One last chance for a World Cup vic­tory

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - GER­ALD IMRAY

KOBE, JA­PAN — Canada coach Kings­ley Jones isn’t wor­ried about his play­ers’ hearts. It’s their legs that con­cern him.

Canada was wal­loped 63-0 and 66-7 in suc­ces­sive games against New Zealand and South Africa and must find the en­ergy for one last chal­lenge at the Rugby World Cup. Canada faces fel­low Tier 2 team Namibia Sun­day and it’s one game they should win. Namibia is the only team ranked lower than Canada at the World Cup — al­beit by just one place.

Canada has lost three from three so far in Ja­pan but the World Cup will be con­sid­ered a suc­cess if it wins the last one, Jones said. But the Cana­di­ans are drained from back-to-back games against two of the most in­tense teams in world rugby.

“We’ve planned for this game (Namibia) for a long while,” Jones said. “There will be a lot of rest and re­cov­ery. I think it’s go­ing to come down to the legs of the guys on Sun­day.”

Jones said his play­ers seemed “pretty fit” af­ter the Spring­boks loss but he’ll only re­ally know what shape they’re in when they train in the com­ing days.

Cap­tain Tyler Ar­dron promised max­i­mum com­mit­ment, no mat­ter the level of fa­tigue.

“We’ll throw every­thing we’ve got at it. Short turn­around but we’ve got no ex­cuses,” he said. “We’ll put every­thing we can into the field next week.”

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