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Canada 7s - Langford 2016


Canada 7s - Jubilation after scoring a try
© Chris Wilson

Canada Win Plate Defeating Spain in Final: England Win Cup Final


posted April 17 2016
[ed. comments below]

It was another successful event at Langford, sunny skies and a capacity crowd. Some of the supporting facilities are starting to creak a bit under the weight of popularity. The media room never felt smaller as more foreign media are taking an interest in the tournament. The overflow parking was overflowing, all good problems for organizers but this looks to be the growth limit for this facility. There was talk heard at the Vancouver event of merging the men's and women's Canada 7s at BC Place. We'll wait and see on that one.

Canada again went 3-0 on Day 1 and stumbled in the second game of Day 2. In the media room the words deja vu were heard over and over again. Also talking to people in the crowd the word "substitutions" with a downcast look and a shake of the head was a common theme after the France loss. Still a Plate win is an improvement over last year, and light years ahead of where the men's program is right now. The defensive structure that coach John Tait has devised and that the players are implementing is winning games in the big picture. In the game to game details a knock on here, a ref's call there, a bounce of the ball, a missed tackle, a injudicious substitution can alter the outcome when teams are evenly matched.

No doubt the home crowd brings extra motivation but also extra pressure and that's good to experience with the Olympics looming. There will be immense pressure at that quadrennial event so best to see how players handle the extra pressure now and that will assist in selections.

Day 2 Video - 4 hours


Rugby Canada Report

Canada’s women’s sevens team made amends for a Cup Quarterfinal loss by capturing the Plate title at the Canada Sevens with a 21-5 win over Spain.

The fifth place finish is certainly not what the Canadians had hoped for on home soil, but the resolve shown after a disappointing Cup Quarterfinal left the team feeling confident heading into their final series event next month in France.

Canada bowed out of Cup competition earlier in the day with a heartbreaking 14-12 loss to France in the quarterfinals. The Canadians had led 12-0 with two minutes to play, but conceded two late tries as France stunned the hosts.

“We just lost one game and probably played only two real bad minutes the whole tournament,” said head coach John Tait. “But that’s the beauty of sevens, the key moment when you come apart can be your undoing.”

Canada was in the same position at last year’s Canada Sevens where they finished 3-0 on Day One before bowing out in the Cup Quarterfinals, losing two of their three matches on Day Two.

Tait said he didn’t need to deliver a message to his team after the loss to France.

“There’s no need to kick them when they’re down,” said Tait. “We all made mistakes in the Quarterfinal (against France) across the board. I made some mistakes, but it’s all in hindsight. We just have to move on and learn from it and we’ll be a little bit better for the experience.”

While Tait didn’t want to harp on his team after the loss to France, captain Jen Kish did say teammate Ghislaine Landry pulled the team aside.

“(She) pulled us together and said ‘we need to leave it where it was and focus on the next match and we’ll revisit it after the tournament,’” said Kish. “That’s exactly what we did.”

Now that the tournament is over, Canada will have time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t, but none of the players seemed to dwell on Sunday’s only loss.

“Each one of these tours is a stepping stone towards the Olympics,” said Britt Benn. “It’s figuring out what works for us and what doesn’t work.”

“It’s how you turn around from it and come back with a positive mindset.”

Canadian veteran Kelly Russell, who has been with the team for a decade, echoed Benn’s comments.

“It’s a learning process but to win it we’ve got to be on every second of the game,” said Russell. “We’re training hard these days, we’re going full at it, and it’s just mental. We have the skills, we have the gameplan, the systems, but we’ve got to be able to execute every second.”

CANADA 12-14 FRANCE

Canada were in control for much of the match, but

Bianca Farella opened the scoring for the hosts as Canada staked an early 7-0 lead.

Dominating possession for much of the first half, Canada added to their lead through a Kayla Moleschi try and took a comfortable 12-0 lead into the second half.

Nothing suggested France were going to stage a last minute comeback, but as often seen in sevens rugby, the game can turn on a dime.

France cut the lead to 12-7 then scored again after the hooter had sounded to tie the match 12-12. France’s Shannon Izar then nailed a difficult conversion to give France the win at the death.

With his team dominating the pace of play and controlling much of the match, head coach John Tait made three substitutes with his team leading by twelve the final two minutes.

“We were up two scores with two minutes left and we turned the ball over three times and missed three tackles and that’s unfortunately enough to let the team back in it to decide it in the end,” said Tait.

“Hindsight’s 20/20, we would have left those girls in a little longer but we just judged it off how they played yesterday and the bench did a good job and today we just didn’t get the same finish from them.”

It is an all too familiar feeling for head coach John Tait and his team, who went a perfect 3-0 on day one in Langford last year, before falling in the Cup Quarterfinals.

“We will use the way we finished last year, we had a similar outcome and ended up losing our final game of the day,” said Tait. “We just want to finish with some decent performances.”

CANADA 27-0 RUSSIA

It was another dominating performance from Canada, who pitched their fourth shutout in five matches at the Canada Sevens with a 27-0 win over Russia.

There was no letdown after a disappointing loss to France earlier in the day as the Canadians jumped out to an early 5-0 lead with a Charity Williams try in the opening minute.

Canada continued to mount pressure on the Russians, with consistent phase play that kept the Russians on their back foot.

Karen Paquin and Megan Lukan added two more first half tries as Canada took a 17-0 lead into the break.

It was much of the same in the final seven minutes with Paquin adding her second try of the match while Britt Benn capped off the win with a try of her own.

