Fiji’s second opponent at the France Rugby World Cup pool matches, Canada is continuing to grow leaps and bounds.
Not only have they beaten their traditional leaders the US by 50+ scores, New Zealand learned a thing or two last weekend in Hamilton.
The Canadians held the Kiwis full team 13-26 at halftime which says a lot and Fiji should be fully prepared for this encounter or will be eating humble pie at that Millennium Stadium in Cardiff at the 2pm match on Sunday 16 September (2am 17 September Fiji Time).
All Black coach Graham Henry scowled through a disjointed first half showing by his over-eager line-up on Saturday, and praised a Canadian side expected to concede a cricket score.
There was no hint of condescension when Henry rated the Canadians as a greater challenge than the French during their recent two-Test capitulation.
Being rated physically superior to a French C team may appear faint praise but the All Blacks were genuine in giving the world’s No.13 rugby nation, who trailed 26-13 at half-time, plenty of kudos.
“Their defensive patterns were excellent,” Henry said. “We could learn something from that … They were very physical at the breakdown. They were better than I thought they’d be.”
caption: The Canadians defended well against New Zealand last weekend