Written by Mark Sheldon – Rugby Canada Contributor
June 30, 2013, (ISN) – Canada’s National Women’s Sevens Team has advanced to the Rugby World Cup Sevens semi-final on the heels of a thrilling 15-12 quarterfinal win over host Russia.
(Starting seven: Magali Harvey, Jen Kish, Ghislaine Landry, Mandy Marchak, Kayla Moleschi, Kelly Russell, Ashley Steacy)
After trailing 12-5 at half time, Canada scored two second half tries, including one in the dying seconds to secure their place in the final four.
Just a 1:16 into the match Ghislaine Landry scored her third try of the tournament, giving Canada an early 5-0 lead.
However, Russia, playing in front of a boisterous home crowd, fed off the energy of their fans, answering with two tries to take a 12-5 lead into half.
Needing to put points on the board as soon as possible, Canada got a try from Kayla Moleschi 1:38 into the second half. The missed conversion had Canada down 12-10.
After Landry made a game-saving tackle, Canada moved inside the Russian territory, pressuring the hosts on the goal-line. With 13 seconds left in the match, Landry scored her team leading fourth try of the World Cup, giving Canada the 15-12 win.
With the win Canada advances to the cup semi-final where it will face Spain.
What captain Jen Kish said…
“It was a hard fought battle against a very strong and fast Russian team. We knew that it wasn’t going to be easy and to me it felt like a final. I am very proud of all the girls; we stuck to our game plan and didn’t panic when we were down. Fortunately enough that’s what made the difference between losing and winning for us.
We’re looking forward to our next match in the stadium and will continue to cup hunt. Taking one game at a time.”
Canada 10 – 0 Spain
Canada’s National Women’s Sevens Team has advanced to their first ever Rugby World Cup Sevens final with a 10-0 semi-final win over Spain.
Spain, who defeated defending World Cup champions Australia in the quarterfinal, were held off the score sheet for the first time in the tournament. It was the Canadians second clean sheet after beating Tunisia 43-0 in pool play on Saturday.
The first few minutes of the match saw a lot of change in possession, with some timely tackles from Spain keeping Canada from crossing the goal-line.
The Canadians applied pressure on defence, keeping Spain on their side of half for the entire opening seven minutes.
A great tackle from Canadian captain Jen Kish pushed Spain over their goal-line, giving Canada a five-metre scrum.
After Canada was awarded a penalty, they worked the ball wide to Ghislaine Landry who scored her fifth try of the tournament and the Canadians took a 5-0 lead into half time.
It was great awareness from Canada off the restart, as Mandy Marchak and Kish controlled possession inside the Russian 22-metre line before Kelly Russell offloaded to Landry on the wing to give Canada a 10-0 lead. It was Landry’s second try of the match, fourth try of the day and team-leading sixth try of the tournament.
With the win, Canada will face New Zealand, who won the inaugural Women’s Sevens World Series this year. It will be a rematch of last month’s highly entertaining Amsterdam Sevens final, which New Zealand won 33-24.
What Mandy Marchak said…
“We came out and did what we had to do. We have executed the process and stuck to our roles. I’m really proud of the girls!
We had a few moments where we were scrambled, but we bent and did not break. We are exactly where we planned to be and couldn’t be happier. Connected we have one goal in mind, we came here to win a World Cup and we now have the perfect opportunity to do that.”
RWC Sevens Viewing Schedule – June 28-30
Day Two– Follow updates LIVE on Twitter: www.twitter.com/RugbyCanada
Canada 17 – 7 Netherlands
Canada 43 – 0 Tunisia
Canada 5 – 20 New Zealand
Day Three- Follow updates LIVE on Twitter: www.twitter.com/RugbyCanada
Canada 15 – 12 Russia
Canada 10 – 5 Spain
Canada vs New Zealand – 8:25 p.m. local time (12:25 p.m. ET / 9:25 a.m. PT)
Canada’s Roster for Moscow, Russia – Name, (Club) Hometown
Arielle Dubissette-Borrice, (Toronto Scottish RFC) Toronto, ON
Bianca Farella, (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
Magali Harvey, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Jennifer Kish, (Edmonton Rockers RFC) Edmonton, AB (Captain)
Ghislaine Landry, (Toronto Scottish RFC) Toronto, ON
Mandy Marchak, (Capilano RFC) Winnipeg, MB
Kayla Moleschi, (Williams Lake Rustlers) Williams Lake, BC
Heather Moyse, (Toronto Scottish RFC) Summerside, PEI
Karen Paquin, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Kelly Russell, (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
Ashley Steacy, (Lethbridge Rugby Club) Lethbridge, AB
Brittany Waters, (Meraloma Athletic Club) Vancouver, BC
Jessica Dovanne, (Velox RFC) Victoria, BC
Julia Greenshields, (Sarnia Saints) Sarnia, ON
Elissa Alarie, (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois-Rivieres, QC
Megan Gibbs, (Markham Irish RFC) Barrie, ON
Cheryl Phillips (Toronto Scottish RFC) Scarborough, ON
Amanda Thornborough, (Brandon Barbarians RFC) Brandon, MB
Julianne Zussman, (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team is proudly sponsored by Macquarie Financial and Trafigura, with support from Sport Canada and Own the Podium.