The women’s rugby squad had a perfect first day at Canada Sevens in Langford, BC, winning all three pool matches with absolutely no points scored against. Unfortunately a loss to France on day two knocked them out of cup contention.
A strong line of defence and buzz of home field adrenaline set the team up to score 69 points against Japan, Ireland and England on Saturday. On day two Canada narrowly lost to France in the cup quarterfinals, bumping them to play for and eventually claim the plate, known as fifth place overall.
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Here is how it all went down…
Day 2 – Sunday
Plate final: Canada 21 – 5 Spain
After bowing out of cup competition early in the day, Canada managed to maintain possession and focus on doing the little things right to bring home some hardware after all. Tries for Canada were scored by Ghislaine Landry, Britt Benn, and Hannah Darling with Kelly Russell and Landry (2) scoring the conversions.
Plate semifinal: Canada 27 – 0 Russia
After losing to France Canada came back to dominate the plate semifinal, shutting down Russia 27-0. Canada was able to hold off the Russians completely, adding another shutout to their tournament performance. Tries were scored by Benn, Karen Paquin (2), Charity Williams, and Megan Lukan. Landry added a conversion to complete the scoring.
Cup quarterfinal: Canada 12 – 14 France
Canada took an early lead in their first match of day two, ending the first half in the lead 12-0 over France. In the second half however, control shifted to France as they scored two tries and two conversions to edge over Canada by two points in the final seconds. Tries for Canada were scored by Kayla Moleschi and Farella, with Landry scoring a single conversion.
Day 1 – Saturday
Pool match: Canada 5 – 0 England
In the closest match of the day, Canada finished with three wins in as many matches, beating England. Canada held its ground against a one of the elite teams in the women’s game that’s sure to be strong at the Olympic Games this summer. Farella scored the lone try to win Canada’s final game of day, which sent the hosts to the cup quarterfinals on Sunday.
Pool match: Canada 26 – 0 Ireland
Canada beat Ireland 26-0 for its second straight shutout of the day. Highlights included Kayla Mack scoring her first two tries of her World Rugby Sevens Series career. Also scoring were Russell and Farella. Conversions were scored by Russell and Landry (2).
Pool match: Canada 38 – 0 Japan
Canada cruised by Japan 38-0 in its opening match of the day. Tries were scored by Russell, Farella (2), Benn, Paquin, and Moleschi. Conversions were scored by Russell (2) and Landry (2).
See highlights from day one here: