CLERMONT — Canada were perfect on the opening day of the Clermont Sevens after going 3-0 in pool play.
Canada will play its cup quarterfinal at 6am ET/3am PT LIVE on www.worldrugby.org. Canada beat Brazil, England and Russia in the pool stages.
The Clermont 7s will see Ashley Steacy’s glittering career come to a close as she is set to retire after the tournament, while Kaili Lukan, the younger sister of Megan, makes her debut on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series. Steacy also passed the 200 point plateau for her career on Day 1.
Ghislaine Landry also became the first women to surpass 800 career points on the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series circuit.
Canada is the defending cup champion in Clermont after beating Australia in last years final.
CANADA 29-0 BRAZIL
It was a dream start for debutant Kaili Lukan as she scored twice in a dominating opening win for Canada.
Tries from Charity Williams and Natasha Watcham-Roy gave Canada a 12-0 lead inside the opening two minutes before Lukan got her first series try, shrugging off a tackle and then breaking through three defenders for a 17-0 lead at half time.
Bianca Farella’s try made it 22-0 before Lukan grabbed her second try of the day with Ashley Steacy converting to ensure a solid start for Canada on Day 1.
CANADA 45-0 ENGLAND
Canada crushed England behind a seven-try performance to move to 2-0 in the pool stages while Ghislaine Landry passed the 800 point plateau for her career.
Hannah Darling’s try got things going for Canada with Landry’s converting pushing her past 800 points.
Charity Williams and Julia Greenshields’ tries pushed the lead to 17-0 while Britt Benn grabbed a fourth try before the break for a 24-0 advantage.
Canada got second half tries from Landry, Bianca Farella and Natasha Watcham-Roy as they sealed a 45-0 win.
CANADA 24-14 RUSSIA
Canada were made to work for their third win of the day against a resiliant Russian side.
Hannah Darling got things going for Canada early on but Russia fought back before the break as Arina Bystrova tied things up at 7-7 at half time.
Julia Greenshields restored Canada’s lead early in the second half as she wasn’t held in the tackle before getting up and diving over before Marina Kukina gave Russia a 14-12 lead as she found a hole in the Canadian defence.
However, it didn’t take long for Canada to have the lead again as Charity Williams put her side up 19-14 before Ghislaine Landry scored her 98th series try to secure victory and a perfect Day 1.
Canada’s Clermont-Ferrand Sevens Roster (Name, club, hometown):
Britt Benn – Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)
Pamphinette Buisa – Ottawa Irish (Gatineau, QC)
Caroline Crossley – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Hannah Darling – Peterborough Pagans (Warsaw, ON)
Bianca Farella – Town of Mount Royal RFC (Montreal, QC)
Julia Greenshields – Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)
Ghislaine Landry (C) – Toronto Scottish RFC (Toronto, ON)
Kaili Lukan – Unattached (Barrie, ON)
Megan Lukan – Unattached (Barrie, ON)
Breanne Nicholas – London St. George RFC (Blenheim, ON)
Ashley Steacy – Lethbridge Rugby Club (Lethbridge, AB)
Natasha Watcham-Roy – Hull Volant (Gatineau, QC)
Charity Williams – Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)
Jen Kish – Edmonton Rockers (Edmonton, AB)
Kayla Moleschi – Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)
Meaghan Howat – Manager
John Tait – Head Coach
Sandro Fiorino – Assistant Coach
Morgan Williams – Assistant Coach
Canada’s Clermont-Ferrand Sevens Day 1 Schedule (Saturday, June 24):
Canada 29-0 Brazil
Canada 45-0 England
Canada 24-14 Russia
Canada’s Clermont-Ferrand Sevens Day 2 Schedule (Sunday, June 25: