One last chance for a World Cup victory
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.”