Dragons struggle past Canucks
14 Nov 2008
Wales were unconvincing in their 34-13 win over Canada at the Millennium Stadium.
The Welsh had openly lamented their loss to the Springboks the entire week and their minds seemed stuck on last Saturday. They had also made 12 changes from that Test, while the Canadians were tigerish in defence.
The visitors were meant to take a hiding in front of Welsh 60 000 fans, but in the first half the Dragons’ second stringers struggled to a 10-6 lead.
A worry for the Welsh will be James Hook’s injury, who hobbled off with a knee injury after 18 minutes, but at the same time this afforded 19-year-old Ospreys flyhalf Dan Biggar the chance to win his debut.
In the second half the Welsh produced another ordinary effort, only able to produce points from two penalty tries (after Canada collapsed a couple of scrums) and a second Leigh Halfpenny score.
The Welsh first side will have to produce a much better performance to topple the All Blacks next week.
Wales - Tries: Morgan Stoddart, Leigh Halfpenny (2), Penalty try (2). Conversions: Daniel Biggar (3). Penalty: Biggar.
Canada -Try: Ryan Smith. Conversion: James Pritchard. Penalties: Pritchard (2)