Pritchard scores two tries to lead Canada over Portugal

The Canadian Press

11/23/2013 1:42:40 PM

LISBON, Portugal -- Canadian fullback James Pritchard scored two tries and made seven of nine kick attempts as Canada closed out its November European Tour with a 52-8 rout over Portugal on Saturday.

Ciaran Hearn also had two tries, and Pritchard led both teams with 27 points on the day.

Hearn broke through Portugal's line to score the first try just over 10 minutes into the game, and Pritchard scored his first try 10 minutes later to extend Canada's lead.

Pritchard added six more points for via two penalty kicks before Portugal responded with their first points of the game, from fullback Pedro Leal.

Pritchard claimed his second try of the game in the closing moments of the half to give Canada a 25-3 lead heading into the break.

The fullback opened the second-half scoring with a penalty kick. Nick Blevins added another try for Canada and Hearn scored his second of the game.

Substitute Connor Braid scored Canada's sixth try of the game and Taylor Paris scored to extend the lead to 52-3.

A late try from outside-centre Pedro Bettencourt accounted for the rest of Portugal's points.

Canada's Kyle Gilmour and Djustive Sears-Duru both received their first international men's caps for Canada against Portugal, as they came on as replacements for John Moonlight and Hubert Buydens, respectively.

Canada finishes 2013 with a 6-5 record with three victories over the United States, and one more each over Tonga, Fiji and Portugal. Canada's losses came against Ireland, Japan, the New Zealand Maori All Blacks, Georgia and Romania.