Canada’s Women have been knocked out of the Rugby Sevens World Cup after a heartbreaking last-second defeat to France in the quarterfinals. They will next face Spain in the 5/8 place playoffs.
Canada 19-24 France – Quarterfinals
Tries: Ghislaine Landry, Charity Williams, Bianca Farella
Conversions: Ghislaine Landry (2)
Canada did not get off to the start they were hoping for at AT&T Park in San Francisco. France quickly opened the scoring with a neat offload on the inside, before they once again showed some good support play to score their second in the corner and take a 12-point lead. Captain, Ghislaine Landry ensured her team went in to the break with a chance, scoring and converting her own try on the stroke of halftime to make it a five-point ball game. 7-12.
Canada took the lead for the first time in the second half when Charity Williams scored one of the tries of the day, cutting inside and gliding past three defenders in what turned out to be a very entertaining game between two evenly matched sides. France and Canada again traded tries to level the game up at 19-19 with less than a minute to go, Bianca Farella touching down for Canada to ensure a stressful finish. It wasn’t to be for Canada as the French got their revenge for the Paris defeat by dotting down with the final play of the game and breaking Canadian hearts. 19-24.
Canada 43-19 Brazil – Round of 16
Tries: Britt Benn, Kayla Moleschi, Julia Greenshields, Bianca Farella, Sara Kaljuvee, Pam Buisa, Natasha Watcham-Roy.
Conversions: Ghislaine Landry (3), Breanne Nicholas (1)
Canada were in the mood for scoring on day one at AT&T Park in San Francisco, producing a powerful performance and touching down on seven occasions to claim a comfortable win over Brazil in the round of sixteen. Britt Benn was the first to get on the scoresheet for Canada, racing away for the opening try within seconds of the kickoff. Landry added the extras to give Canada a 7-0 lead.
Kayla Moleschi extended the lead for Canada shortly after, selling a dummy before going straight through to dot down under the sticks. Brazil hit back with a try of their own through 19-year-old speedster, Bianca Silva, reducing Canada’s lead to seven points. The end-to-end action continued with Canada’s Julia Greenshields running 80 metres for Canada’s third five-pointer, before Sara Kaljuvee crashed over to give the Maple Leafs a 24-7 lead at the break.
Brazil’s flying 19-year-old, Bianca Silva scored her second of the game with a beautiful solo try to reduce Canada’s lead to ten points in the second half. But a further three tries from Bianca Farella, Pam Buisa and Natasha Watcham-Roy was too much for the South Americans as Canada walked away with a comfortable win.
Canada’s Rugby World Cup Sevens Roster:
Olivia Apps, Lindsay RFC (Lindsay, ON)
Britt Benn, Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)
Pam Buisa, Ottawa Irish (Gatineau, QC)
Caroline Crossley, Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Bianca Farella, Town of Mount Royal RCF (Montreal, QC)
Julia Greenshields, Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)
Sara Kaljuvee, Toronto Scottish (Ajax, ON)
Ghislaine Landry, Captain, Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON)
Kayla Moleschi, Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)
Breanne Nicholas, London St. Georges RFC (Blenheim, ON)
Natasha Watcham-Roy, Hull Volant (Gatineau, QC)
Charity Williams, Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)