Van der Merwe and Paris lead Canada past Spain 37-27 in men's rugby test
Team Canada players are shown after a penalty was awarded to Italy during the Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Italy and Canada on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. (Alastair Grant/AP)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, November 18, 2017 2:30PM EST
MADRID -- DTH van der Merwe and Taylor Paris had two tries apiece as Canada beat Spain 37-27 on Saturday in a rugby international test.
Brock Staller kicked three penalties as 23rd-ranked Canada earned Kingsley Jones his first win as coach. The Canadian men will wrap up their November tour Nov. 25 in Narbonne, France, against No. 9 Fiji.
"It's about winning matches, test match rugby, that's what it is," said Jones. "Ultimately, that confidence should give us a kick on now into Fiji. It'll give us a lot of belief.
"It's a good challenge, Fiji. We'll move forward into that."
It's an important win for Canada because Spain, ranked 20th in the world, is a rugby nation on the rise.
The Spanish men's and women's sevens teams both made the 2016 Rio Olympics -- with the men winning a 16-country repechage tournament that included Canada -- while the women's 15s side qualified for this summer's World Cup.
In its first appearance at the World Rugby Under-20 Trophy in 2016, Spain was runner-up in the second-tier championship that Canada failed to qualify for.
Canada opened its November series with a 51-9 loss to the Maori All Blacks at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver.