World Men's Curling Championship 2012 - Draw 10

Norway picked up another win against USA Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Having survived an extra end scare against Switzerland in the morning, Canada extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a more comfortable 8-5 win over Denmark in Tuesday afternoon’s tenth session of round-robin play at the World Men’s Curling Championship 2012 in Basel.

But they did not have it all their own way. In the eighth end, Denmark’s skip Rasmus Stjerne played a good hit and roll onto the button to score one point, but in the next end Canada’s Glenn Howard took a lead he was not to lose with a score of two points when he took out two Danish counting stones. He then followed that up with a single steal in the tenth end to finish off a win that keeps the Canadians at the top of the table.

Scotland went down to their second loss of the event when France beat them by 5-3. France took the lead in the first end and scored again in the fifth end when fourth player Tony Angiboust drew nicely onto the button – inside four Scottish counting stones - to score one point on his way to victory.

This was a third win of the week for France and after the game, skip Thomas Dufour said: “We were looking for some wins quite desperately so that was a good win. The team was playing very good stones, good curling, but I was a little under.” He continued: “I think the problem has been that we have been inconsistent. Also, we have not played many high level tournaments-games like this - for a long time. So it has taken a little while to get back up that level.”

In their game against Germany, New Zealand had to come from behind after German fourth player Felix Schulze scored two points with an angled raise in the third end to open the scoring in the game. After this, New Zealand skip Peter de Boer had an open hit and stay for two points to open his account. New Zealand then snatched victory in the tenth end, winning 8-6 by scoring three points in the tenth end.

Despite being 5-0 down after just four ends, this was New Zealand’s third win so far and skip Peter de Boer said: “5-0 wasn’t particularly fair actually. I said at half time ‘look guys, we’re doing well enough to win this game, we just need to get some stones in play and back ourselves’. Fortunately the whole team played terrific. I think if we just believe in our ability to make the shots, we can make the shots.”

In the fourth game of the session Norway beat USA by 9-4, and they made two scores of three on the way. The first of these came in the fourth end when Norwegian skip Thomas Ulsrud played a nice draw into the house. Two ends later Ulsrud had a hit for three points and the USA conceded the game after just eighth ends.

Later, Ulsrud said: “That was an important win. As usual at the Worlds we got off to a slow start, but the guys seem to have picked up a feel for the ice and I am putting the broom at the right spot, so things are looking better for Norway right now. I think curling is a game of confidence – when you sit in the hack you need to have confidence to make the shot and now we have it. At the beginning of the week we didn’t.”

Session 10: France 5, Scotland 3; Canada 8, Denmark 5; Germany 6, New Zealand 8; USA 4, Norway 9.

Standings after 10 sessions:

Canada 7-0
China 5-1
Sweden 5-1
Scotland 4-2
Norway 3-3
New Zealand 3-3
France 3-4
Denmark 2-4
Germany 2-5
USA 2-5
Czech Republic 1-5
Switzerland 1-5

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