Canada fall to five-try Wales

Wales ran five tries past Canada to get their World Cup campaign off to a winning start in Melbourne today.

Wales 41 Canada 10

Wales ran five tries past Canada to get their World Cup campaign off to a winning start in Melbourne today.

Importantly, Steve Hansen’s side earned a bonus point which, in the race to qualify from Pool D, could prove crucial.

Iestyn Harris was dynamic in midfield and impeccable with the boot as he landed two penalties and five conversions to tries from Sonny Parker, Gareth Cooper, Mark Jones, captain Colin Charvis and finally Gareth Thomas.

The gap between the professionals and part-timers was clear, but Canada managed one consolation score through replacement prop Kevin Tkachuk.

The Canadians, who had vowed to leave the match having done themselves proud whatever the result, did manage a consolation score of their own.

Parker was sin-binned for killing the ball and with much of 24,874 crowd urging them on, replacement prop Kevin Tkahcuk drove low to finally register a consolation.

But there was still time for a fifth Wales try, and it was another delightful running score.

Sidoli beat his man, looped a pass to Dwayne Peel over his shoulder, who in turn flicked it wide for Thomas to cut back in and score.

Harris sealed the win with his fifth conversion.

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