Ghislaine Landry try in overtime seals 10-5 third-place victory over France

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Photo  Ian Muir/Rugby Canada

(ISN) – DUBAI, UAE – Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team has captured third place at the Dubai Sevens after an exhilarating 10-5 win over France in extra time. It was the Canadians fourth straight third place finish at a World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.

With it being an Olympic qualifying year, the third place finish is a good result for Canada. Not only have they earned 16 points in the standings, but they will now also be a top seed at the Brazil Sevens in February. The top four teams at the end of the season will automatically qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Canada has finished in the top four at eight straight World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series events.

CANADA 36-0 USA

(Starting seven for Canada: Bianca Farella, Jen Kish (C), Ghislaine Landry, Mandy Marchak, Kayla Moleschi, Kelly Russell and Ashley Steacy)

Try scorers for Canada: Ghislaine Landry (2), Elissa Alarie, Jen Kish, Kayla Moleschi and Karen Paquin
Conversions for Canada: Ghislaine Landry (2) and Ashley Steacy

Captain Jen Kish opened the scoring for Canada on a harmless looking play, as the Canadian captain eluded many would-be tacklers on her way to a lengthy run to put Canada up 7-0.

A great break from Mandy Marchak and Kelly Russell led to Ghislaine Landry’s team-leading fifth try of the tournament and Canada extended their lead to 12 points.

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Photo  Ian Muir/Rugby Canada

Landry quickly followed with another try, before Kayla Moleschi touched down to give Canada a 24-0 lead at half.

The Canadians continued to control possession in the second half and added tries from substitutes Karen Paquin and Elissa Alarie.

Paquin showed off her speed going the length of the pitch for a try while Alarie scored as time expired.

CANADA 7-29 AUSTRALIA

(Starting seven for Canada: Bianca Farella, Jen Kish (C), Ghislaine Landry, Mandy Marchak, Kayla Moleschi, Kelly Russell and Ashley Steacy)

Try scorers for Canada: Karen Paquin
Conversions for Canada: Ghislaine Landry

The defending champions showed their class in a one-sided semifinal, beating the Canadians 29-7.

Australia was quick to open the scoring, touching down in the opening 60 seconds to jump out to an early 7-0 lead.

Forced passes by the Canadians led to turnovers, which in turn gave Australia much of the possession in the first seven minutes.

The Wallaroos would add two more tries and to take a 17-0 lead into the break.

Magali Harvey and Karen Paquin provided a spark off the bench in the second half, as the substitutes linked up for Canada’s only try of the match, with Paquin scoring for the second time on the day.

Australia would prove too much however, adding another two tries late in the match to ensure their place in the Cup Final.

CANADA 10-5 FRANCE
(Starting seven for Canada: Bianca Farella, Jen Kish (C), Ghislaine Landry, Mandy Marchak, Kayla Moleschi, Kelly Russell and Ashley Steacy)

Try scorers for Canada: Ghislaine Landry and Kayla Moleschi
Conversions for Canada:

Playing with tired legs, Canada powered through with a dramatic 10-5 win over France as Ghislaine Landry scored the winning try in extra time.

Playing their sixth match in two days under the Dubai heat, lethargy seemed to be kicking in for both teams in an uneventful opening half.

There was limited flow and no real threat from either side with both teams conceding possession with knock-ons and penalties.

Kayla Moleschi would provide Canada with the spark they needed just before half, scoring the game’s first try to give Canada a 5-0 lead at the break.

When the teams returned to the pitch in the second half, little changed.

Both teams continued to play hesitant before France tied the match with two minutes remaining, sending the game into extra time.

Canada controlled much of the possession before Landry found a second wind and raced the length of the pitch to give Canada the win.

Dubai Sevens Schedule

Day One – December 4, 2014

Canada 26-10 Brazil
Canada 47-5 Fiji
Canada 12-17 England

Day Two – December 5, 2014

Canada 36-0 USA (Cup Quarterfinals)
Canada 7-29 Australia (Cup Semifinals)
Canada 10-5 France (3rd/4th Place)

Canada’s Roster for Dubai Sevens – Name, (Club) Hometown

Elissa Alarie – (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois-Rivieres, QC
Arielle Dubissette-Borrice – (Toronto Scottish RFC) Toronto, ON
Bianca Farella – (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
Julia Greenshields – (Sarnia Saints) Sarnia, ON
Magali Harvey – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Jennifer Kish – (Edmonton Rockers RFC) Edmonton, AB
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 Coaching Staff

Head Coach – John Tait
Assistant Coach – Sandro Fiorino
Therapist – Sandeep Nandhra
Strength and Conditioning – Tyler Goodale
Manager – Meg Howat
Analyst – Callum Morris

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