Canada aim for triple wins

Canada coach Ric Suggitt is fully aware of what his team are required to do in order to keep their quarter-final hopes alive – win their remaining three games.

Suggit ‘said it how it is’ after the Canucks finished a gruelling training session ahead of their Rugby World Cup Pool B match against Fiji in Cardiff on Sunday.

“It is a triple-must win,” Suggitt told the IRB website.

“We have always said we need to win three games at the World Cup (to qualify for the quarter-finals) and we have three games left. The game has a great deal of importance.”

The Canadians put up a brave fight in their tournament opener against Wales, losing 42-17 after having the Welshmen on the racks with a 9-17 lead after half-time. However, another defeat would severely diminish the goal of qualifying for the knock-out stages, something the Canucks have not done since 1991.

Although Fiji and Canada are in different hemispheres, they are neighbours when it comes to IRB rankings with Fiji ranked 12th – one spot ahead of Suggit and his troops.

Fiji will be sporting some wear and tear for the match following their brutal encounter with Japan in Toulouse on Wednesday and Suggitt suggested the Fijians’ short turn-around would play into Canada’s hands.

“I like our schedule and have no complaints,” said Suggit, referring to the week-long period between games for Canada.

The last time Canada squared off against Fiji was in 2001 and the North Americans lost 53-23. Their last World Cup skirmish was in 1999, also in Bordeaux, when Fiji won 38-22.

Suggitt has an idea of what to expect from Canada’s next opponent. He described the expansive Fijian style of rugby as “erratic” and the plan was to study the Fiji-Japan game on television to get a second look at them.

“You blindfold yourself and spin around for 10 times and then open your eyes and try to chase it down,” joked Suggit.

Canada’s next two games are critical to their Rugby World Cup aspirations. After Fiji, Canada take on Japan on Tuesday (September 25) and then have a short recovery window before facing Australia the following Saturday.

 

365 Digital

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