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Canada beats Brazil 45-5 for first win at Americas Rugby Championship


LANGFORD, B.C. — Luke Campbell set the tone early with a his first-ever try three minutes in as Canada's men's rugby team defeated Brazil 45-5 on Saturday in the third round of the Americas Rugby Championship.

A few minutes later, Cole Davis also went over for his first try in international rugby for Canada and Shane O'Leary added the extras for a 14-0 lead within 10 minutes.

Djustice Sears-Duru, DTH van der Merwe, Ray Barkwill, Doug Fraser and Guiseppe du Toit added a try each as the 21st-ranked Canadians went up 45-0 before Brazil added consolation points late in the match.

O'Leary finished with five conversions. 

It's Canada's first victory of the 2018 ARC after losses to No. 18 Uruguay in Vancouver and the 17th-ranked United States in California. Brazil, ranked 25th, came into the game having beaten Chile in round one before losing a close encounter to Uruguay in the second round.

Canada has two more rounds of competition in the ARC. The Canadians head to South America to play Argentina XV on Feb. 24 and Chile on Mar. 3.

The Canadian Press

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