Nia Toliver sprinted her way to a hat trick before half-time and the All Americans spread the scoring around after that, striding their way to a flashy 58-0 victory over BC Rugby’s under-18 women.
Toliver opened the scoring only seconds into the game, as the ICEF (California) product wrenched her way though a trio of BC tacklers. Her second try came in similar style a few minutes later, to stake the USA Rugby High School All-Americans to a 10-0 first half lead.
BC seemed poised to cut the deficit, but Shaye Tudor and Danika Elias were both turned away within meters of the All-Americans try line.
As the halftime approached, BC shifted their defensive focus to key in on the speedy Toliver, but that left significant holes elsewhere in the BC tackle line, which the Americans were clinical in exploiting. A pair of quick tries in the first half’s final minutes left the score at 22-0 and gave the game a markedly different complexion heading into the break.
BC shook things up with several reserve players coming into the game to start the second frame, but the Americans continued to dictate play, seemingly scoring at will once the key BC tacklers began to flag under the constant pressure and exertion.
The All-Americans pounded the BC tackle line looking for gaps, and as the BC tacklers poured into support, several potential overlaps began to form on the wings. Time and time again the All-Americans were able to get clean ball and swing passes out the to backs, who then dashed in from distance, including tries by Daz Williams and Becca Jane Rosco. Hannah Lewandowski, Leah Ingold and Adi Tamaivena also scored for the All-Americans.
The BC women, however, deserve praise for playing positive and enterprising rugby. They were largely undone on account of not having the pace and athleticism of their counterparts.
“We learned right away how diverse and amazing their group is,” said BC centre Madi Gold. “It will be nice for us to have Saturday to team bond, learn from the game today, try to change some things and get back at it on Sunday.”
The result may sting in the short time, but going head to head against a national program is sure to benefit BC’s athletes in their long-term development.
The game marked the first ever performance from the Girls High School All Americans 15s program.
“Their winger who was marking me (Laura Pfleiderer) was really good and brought a lot of aggression,” said Toliver. “BC was definitely a good competition and a great first game for us.”
The two times line up for the rematch on Sunday at Brentwood College School. Kickoff is an early one at 9:00am.
Game Two – Sunday, August 23, 9:00am
Location for both games: Brentwood College School – 2735 Mount Baker Road, Cowichan Valley
BC Rugby U18 Women’s roster:
|Adel Arndt||Lock/Prop||Vanier High School|
|Bailey Burke||Lock||Lord Tweedsmuir High School|
|Zoe DeFaveri||Prop||Windsor High School|
|Chloe Baird-Titcombe||Flanker||Vanier High School|
|Danika Elias||Flanker||Sardis High School|
|Emma Pfleiderer||Lake City High School|
|Hannah Morten||Hooker||Cowichan High School|
|Mackenzie Carson||#8, Fly Half, Center||Yale High School|
|Sofie Kennedy||Hooker/#8||Stelley’s High School|
|Taya Gagnon||Hooker||Vanier High School|
|Delaney Martin||Lock/Flanker||Brentwood College School|
|Violet Manuel||Lock/Flanker||South Kamloops Senior Secondary|
|Brooklyn Navarette||Prop/Flanker||Brentwood College School|
|Kadeja White||Prop||Robert Bateman High School|
|Lauren Sargent||Scrum||Half Vanier High School|
|Dawson German||Fly Half||Vanier High School|
|Avi Sharabi||Scrum Half||Brentwood College School|
|Carleigh Walters||Wing/Full Back||Lake City High School|
|Brooke Bazian||Wing/Center||South Kamloops Senior Secondary|
|McKenna Haz||Fly Half||Brentwood College School|
|Maddie Gold||Centre||Vanier High School|
|Laura Pfleiderer||Full Back/ Centre||Lake City High School|
|Denise Roy Full||Back/Wing||Brentwood College School|
|Ciel Arbour-Boehme||Centre Brentwood||College School|
|Olivia Kellinghusen||Wing/Full Back||Vanier High School|
|Mariah Fontana||Wing||Cowichan High School|
|Emily Lindsay||Wing||Cowichan High School|
|Girls High School All Americans|
|Tiara A’au||Prop||Grant (Ore.)|
|Sui A’au||Center||Grant (Ore.)|
|Destiny Arena||Hooker||Fallbrook (Calif.)|
|Kayla Canett||Flyhalf||Fallbrook (Calif.)|
|Lilly Durbin||Fullback||Fallbrook (Calif.)|
|Bayleigh Gable||Flyhalf||Grandville (Mich.)|
|Hannah Garcia||Lock||Warsaw (Ind.)|
|Renee Gonzalez||Flanker||Armstrong (Minn.)|
|Natalie Gray||Lock||Summit (Colo.)|
|Emily Henrich||Center||Orchard Park (N.Y.)|
|Leah Ingold||Center||Kent (Wash.)|
|Mililani Leui||No. 8||South Bay (Calif.)|
|Hannah Lewandowski||Prop/Hooker||Rainier Plateau (Wash.)|
|Lolohea Makaafi||Center||Kent (Wash.)|
|Taylor Makowski||Lock||Northside (Colo.)|
|Rian Moala||Lock||South Bay (Calif.)|
|Joanna Moreira||Flanker||Kent (Wash.)|
|Bianca Ortiz-Pallen||Hooker/Flanker||Bishop O’Dowd (Calif.)|
|MaryJane Pasioles||Scrumhalf||Sacramento Amazons (Calif.)|
|Ana Polaulu||Prop||Sacramento Amazons (Calif.)|
|Becca Jane Rosko||Fullback/Wing||Summit (Colo.)|
|Adi Finau Tamaivena||Prop||Kent (Wash.)|
|Nia Toliver||Wing||ICEF (Calif.)|
|Alaina Valenciano||Scrumhalf||Rainier Plateau (Wash.)|
|Caitlin Weigel||Center||Hudson (Ohio)|
|Daz Williams||Wing||West Shore United (Pa.)|
|Emma Workman||Flanker||Fallbrook (Calif.)|