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Canadian curling team too 'aggressive': Britain coach

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Canada skip Brad Jacobs calls to teammates as he watches his shot enter the house during semi-final curling action against China at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Wednesday. Team Canada faces Britain in the gold medal game Feb. 21.

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Canada skip Brad Jacobs calls to teammates as he watches his shot enter the house during semi-final curling action against China at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Wednesday. Team Canada faces Britain in the gold medal game Feb. 21.

SOCHI, Russia — Great Britain’s curling coach doesn’t like the way Brad Jacobs and Team Canada comport themselves on the pebble.

Swedish-born Soren Gran is the coach of Great Britain’s men's team, which will face Canada in the gold medal game Friday, and he disapproves of the demonstrative nature of Team Jacobs.

"The aggressive style we have seen from the Canadians here, that’s something I don’t like about the sport. I don’t think it helps anyone. It doesn’t help the player and it doesn’t’ help his teammates," said Gran. "I tell my guys to work a different way. If they miss a shot they’ve got another 15 to play, you can’t be angry with the one you miss."

The Jacobs team loves its fist pumps and members are not afraid to slam a broom after a poor shot.

When asked about the fuss Gran was kicking up, Jacobs wouldn’t rise to the bait.

"You’ll have to ask other teams about it," said Jacobs. "If they’re intimidated by us."

Gran says that will work in Great Britain’s favour.

"If I see the team we are playing against get aggressive and show anger, I think our guys should be happy because we’d have them exactly where we want them to be. I don’t think that helps," he said.

 

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Updated on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:35 AM CST: Replaces photo

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Lawless began covering sports as a rookie reporter at The Chronicle-Journal in Thunder Bay after graduating from journalism school at Durham College in Ontario.
After a Grey Cup winning stint with the Toronto Argonauts in the communications department, Lawless returned to Thunder Bay as sports editor.
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