Canada’s Women’s National Team falls 36-28 to USA, New Zealand defeats England 26-7 on day two of WRSS at Red Deer Rugby Club
Latoya Blackwood Dives In For The Try Photo credit Ron LeBlanc/Rugby Canada
RED DEER, ALBERTA – The USA Eagles defeated Canada 36-28 today in Red Deer in front of 1425 fans. Canada started very strong, but the USA would fight back, taking the lead in the 32ndminute and never looking back. In the final 10 minutes, Canada would push back hard but was only able to secure a four-try bonus point.
“The momentum switched a number of times while we were missing our tackles,” Canada head coach Francois Ratier said. “Tackling is 50 per cent of the game. We’ve tried to work on that the last two days but in two days you can’t fix your tackling technique.
“The Americans were more physical today but we were not consistent enough to win the game.”
Canada opened the scoring in the opening minute when flanker, Latoya Blackwood, broke a series of tackles to score the match’s opening try. Andrea Burk would convert the try and Canada had the perfect start, leading 7-0 inside a minute. The Americans, however, would respond with a penalty on their own just a few minutes later.
The next 20 minutes would see Canada on the attack and scoring tries, however, they would also give them up as well. In the 12th minute, Maria Samson would pass to Lisa Gauthier who would score Canada’s second try and her first test try qith Burk converting.
“It was a great feeling,” Gauthier said of her first test try. “It’s one of the best feelings you could possibly have.”
However, the U.S. would respond quickly as captain Jane Parr went over in the corner to cut Canada’s lead to 14-8.
Burk would be the next to score a try in the match. From a great run, in the 20thminute, she would defeat a series of U.S. defenders and would convert her own try to push the score line to 21-8. However, this would be the high point for Canada, as only three minutes later, U.S. number 8, Jordan Gray, would score a converted try to bring the score line to 21-15.
Just under 10 minutes later, the U.S. would take the lead for the first time in the match when Gray scored her second try of the match after a great dummy. The score would remain 22 – 21 for the U.S. until half time.
“We had moments of amazing rugby and then we’d kind of fall back on defence,” Gauthier said. “They saw the gaps and used the mistakes that we made. But when it was great it was great, we just have to build for the next game.”
The first 15 minutes after the break would see Canada mount great pressure in an attempt to regain the lead but fail to break the U.S. line. In the 52nd minute it looked like Gauthier was about to score in the corner for Canada, but a great cover tackle by the American full back, Jessica Wooden, would prevent her from grounding the ball.
As in most sports a missed opportunity at one end, ends up as a score at the other. Within minutes of that play, the same American full back would score herself after a great individual run, making the score 29-21 for the U.S.
The U.S. would extend their lead in the 61st minute after their replacement hooker, Sam Pankey, got around the Canadian defence for a try making the score 36-21. For much of the rest of the match, Canada again mounted considerable pressure but were unable to score. Twice Canada had great scoring opportunities only to see the bounce of the ball not go their way.
The last try of the match would go to Canada when Julianne Zussman crossed the line with only a couple of minutes left, making the final score 36-28, and securing Canada a four try bonus point.
“We definitely need to work on our defence, hitting low when we go into contact,” Gauthier said. “We’re a little high so maybe bringing that down and doing just a little bit better than we did today will give us a good result Sunday.”
Andrea Burk (3)
Jordan Gray (2)
Kimber Rozier (4)
Canada’s Roster vs. USA: (Club), Hometown, Province
1 – Laura Russell – Captain, (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
2 – Mary-Jane Kirby, (Highland RFC) Brampton, ON
3 – Olivia DeMerchant, (Woodstock Wildmen) Mapledale, NB
4 – Tyson Beukeboom, (Aurora Barbarians) Uxbridge, ON
5 – Maria Samson, (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
6 – Barbara Mervin, (Velox RFC) Peterborough, ON
7 – Latoya Blackwood, (St. Anne de Bellevue) Montreal, QC
8 – Cindy Nelles, (Oakville Crusaders / Belleville Bulldogs) Belleville, ON
9 – Lori Josephson, (Aurora Barbarians) Beaverton, ON
10 – Alex Tessier, (Montreal Barbarians) Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QB
11 – Lisa Gauthier, (St-Anne de Bellevue), St-Bernardino, ON
12 – Andrea Burk, (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC
13 – Amanda Thornborough, (Brandon Barbarians RFC) Brandon, MB
14 – Katie McNally (Velox Valkries) Guelph, ON
15 – Julianne Zussman, (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
16 – Tiffany Picketts (UVIC VIKES/ Abbotsford Rugby Club), Abbotsford, BC
17 – Julia Folk, (Regina Rogues), Regina, SK
18 – DaLeaka Menin, (Hornets) Vulcan, AB
19 – Camille Provencal-Aube, (Abénakis et CRQ) Sherbrooke, QB
20 – Jacey Murphy, (Aurora Barbarians) Alliston, ON
21 – Gillian Allen, (Kirin) Saskatoon, SK
22 – Jess Neilson, (Meraloma) Vancouver, BC
23 – Natasha Smith, (Barrhaven Scottish) Ottawa, ON
Senior Women’s Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Francois Ratier
Forwards Coach: Shaun Allen
Backs Coach: Colette McAuley
Scrum Coach: Gary Dukelow (West) John Lavery (East)
Analyst: James Kent
Manager: Meaghan Howat
Tour Manager: Nicole Crowley
USA Roster vs. Canada:
1. Catherine Benson
2. Kathryn Augustyn
3. Hope Rogers
4. Stacey Bridges
5. Molly Kinsella
6. Joanna Kitlinski
7. Elizabeth Cairns
8. Jordan Gray
9. Deven Owsiany
10. Lauren Rhode
11. Cheta Emba
12. Kimberly Rozier
13. Jane Paar (C)
14. Kelsi Stockert
15. Jessica Wooden
16. Samantha Pankey
17. Baylee Annis
18. Tiffany Faaee
19. Alycia Washington
20. Sara Parsons
21. Jennifer Lui
22. Nicole Heavirland
23. Bianca Dalal