Canada blud­geoned

Ir­ish maul Canucks in first pool game of Rugby World Cup

SundayXtra - - SPORTS - By Steve Dou­glas

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.”

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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.

RUI VIEIRA / THE ASSOCIASTED PRESS

Canada’s cap­tain Jamie Cud­more (5) was tossed into the sin bin early Satur­day.

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