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Wales 68-12 Canada: Critical Leigh Halfpenny damage mars Cardiff win

Leigh Halfpenny went down injured inside the primary minute of the sport
Wales (40) 68
Tries: T Williams 2, Botham, Holmes 2, Smith, Dee, Rowlands, Basham 2; Cons: Sheedy 7 B Thomas 2
Canada (5) 12
Tries: Lloyd, Coats; Cons: Nelson

A report Wales factors win over Canada was overshadowed by Leigh Halfpenny struggling a critical knee damage within the opening minute of his a centesimal worldwide.

Within the first sport in entrance of house followers for 17 months, Wales have been shocked by an early attempt for Canada wing Kainoa Lloyd.

Two tries apiece from Tomos Williams, new cap Taine Basham and Jonah Holmes and additional scores from James Botham, Nicky Smith, Elliot Dee and Will Rowlands sealed the 10-try win.

Fly-half Callum Sheedy added 14 factors.

Head coach Wayne Pivac launched 5 new caps with Dragons lock Ben Carter, 20, named man of the match as he debuted from the beginning alongside Scarlets wing Tom Rogers, with Gareth Thomas, Basham and Ben Thomas coming off the replacements’ bench.

The event might be remembered, although, for Halfpenny’s heartbreak on what ought to have been a magical milestone.

Halfpenny suffered suspected anterior cruciate ligament harm in his opening involvement after he slipped stepping off his left foot whereas making an attempt to counter-attack.

The 32-year-old appeared to know instantly he had suffered a critical damage and was in tears as he referred to as for assist. He left the sector on a cart and was cheered off by the Cardiff crowd.

It was merciless on Halfpenny on what was speculated to be a defining day as he grew to become solely the eighth Welshman to play 100 internationals – in his case, 96 Checks for Wales and 4 for the British and Irish Lions.

Wales have been already with out some acquainted faces, with 11 gamers away with the Lions in South Africa and common captain Alun Wyn Jones injured.

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Crowd return

Solely 8,200 tickets have been issued within the 74,500-seater stadium, with a crowd of 6,164 attending. A contingent of Welsh followers have been current for the primary time for the reason that Six Nations match towards France in February 2020.

It was Wales’ first worldwide since they received the Six Nations in March 2021 and was a warm-up for the 2 upcoming Checks towards Argentina on 10 and 17 July.

Canada didn’t emulate their well-known victory of 1993 in Cardiff with their Welsh teaching trio of Kingsley Jones, Rob Howley and Byron Hayward having to concede defeat on this event.

The Canucks had not performed for the reason that 2019 World Cup and fielded an inexperienced facet that had restricted preparation time. They go on to face England at Twickenham subsequent Saturday.

Howley’s return, for his first sport since serving a ban for betting breaches which noticed him despatched house by Wales earlier than the 2019 World Cup, was a minimum of a welcome sight.

Shock begin

Howley’s affect could possibly be seen within the opening Canada rating for Lloyd after the guests had taken benefit of Wales dropping Halfpenny.

A backline reshuffle noticed Nick Tompkins come on to play on the wing with Holmes switching to full-back. That uncertainty allowed Canada to shock their hosts with a well-worked attempt for wing Lloyd.

Wales responded nearly instantly with a rating from a fast faucet penalty by scrum-half Williams which was transformed by Sheedy.

A searing break from captain Jonathan Davies gave Botham a simple attempt within the right-hand nook earlier than Holmes crossed on the other facet.

Entrance-rowers Smith and Dee and new Dragons lock Rowlands powered over in fast succession from short-range as Wales led 40-5 at half-time.

Will Rowlands crashes over to attain for Wales

Williams continued the scoring after the break along with his second rating earlier than substitute Josh Turnbull made his first worldwide look for 3 years.

Dragons flanker Basham popped up for his quickfire double earlier than Canada lastly responded. After a few efforts have been denied by the tv match official, full-back Cooper Coats cantered over with Peter Nelson changing.

The Canada mini-revival was halted by a ultimate attempt for Holmes as Wales beat their earlier report factors tally towards the Canucks, which stood at 61.

Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; Jonah Holmes, Willis Halaholo, Jonathan Davies, Tom Rogers; Callum Sheedy, Tomos Williams; Nicky Smith, Elliot Dee, Dillon Lewis, Ben Carter, Will Rowlands, Ross Moriarty, James Botham, Aaron Wainwright.

Replacements: Ryan Elias, Gareth Thomas, Leon Brown, Josh Turnbull, Taine Basham, Kieran Hardy, Ben Thomas, Nick Tompkins.

Canada: Cooper Coats; Cole Davis, Ben Lesage, Quinn Ngawati, Kaiona Lloyd; Peter Nelson, Ross Braude; Djustive Sears-Duru, Andrew Quattrin, Jake Ilnicki, Conor Keys, Josh Larsen, Reegan O’Gorman, Lucas Rumball (capt), Siaki Vikilani.

Replacements: Eric Howard, Cole Keith, Tyler Rowland, Donald Carson, Michael Smith, Lucas Albornoz, William Percillier, Robbie Povey.

Referee: Nika Amashukeli (GRU)

Assistant Referees: Christophe Ridley and Tom Foley (RFU)

TMO: Stuart Terheege (RFU).

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