Women’s Sevens Team to face Russia in London Sevens Cup Quarter-Final tomorrow in penultimate leg of World Rugby Women’s Series after undefeated day one
Ashley Steacy Photo Ian Muir
LONDON, ENGLAND – Canada’s Women’s Sevens team has advanced to their 13th straight World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series Cup Quarterfinal after finishing day one at the London Sevens with a perfect 3-0 record. Canada was the only team to finish with three wins Friday and earned the top seed heading into the Cup Quarterfinals.
The Canadians opened the day with a narrow 14-12 victory over Russia and followed that up with a dominating 45-0 win over South Africa before a clinical 31-0 performance over England in their final match of the day. The Canadians will face now face Russia in the Cup Quarterfinals.
CANADA 14-12 RUSSIA
It didn’t come easy, but Canada secured an important first victory at the London Sevens with a nail-biting 14-12 win over Russia. After trailing 12-0 at half, John Tait’s team rallied in the final seven minutes with tries from Britt Benn and Bianca Farella.
Benn was in the right place at the right time after Ashley Steacy made a break for the Russian tryline but was tackled into the posts where the ball popped out to Benn, bringing Canada within five points.
As Canada continued to control much of the possession in the second half, they found another score through Bianca Farella who took a nice line to split the Russian line for a try under the posts. A second successful conversion from Ghislaine Landry allowed Canada to come away with the narrow win.
CANADA 45-0 SOUTH AFRICA
Canada scored seven tries and led start to finish in a dominating 45-0 win, improving to 6-0 all-time against South Africa in the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.
Canada controlled the match right from kick off, opening the scoring in the first minute through Kayla Moleschi. Two minutes later, it was captain Jen Kish getting on the score sheet with her first try since returning to the team from injury.
Moleschi then added her second try of the half before Elissa Alarie touched down to give Canada a 26-0 lead heading into the break.
Magali Harvey, playing in her first tournament since Dubai back in December, was strong in attack throughout the match and was rewarded with a try in the opening minute of the second half. She finished the game with 11 points. Mandy Marchak added two more tries in the closing minutes to cap off a strong team performance.
CANADA 31-0 ENGLAND
With top spot in Pool B up for grabs, Canada capped off an impressive day one with a convincing 31-0 win over the hosts. Canada’s leading try scorer this season, Ghislaine Landry, opened the scoring when she side-stepped her way through the English defense for her 30th try of the year.
Ashley Steacy followed that up with a great individual try as the Lethbridge, Alberta native kicked the ball from inside her own half, chased it down, and then broke a tackle to score her first try of the day to give Canada a 14-0 lead at half time.
There was no letdown from the Canadians in the second half.
Captain Jen Kish found Karen Paquin on the outside for one try to extend Canada’s lead and moments later it was Paquin again, this time stealing the ball at the top of the lineout before racing 80 metres the other way for her second try in four minutes. With the game out of reach, Bianca Farella added another highlight reel try for Canada.
All matches from the London Sevens will be streamed LIVE at http://www.worldrugby.org/womens-sevens-series
London Sevens Schedule
Day One – May 15, 2015
Canada 14-12 Russia
Canada 45-0 South Africa
Canada 31-0 England
Day Two – May 16, 2015
Canada vs Russia
Canada’s Roster for London Sevens – Name, (Club) Hometown
Elissa Alarie – (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois-Rivieres, QC
Britt Benn – (Guelph Redcoats) Napanee, ON
Hannah Darling – (Peterborough Pagans) Warsaw, ON
Bianca Farella – (Town of Mount Royal) Montreal, QC
Magali Harvey – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Sara Kaljuvee – (Toronto Scottish) Ajax, ON
Jennifer Kish – (Edmonton Rockers RFC) Edmonton, AB
Ghislaine Landry – (Toronto Scottish) 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
Ashley Steacy – (Lethbridge Rugby Club) Lethbridge, AB
Natasha Watcham-Roy – (Hull Volant) Gatineau, QC
Canada’s Coaching Staff
Head Coach: John Tait
Assistant Coach: Sandro Fiorino
Therapist: Sandeep Nandhra
Strength and Conditioning: Dana Agar-Newman
Manager: Meg Howat
Analyst: Callum Morris