Canada opened the day with a convincing 38-0 win over Japan before another lopsided victory over Ireland, 26-0. Canada claimed top spot in Pool C after beating England 5-0 in their final match on Saturday. Head coach John Tait was very pleased with Canada’s defensive effort on Day One. Canada did not concede a single point, while outscoring their three opponents 69-0.
“Obviously the defence and keeping a clean sheet for Day One is always a challenge, not to have those letdowns,” said Tait. “We’ve worked hard in the last week, particularly looking at a lot of video where we can improve our defence. The structure was there, it’s just a matter of us being calm.”
It’s the first time this season Canada did not concede a single point in a day of competition.
“It’s pretty impressive nobody scored any points on us,” said Captain Jen Kish. “We all know defence wins games and it just goes to show that when you’re on with your defence you’re going to come out with a 3-0 on Day One.”
Canada was in the same position at last year’s Canada Sevens where they finished 3-0 on Day One before bowing out in the Cup Quarterfinals, losing two of their three matches on Day Two. Kish missed last year’s tournament due to injury, but knows what it will take to be successful this time around.
“There’s always room for improvement,” said Kish. “We’re just going to maintain our focus on where to attack on teams weaknesses and it’s all about having your vision up and when our vision is up and we’re looking and scanning and breathing and our minds keep working we’re going to have a successful Day Two. It’s one game at a time and it’s a game of inches, that’s how we did well today.”
Tait doesn’t think his team is in for a repeat performance.
“It will be different this year, because of last year.”
CANADA 38-0 JAPAN
Playing in front of their home crowd, Canada’s women’s sevens team opened the Canada Sevens with a dominating 38-0 win. Canada controlled much of the play in the match, with Japan’s only real threat coming on a tryline stand by the Canadian defence.
Karen Paquin opened the scoring in the first minute, while Bianca Farella added two first half tries to give Canada a 21-0 lead at half. The second half was much of the same, with Canada scoring another three tries as Kayla Moleschi, Britt Benn and Kelly Russell all touched down.
CANADA 26-0 IRELAND
Canada followed up their opening win with another strong performance, this time a 26-0 win over Ireland. The Irish hung tough with the Canadians in the opening half, but with Canada pinned in their own try zone, Bianca Farella went the length of the pitch to give Canada a 7-0 lead at the break.
Canada continued their dominant defensive effort against England, scrapping out a 5-0 win to take Pool C. Bianca Farella provided the only points of the match, scoring in the final seconds of the first half. It was Farella’s fourth try of the tournament, the most by any Canadian player.