Latoya Blackwood Photo by Neil Kennedy
BONUS POINT VICTORY OVER USA MOVES CANADA’S WOMEN TEAM TO 2-0 IN SUPER SERIES
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – North Vancouver’s Andrea Burk had 18 points as Canada’s Women’s Rugby Team won its second straight game at the Women’s Rugby Super Series after a 33-5 victory over hosts USA in Utah Tuesday afternoon.
Burk, DaLeaka Menin, Brittany Waters and Julianne Zussman all had tries for Canada who can now clinch the trophy with a win over France on Saturday.
“I’m really pleased with this performance,” Burk said. “We’re really coming togther, players one through 26, we’re coming onto the field to play together. It really showed today.”
Through two games, Canada has scored 85 points while conceeding just 22 en route to a perfect 2-0 record.
“I’m really pleased with the outcome of the game,” Interim Head Coach Shaun Allen said. “Scoring four tries in the game says really good things about the way our team is coming together.”
After a clinical performance against England in their opening game, Canada came out firing once more Tuesday as Waters got Canada on the board just sevens minutes in as she took Zussman’s offload to the house for an early 7-0 lead.
USA’s promising young prop Hope Rogers got the hosts right back in the contest though as she powered her way over the line in the 18th minute to cut the lead to 7-5.
“We had a really good performance on defence today,” Allen said. “The Americans put quite a bit of pressure on us in the first half but having those players who played in the first test out there to keep our composure and deal with it without putting us in a hole allowed us to compete in the rest of the half.”
With Canada continuing to push forward with no result on the scoreboard, it wasn’t until the 34th minute the visitors could add to their lead as Burk slotted her first penalty of the day before Menin pushed her way over the line to grab Canada’s second try minutes before the half time whistle to give Canada a 17-5 lead at the interval.
It was an ideal start to the second half for Canada as the USA’s Jenn Sever was sin binned for an infraction at the breakdown in the 44th minute allowing Burk to push Canada’s lead to 20-5.
It was then Burk’s turn to get in on the try-scoring fun four minutes later as off of a driving maul, Canada swung the ball wide where Burk picked up the ball at the back of a breakdown and bulldozed her way over the try line for a 25-5 advantage.
After Burk added a third penalty, Zussman completed the scoring in the 77th minute as with the USA down to 14 players again — Jamila Reinhardt in the bin for a breakdown infringement — the Montreal native took Waters’ skip pass and raced in for Canada’s fourth try to seal another emphatic win for the fourth ranked Canadians.
“There’s a lot of pride in our group,” Allen said. “There’s a willingness to play well for each other and for their country and Saturday is another day in which we get to show what we are capable of.”
Canada will face France in its final game on Saturday where a win will clinch them the tournament title. Kickoff is 3pm ET/12pm PT and can be seen LIVE at www.therugbychannel.tv.
“With our team we come to play every game as it is on the day,” Burk said. “We’re not looking for a title win, we are looking to build our skills. There’s so much more we can improve from this game and we are looking to raise the bar every time.”
Canada’s Roster vs. USA (Name, club, hometown):
1. Carolyn McEwen (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club), Vancouver, BC
2. Jane Kirby (Highland RFC) Brampton, ON
3. DaLeaka Menin (Hornets) Vulcan, AB
4. Laura Russell captain (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
5. Kayla Mack (Wild Oats) Saskatoon, SK
6. Barbara Mervin (Velox RFC) Peterborough, ON
7. Latoya Blackwood (St. Anne de Bellevue/Toulouse) Montreal, QC
8. Jacey Grusnick (Aurora Barbarians) Alliston, ON
9. Chelsea Guthrie (Stratchona Druids) Edmonton, AB
10. Emily Belchos (Markham Irish) Barrie, ON
11. Katie McNally (Castaway Wanderers) Guelph, ON
12. Andrea Burk (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC
13. Alex Tessier (Montreal Barbarians) Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QB
14. Brittany Waters (Castaway Wanderers) Vancouver, BC
15. Julianne Zussman (Castaway Wanderers) Montreal, QC
16. Julia Folk (UVic/Castaway Wanderers), Regina, SK
17. Demi Stamatakis (SFU) Vancouver, BC
18. Olivia DeMerchant (Woodstock Wildmen) Mapledale, NB
19. Tyson Beukeboom (Aurora Barbarians) Uxbridge, ON
20. Fabiola Forteza (Club de Rugby de Quebec) Quebec, QC
21. Brianna Miller (SABRFC), Pointe-Claire, QC
22. Anais Holly (TMRRFC) Montreal, QC
23. Frédérique Rajotte (Sainte Anne de Bellevue RFC) Sainte Anne de Bellevue, QC
Canada’s Women’s Rugby Super Series Staff:
Shaun Allen- Interim Head Coach*
Colette McAuley- Rugby Canada Development Coach
Gary Dukelow- Scrum Coach
Nicole Crowley- Tour Manager
Nicole Ainsworth- Therapist
Jaimie McCartney- Strength and Conditioning
James Kent – Analyst
* Senior women’s head coach Francois Ratier is not on tour due to personal reasons
Canada’s Women’s Rugby Super Series Schedule:
Canada 52-17 England
Canada 33-5 USA
Canada vs. France — July 9, 3pm ET/12pm PT
USA Team vs. Canada
1. Catherine Benson
2. Kathryn Augustyn
3. Hope Rogers
4. Stacey Bridges (C)
5. Molly Kinsella
6. Elizabeth Cairns
7. Nicole Strasko
8. Jordan Gray
9. Jennifer Lui
10. Kimberly Rozier
11. Cheta Emba
12. Jenn Sever
13. Nate Serevi
14. Saskia Morgan
15. Jessica Wooden
16. Joanna Kitlinski
17. Tiffany Faaee
18. Jamila Reinhardt
19. Alycia Washington
20. Christiane Pheil
21. Deven Owsiany
22. Megan Foster
23. Naya Tapper
Tries: DaLeaka Menin, Brittany Waters, Andrea Burk, Julianne Zussman
Conversions: Andrea Burk (2)
Penalties: Andrea Burk (3)
Tries: Hope Rogers