Canada Through To Cup Quarter Finals


Rugby Canada Communications

March 30, 2013, (ISN) – An impressive day one performance has Canada in the driver’s seat. After a disappointing result in the last round of the Women’s Sevens World Series in Houston, the Canadian women, won two successive minor tournaments on the trot – in Las Vegas and then Hong Kong.

Canada’s work rate, physicality and fitness shone through all day as the Canadians finished pool play with the second most-tries scored in the tournament, behind only the New Zealaners.

Game One: Canada 36 – 5 Ireland

The Canadian women’s rugby sevens team has opened their China Sevens account in fine form, running in five tries against Ireland. It was an impressive performance, featuring power, pace and fitness, all strong hints that Canada is returning to the form that deserted them in Houston. The Irish were plucky in the first half and trailed just 14-5 at halftime, but Canada’s experience and depth was the difference in the second half. A pair of tries from Ashley Steacy paced the way for Canada, which also got tries from Ghislaine Landray, Elissa Alarie and Kelly Russell. Mandy Marchak and Cheryl Phillip each bagged a pair of conversions.

Game Two: Canada 52 – 5 Japan

Led by Mandy Marchak’s three tries, Canada romped to a massive win in its second game of the China Sevens. Playing in pouring rain, the Canadians scored early and often to overwhelm the Brave Blossoms. Marchak’s first try came off a spilled kick-off to start the game, sprinting across the line just 22 seconds into the game. Julianne Zussman managed nearly the same feat a minute later, dotting down for the first of two for her. Marchak would add a pair more of tries, while kicking three conversions, leading the Canadians to a 31-0 halftime lead. A Japanese try early in the second half didn’t phase the Canadians at all, as they added three more tries to their haul, Jess Dovane, Karen Paquin and Magail Harvey adding tries of their own. Harvey took over the kicking the second half, hitting all three conversions.

Game Three: Canada 20 – 10 Japan

Having blitzed their earlier, weaker opponents, fans of Canadian women’s team wouldn’t have been wrong to expect the Australian challenge to be of a whole other order. Seems no one told the Canadians. They controlled the game from wire-to-wire, using impressive rucking and tight running to dominate possession on a horrendously wet pitch, in the middle of a shocking downpour. Two minutes of sustained offensive work led to Mandy Marchak’s opening tally; it was a confident start. A leveling score by the Australian Coble-Jane Morgan didn’t seem to phase the Canadians, who simply went back on the attack, Karen Paquin scoring on an outside fend-and-sprint. The second half was a similar story, beating Australia all over the park. Ghislane Landry scored in the first minute before Marchak grabbed her second, following up on some hard running by captain Jen Kish. Brooke Anderson replied after the siren for Australia, but that was the proverbial ‘too little, too late.’

Assistant coach Sandro Fiorino:

“Despite the rainy conditions our girls played a well executed and disciplined go-forward game. We received a powerful performance from our leading scorer of the day, Mandy Marchak and workhorse play from Karen Paquin who stepped into the starting lineup with no hesitation.”

Canadian National Women’s Sevens Roster

Name(Club) (Hometown)

Elissa Alarie, (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois Rivieres, QC

Jessica Dovanne, (Velox Rugby Club) Victoria, BC

Magali Harvey, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC

Jennifer Kish, Captain (Edmonton Rockers RFC) Edmonton, AB

Ghislaine Landry, (Toronto Scottish RFC) Toronto, ON

Mandy Marchak, (Capilano RFC) Winnipeg, MB

Karen Paquin, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC

Cheryl Phillips, (Toronto Scottish RFC) Scarborough, ON

Kelly Russell, (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON

Ashley Steacy, (Lethbridge Rugby Club) Lethbridge, AB

Amanda Thornborough, (Brandon Barbarians RFC) Brandon, MB

Julianne Zussman, (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC

Coaches and Staff

John Tait, Head Coach, National Women’s Sevens

Sandro Fiorino, Assistant Coach, National Women’s Sevens

Tyler Goodale, Strength and Conditioning Coach

Meaghan Howat, National Women’s Manager

Brad Curry, Physiotherapist

Guangzhou, China Sevens

March 30 – March 31, 2013

Day 1

Canada 33 – 5 Ireland

Canada 52 – 5 Japan

Canada 20 – 10 Australia

Day 2

Cup Quarter Final Canada vs. Brazil – 11:06am local time (11:06pm ET/8:06pm PT)