rugby World Cup.
The rugby hardman was relegated to the sin bin in the 18th minute of the eventual 50-7 loss, leaving Ireland to overwhelm the Canadian squad with three tries and a total of 19 points in the 10 minutes spanning the penalty.
“I got to pay the price and that’s on me,” Cudmore said. “It was a big mistake.”
With the score at 3- 0 to Ireland in the 18th, Cudmore was lying on the ground next to the ball at the bottom of a ruck with the Irish on the attack, inches from the try-line when he flicked out a hand and the ball scooted away for the penalty.
Cudmore had barely reached the benches when Sean O’Brien barged over at the base of a rolling maul from an attacking lineout. More bludgeoning paid off when Iain Henderson drove through centre Nick Blevins to reach over and ground in the 25th after a series of phases.
Irish captain Paul O’Connell was sin-binned two minutes in the second half but Canada couldn’t capitalize.
“They made us pay in that area with a man down and we weren’t able to do the same when they were a man down,” Canadian head coach Kieran Crowley said.
The Six Nations champion Irish scored seven tries in total under the Millennium Stadium roof.
Jonathan Sexton ran the show from finished off a searing break down the left from Keith Earls, and Payne’s try under the crossbar brought up the half-century.
Ireland leaked its try after Van Der Merwe blocked Payne’s kickthrough and sprinted from just inside his own half.
Canada entered the tournament on the back of some good form, having won two of its previous three World Cup warm-up matches.
Canada plays Italy Saturday in its second World Cup match.
“We’re not here to make up the numbers,” Cudmore said. “We want to put our rugby in place and compete with the best in the world — obviously on the scoreboard today, we didn’t do that.
“We’re going to stick to our guns, put our game in place, and look forward to Italy.”
Canada’s Kyle Gilmour is tackled by Ireland’s Iain Henderson during their Rugby World Cup Pool D match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Canada’s captain Jamie Cudmore (5) was tossed into the sin bin early Saturday.