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Late collapse costly for Canada against France

 French fans celebrate after their Rugby World Cup win over Canada at McLean Park, in Napier, New Zealand, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Christoph...
 Canada's Aaron Carpenter is tackled to the ground by France's Maxime Mermoz, right, and France's Fulgence Ouedraogo during their Rugby World Cup game...
 A French fan celebrates after his team defeated Canada in during their Rugby World Cup game at McLean Park, in Napier, New Zealand, Sunday, Sept. 18,...
 France's Damien Traille scores a try during their Rugby World Cup game against Canada at McLean Park, in Napier, New Zealand, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011....
 Canada's Chauncey O'Toole is tackled by France's Luc Ducalcon during their Rugby World Cup game at McLean Park, in Napier, New Zealand, Sunday, Sept....
 Canada's Adam Kleeberger, right, tackles France's Louis Picamoles during their Rugby World Cup game at McLean Park, in Napier, New Zealand, Sunday, S...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France Canada

French fans celebrate after their Rugby World Cup win over Canada at McLean Park, in Napier, New Zealand, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Christoph...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France Canada

Canada's Aaron Carpenter is tackled to the ground by France's Maxime Mermoz, right, and France's Fulgence Ouedraogo during their Rugby World Cup game...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France Canada

A French fan celebrates after his team defeated Canada in during their Rugby World Cup game at McLean Park, in Napier, New Zealand, Sunday, Sept. 18,...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France Canada

France's Damien Traille scores a try during their Rugby World Cup game against Canada at McLean Park, in Napier, New Zealand, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011....

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France Canada

Canada's Chauncey O'Toole is tackled by France's Luc Ducalcon during their Rugby World Cup game at McLean Park, in Napier, New Zealand, Sunday, Sept....

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup France Canada

Canada's Adam Kleeberger, right, tackles France's Louis Picamoles during their Rugby World Cup game at McLean Park, in Napier, New Zealand, Sunday, S...

Canada coach Kieran Crowley says his team can't be content with being gallant losers if it wants to keep improving.
Having led France 10-7 at the Rugby World Cup on Sunday, Canada was a converted try away from taking the lead when trailing 25-19 in the second half with the French struggling to handle the pressure at a rain-soaked McLean Park.
But the Canadians conceded three tries in the closing stages of a 46-19 defeat, causing Crowley to say "we can't afford to do that at this level" and "if you accept it you won't improve."
Canada also missed two penalties and a dropped goal when clearly in the ascendancy midway through the first half. Those misses proved crucial as France rallied to lead 19-10 at the interval.


Updated : 2021-10-16 14:47 GMT+08:00