CANADA DEFEAT FIJI TO FINISH THIRD AT CHINA SEVENS

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April 6 ISN – Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team defeated Fiji 26-5 to finish in third place at the China Sevens, their fifth top-three finish in the last six Women’s Sevens World Series events.

 

After earning another 16 points in Guangzhou, Canada sit in a comfortable third place in the WSWS standings with 64 points overall through four rounds. Last year, Canada finished with 52 points through the four-event season, good for third place in the overall standings.

With just one round left in this year’s WSWS, their 18-point lead on fourth place teams England and Russia all but guarantees them another third place finish. They trail series leaders New Zealand by 10 points and second place Australia by eight points.

The final leg of this year’s series goes May 16 in Amsterdam.

CANADA 19-10 ENGLAND

(Starting seven: Bianca Farella, Sara Kaljuvee, Jen Kish, Kayla Moleschi, Karen Paquin, Kelly Russell and Ashley Steacy)

Breaking through two English defenders, Bianca Farella opened the scoring for Canada with her third try of the tournament. It was Farella’s 21st try of the season, the second most of any player in this year’s WSWS.

Despite some strong tackling from Canada in the opening half, England were able to put some points on the board just before the hooter sounded as Michaela Staniford touched down to bring her team back to within two points at the break.

A quick second half try from Jen Kish restored Canada’s seven-point lead, but England were quick to respond as a Megan Ellery try and Sarah Mckenna conversion made it a 12-10 game.

Canada was able to increase their lead to 19-10 after Karen Paquin scored her team-high fourth try of the tournament.

Canada improved to 2-0 against England in this year’s WSWS.

CANADA 0-5 AUSTRALIA

(Starting seven: Bianca Farella, Sara Kaljuvee, Jen Kish, Kayla Moleschi, Karen Paquin, Kelly Russell and Ashley Steacy)

Less than two minutes in, Australia’s Emilee Cherry scored her series leading 23rd try of the season as Canada faced an early 5-0 deficit.

While Canada controlled possession for much of the first half, they were unable to generate any points.

Poor conditions led to sloppy play from Canada who was whistled for many knock-ons throughout the match.

CANADA 26-5 FIJI

(Starting seven: Bianca Farella, Jen Kish, Mandy Marchak, Kayla Moleschi, Karen Paquin, Kelly Russell and Ashley Steacy)

Canada used four first-half tries to defeat upstart Fiji 26-5 to capture third place at the Guangzhou Sevens.

Canada got the start they were looking for when Captain Jen Kish opened the scoring just 42 seconds into the match with her fourth try of the tournament.

Bianca Farella followed that up with a try of her own to give Canada a 12-0 lead midway through the half.

Starting in place of Sara Kaljuvee, Mandy Marchak followed up Farella with a try of her own to increase the lead to 19 points.

Thanks to Karen Paquin’s team-leading fifth try of the tournament, Canada looked comfortable at the break leading 26-0.

Ashley Steacy had three conversions and finished the tournament with 34 points, the fifth most of any player this weekend.

Day One

Canada 35-7 vs USA

Canada 19-7 France

Canada 12-12 Russia

Day Two

Canada 19-10 England (Cup Quarterfinal)

Canada 0-5 Australia (Cup Semifinal)

Canada 26-5 Fiji (3rd/4th place)

Canada’s Women’s Roster for Hong Kong and China Sevens:

Nikki Case – (Yeoman Lions) Toronto, ON

Hannah Darling – (Peterborough Pagans RFC/Shawnigan Lake School) Warsaw, ON

Jessica Dovanne, (Velox RFC) Victoria, BC

Bianca Farella – (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC

Julia Greenshields – (Sarnia Saints) Sarnia, ON

Sara Kaljuvee – (Toronto Scottish RFC) Ajax, ON

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

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

Kelly Russell – (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON

Ashley Steacy – (Lethbridge Rugby Club) Lethbridge, AB

Canada’s Women’s Sevens Staff

Head Coach: John Tait

Assistant Coach: Sandro Fiorino

Performance Analyst: Ben Herring

Physiotherapist: Adrienne Stinson

Strength and Conditioning: Tyler Goodale

Manager: Meaghan Howat

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