FR

Canadian Olympic Team Official Website

Rugby: women make history, reach World Cup final

Rugby: women make history, reach World Cup final

By Asif Hossain

A sensational start to the second half helped Canada make Women’s Rugby World Cup history, beating France 18-16 in the semifinals, securing its first-ever final berth – a dream date against England on Sunday.

Canada has finished fourth three times at the World Cup. By virtue of its semifinal victory, it has guaranteed its best ever finish ahead of the final. The World Cup decider is currently scheduled to air on TSN 2 at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 17.

Prior to conceding two tries to Canada in the second half, France had yet to give up one in the entire World Cup.

The stingy French defence kept Canada from creating much momentum in the early going. Capitalizing on an error, France took a 3-0 lead through Sandrine Agricole making the most of a penalty.

The powerful Canadian scrum, that surprised England in the round robin stage, began to assert itself halfway through the opening period as the visitors’ physical pressure led to a shift in momentum.

After a yellow card to France’s Caroline Ladagnous, Canada had a chance to gain advantage up a player for 10 minutes. Magali Harvey converted the resulting penalty from Ladagnous’ infraction leveling the match 3-3.

Despite being down a player France pressed on and Agricole kicked her second penalty of the match to put the French ahead 6-3.

RELATED: Canada-England draw 13-13 in group play

Toward the end of first half Canada lost scrumhalf Stephanie Bernier to a knee injury. Bernier needed to be carted off the pitch and throughout the rest of the match substitutes consoled the injured player who was carried back to the dugout to witness the historic triumph.

Shortly after Bernier’s unfortunate exit, a penalty was assessed to Ladagnous for a hit on Harvey. The Canadian calmly stepped up from 34 metres and tied the match 6-6 at intermission.

Whatever points Canada left on the table in the first half during Ladagnous’ temporary ouster, they quickly made amends in the second.

A French breakdown created a giant opening for Elissa Alarie who sprinted through acres of space for the first try of the match and against France at the World Cup.

Harvey missed the conversion but she more than made up for it shortly afterward running nearly the length of the field for another try, this time converting to give Canada an eye-popping 18-6 lead at the 47th minute that hushed the partisan crowd at Stade Jean-Bouin.

Feeling the pressure of being ousted at home, France made its presence felt over the next half hour, eventually resulting in a try for Safi N’Diaye though Agricole’s failed conversion kept Canada ahead 18-11.

France’s momentum increased when Mary Jane Kirby was sent to the sin bin forcing the Canadians to finish the match with 14 players.

N’Diaye again gave the French hope with a second try but Agricole’s kick let her down one more time, confirming the 18-16 final.

Earlier in the day England enjoyed a convincing 40-7 win over Ireland.

Canada and England both came out of Pool A – the only group to send two semifinalists. The sides played to a 13-13 draw, leaving both teams with unfinished business in what is a very fitting World Cup final.

Videos: Courtesy of SendtoNews via Rugby Canada

By Asif Hossain

Olympic Club

Feature Poll

TO2015 Pan Am VenuesSee All

Venue Guide: Beach Volleyball Centre

Upcoming GamesSee All

2015 Toronto

2015 Toronto

Toronto was awarded the 2015 Pan American Games on November 6, 2009, defeating bids from Lima, Peru and Bogota, Colombia….

Top Team Canada Fans

Dirk Viemann

Current Level

Veteran

  • Total: 622 points
  • Earned this week: 622 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 128 points

Meli Freixa

Current Level

Veteran

  • Total: 545 points
  • Earned this week: 545 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 205 points

Derek Tupper

Current Level

Veteran

  • Total: 545 points
  • Earned this week: 545 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 205 points

Lawrence Lam

Current Level

Veteran

  • Total: 520 points
  • Earned this week: 520 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 230 points

Mariko Hurst

Current Level

Veteran

  • Total: 512 points
  • Earned this week: 512 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 238 points

Mark Andrew

Current Level

Veteran

  • Total: 512 points
  • Earned this week: 512 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 238 points

Victor Vitaliano

Current Level

Veteran

  • Total: 505 points
  • Earned this week: 505 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 245 points

HJ Murray

Current Level

Veteran

  • Total: 501 points
  • Earned this week: 501 points
  • Next Level: Captain
  • Needed: 249 points

Website by zync.ca | Programmed by Trew Knowledge | Powered by WordPress.com VIP

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 896 other followers

Join the Canadian Olympic Club

Join the Canadian Olympic Club, an all-access community uniting and rewarding Team Canada fans – it’s free.

Gain points, rewards and get email updates from your Canadian Olympic Team.