Aug 10,2014(ISN) – MARCOUSSIS, FRANCE – Canada’s Women’s Team finished the Women’s Rugby World Cup pool stages with an exciting 13-13 draw against England and have advanced to the semi-finals against France on August 13.
Based on the close finish between England, Canada, France and Australia, Canada had to wait until after the hosts defeated the Wallaroos 17-3 before they could celebrate their berth in the final four.
Canada will now face France in the second semi-final at Stade Jean Bouin on August 13 at 8:45pm local time (2:45pm ET/11:45am PT) live on TSN.
Canada versus England Recap:
A fantastic showing of women’s rugby would be on display throughout the game, as both teams possess physical forward packs, talented backs and were looking to finish the pool stages a perfect 3-0.
Off the opening kick off, Canada Captain Kelly Russell would secure possession for her side with a huge showing of athleticism to tap the ball back off the restart high in the air.
Both teams exchanged possession and line breaks in the early few minutes, before outside-centre Emily Scarratt kicked a penalty at the 7-minute mark to give England a 3-0 lead.
Off a deep Canadian scrum, 19-year-old flyhalf Emily Belchos shook off two would-be tacklers to set up a 50-metre break for her side and relieve England’s pressure.
A few minutes later, Canada’s forwards stole an England scrum and took the momentum into their favour. Off an ensuing penalty, Canada hit touch and, after winning the lineout, they powered through for the first try of the game by Karen Paquin from a maul. Despite Magali Harvey’s conversion attempt missing on the near side, Canada took a 5-3 lead.
However, the next 10 minutes were in England’s hands as they pinned Canada deep inside their territory and were awarded multiple penalties. Using the boot of flyhalf Ceri Large, England nearly scored two tries but Danielle Waterman knocked-on just short of the try line before Kat Merchant knocked-on in the try zone two minutes later. The score remained 5-3 for Canada.
Nearing the end of the first half, Harvey was unsuccessful on a penalty and the Canadians continued to pressure England unsuccessfully for a number of phases.
Before the halftime whistle, Scarratt would add another penalty to give her side a 6-5 advantage going into the break.
The second frame opened to the way of Canada and Mandy Marchak and Magali Harvey connected for an exciting 60-metre run, which seemed to electrify their teammates. Shortly after and while playing on advantage, Jess Dovanne sprinted down the left wing but was forced out of bounds, bringing the ball back to the earlier infringement.
Looking to re-take the lead, Russell took a quick tap and eventually Saskatchewan’s Kayla Mack dotted down for Canada in the right corner after hard work from the entire forward pack. Harvey’s conversion attempt fell short and Canada lead 10-6 five minutes into the second half.
However, the lead wouldn’t last long. Shortly after England began a set of phases near Canada’s goal line that included three mauls off lineouts and two off scrums. Lead by the forward pack, Canada’s defense held strong for as long as possible before England Captain Sarah Hunter barged her way over the line.
With Scarratt’s successful conversion, England then led 13-10.
The final 20 minutes of the game showcased the best that women’s rugby had to offer, as both teams exchanged possession multiple times and excited the multi-national crowd on the main field in Marcoussis.
With seven minutes left on the clock, Canada were awarded a kickable penalty and Harvey was good under pressure to bring the game to 13-13 with only minutes to play.
With no time left on the clock, England scrum half Natasha Hunt booted the ball into touch to seal a draw and advance both sides into the semi-finals.
Canada Points –
Tries: Karen Paquin, Kayla Mack
Penalties: Magali Harvey
England Points –
Tries: Sarah Hunter
Conversions: Emily Scarratt
Penalties: Emily Scarratt (x2)
Canada’s Women’s Roster to face England on August 9:
1. Marie-Pier Pinault-Reid, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
2. Kim Donaldson, (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club) Toronto, ON
3. Hilary Leith, (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC
4. Latoya Blackwood, (St. Anne de Bellevue) Montreal, QC
5. Maria Samson, (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
6. Jacey Murphy, (Aurora Barbarians) Alliston, ON
7. Karen Paquin, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
8. Kelly Russell, Captain (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
9. Stephanie Bernier, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
10. Emily Belchos, (Markham Irish RFC) Barrie, ON
11. Jessica Dovanne, (Velox RFC) Victoria, BC
12. Andrea Burk, (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC
13. Mandy Marchak, (Capilano RFC) Winnipeg, MB
14. Magali Harvey, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
15. Elissa Alarie, (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois-Rivieres, QC
16. Laura Russell, (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
17. Olivia DeMerchant, (Woodstock Wildmen) Mapledale, NB
18. Mary-Jane Kirby, (Highland RFC) Brampton, ON
19. Tyson Beukeboom, (Aurora Barbarians) Uxbridge, ON
20. Kayla Mack, (Wild Oats RFC) Saskatoon, SK
21. Julianne Zussman, (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
22. Brittany Waters, (Meraloma Athletic Club) Vancouver, BC
Brittany Benn, (Guelph Redcoats) Napanee, ON
Cindy Nelles, (Oakville Crusaders/McMaster University) Belleville, ON
Julia Sugawara, (Burnaby Lake RFC) Surrey, BC
Amanda Thornborough, (Brandon Barbarians RFC) Brandon, MB
Canada’s Women’s Team Staff:
Head Coach: Francois Ratier
Forwards Coach: Gary Dukelow
Backs Coach: Colette McAuley
Strength and Conditioning: Steve Mackinnon
Physiotherapist: Adrienne Stinson
Manager: Meaghan Howat
Analyst: James Kent
Media Manager: Bryan Kelly
England Women’s team to face Canada
15 Danielle Waterman (Bristol)
14 Katherine Merchant (Worcester)
13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield)
12 Rachael Burford (Thurrock)
11 Claire Allan (Richmond)
10 Ceri Large (Worcester)
9 Natasha Hunt (Lichfield)
1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester)
2 Emma Croker (Richmond)
3 Sophie Hemming (Bristol)
4 Rebecca Essex (Richmond)
5 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
6 Heather Fisher (Worcester)
7 Margaret Alphonsi (Saracens)
8 Sarah Hunter (Lichfield, captain)
16 Victoria Fleetwood (Lichfield)
17 Laura Keates (Worcester)
18 Joanna McGilchrist (Wasps)
19 Alexandra Matthews (Richmond)
20 La Toya Mason (Wasps)
21 Katy Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
22 Kay Wilson (Bristol)
WRWC 2014 BROADCAST SCHEDULE ON TSN:
Canada vs. Spain – Aug. 1 at 8:45 a.m. ET on TSN
Canada vs. Samoa – Aug. 5 at 10:45 a.m. ET on TSN
Canada vs. England – Aug. 9 at 9:30 a.m. ET on TSN2
Semifinal #1 – Aug. 13 at 11:45 a.m. ET on TSN
Semifinal #2 – Aug. 13 at 2:30 p.m. ET on TSN
Finals – Aug. 17 at 12:30 p.m. ET on TSN2
RUGBY CANADA WOMEN’S FIFTEENS 2014 FIXTURES
CANADA 51 – 7 USA
April 15, 2014
Shawnigan Lake School, Mill Bay, BC
CANADA 14 – 10 USA
April 19, 2014
Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC
CANADA 22-0 AUSTRALIA
June 6, 2014
Tauranga Domain, Tauranga, New Zealand
CANADA 8-16 NEW ZEALAND
June 10, 2014
Tauranga Domain, Tauranga, New Zealand
CANADA 21 – 33 NEW ZEALAND
June 14, 2014
Rugby Park, Whakatane, New Zealand
WOMEN’S RWC – CANADA 31-5 SPAIN
August 1, 2014
WOMEN’S RWC – CANADA 42-7 SAMOA
August 5, 2014
WOMEN’S RWC – CANADA VS ENGLAND
August 9, 2014
WOMEN’S RWC SEMI-FINALS
August 13, 2014
WOMEN’S RWC FINALS
August 17, 2014