CANADA 21-5 SPAIN

After suffering a Cup Quarterfinal loss early on Saturday, Canada finished the Canada Sevens in winning fashion claiming the Plate title with a 21-5 win over Spain.

Canada fed off the energy of the hometown crowd, jumping out to a 14-0 halftime lead thanks to trys from Ghislaine Landry and Hannah Darling.

Having held most of the possession in the opening half, Canada padded their lead two minutes into the second half through a try from Britt Benn.

With the game all but sealed, Spain scored a late try to ruin the shutout for the Canadians, who held four of their six opponents off the scoresheet this weekend.

Canada’s Roster for the Atlanta Sevens (name, club, hometown):

Britt Benn – (Guelph Redcoats) Napanee, ON
Hannah Darling – (Peterborough Pagans) Warsaw, ON
Bianca Farella – (Town of Mont Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
Julia Greenshields - (Sarnia Saints) Sarnia, ON
Jen Kish – (Edmonton Rockers) Edmonton, AB
Ghislaine Landry – (Toronto Scottish) Toronto, ON
Megan Lukan – (Unattached) Barrie, ON
Kayla Mack – (Wild Oats) Saskatoon, SK
Kayla Moleschi - (Williams Lake Rustlers) Williams Lake, BC
Karen Paquin - (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Kelly Russell - (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
Charity Williams – (Markham Irish) Toronto, ON

Unavailable for selection due to injury:

Elissa Alarie - (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois-Rivieres, QC
Magali Harvey - (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Emmanuela Jada (Guelph Redcoats) Guelph, ON
Ashley Steacy - (Lethbridge Rugby Club) Lethbridge, AB
Natasha Watcham-Roy – (Hull Volant) Gatineau, QC

Canada's Coaching Staff:

John Tait – Head Coach
Sandro Fiorino – Assistant Coach
Meaghan Howat – Manager
Sandeep Nandhra – Athletic Therapist
Tyler Goodale – Strength & Conditioning

Canada’s Langford Sevens Day 1 Schedule:

Canada 38-0 Japan
Canada 26-0 Ireland
Canada 5-0 England

Canada’s Langford Sevens Day 2 Schedule:

Canada 12-14 France (Cup Quarterfinals)
Canada 27-0 Russia (Plate Semi Finals)
Canada 21-5 Spain (Plate Final)


Canada 3-0 on Day 1 - Face France in Cup Quarter-Finals


posted April 16 2016
from Rugby Canada - photos by Chris Wilson

LANGFORD, BC – Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team are through to the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens Cup Quarterfinals after going a perfect 3-0 in pool play and will face France tomorrow morning at Westhills Stadium.

Canada opened the day with a convincing 38-0 win over Japan before another lopsided victory over Ireland, 26-0. Canada claimed top spot in Pool C after beating England 5-0 in their final match on Saturday. Head coach John Tait was very pleased with Canada’s defensive effort on Day One. Canada did not concede a single point, while outscoring their three opponents 69-0.



“Obviously the defence and keeping a clean sheet for Day One is always a challenge, not to have those letdowns,” said Tait. “We’ve worked hard in the last week, particularly looking at a lot of video where we can improve our defence. The structure was there, it’s just a matter of us being calm.”

It’s the first time this season Canada did not concede a single point in a day of competition.

“It’s pretty impressive nobody scored any points on us,” said Captain Jen Kish. “We all know defence wins games and it just goes to show that when you’re on with your defence you’re going to come out with a 3-0 on Day One.”

Canada was in the same position at last year’s Canada Sevens where they finished 3-0 on Day One before bowing out in the Cup Quarterfinals, losing two of their three matches on Day Two. Kish missed last year’s tournament due to injury, but knows what it will take to be successful this time around.

“There’s always room for improvement,” said Kish. “We’re just going to maintain our focus on where to attack on teams weaknesses and it’s all about having your vision up and when our vision is up and we’re looking and scanning and breathing and our minds keep working we’re going to have a successful Day Two. It’s one game at a time and it’s a game of inches, that’s how we did well today.”

Tait doesn’t think his team is in for a repeat performance.

“It will be different this year, because of last year.”

CANADA 38-0 JAPAN

Playing in front of their home crowd, Canada’s women’s sevens team opened the Canada Sevens with a dominating 38-0 win. Canada controlled much of the play in the match, with Japan’s only real threat coming on a tryline stand by the Canadian defence.

Karen Paquin opened the scoring in the first minute, while Bianca Farella added two first half tries to give Canada a 21-0 lead at half. The second half was much of the same, with Canada scoring another three tries as Kayla Moleschi, Britt Benn and Kelly Russell all touched down.

CANADA 26-0 IRELAND

Canada followed up their opening win with another strong performance, this time a 26-0 win over Ireland. The Irish hung tough with the Canadians in the opening half, but with Canada pinned in their own try zone, Bianca Farella went the length of the pitch to give Canada a 7-0 lead at the break.

Canada continued to play at a high level in the second half, with Kayla Mack taking the second half restart in for her first ever World Rugby Sevens Series try.
“It was great, it’s always nice to get the try but every moment on the field with the girls is such an adventure and so much fun and whenever anyone gets one it feels like a team try,” said an excited Mack.

Mack followed that up with her second try in as many minutes and Kelly Russell added a fourth Canadian try in the closing seconds as Canada claimed a 26-0 victory.

CANADA 5-0 ENGLAND

Canada continued their dominant defensive effort against England, scrapping out a 5-0 win to take Pool C. Bianca Farella provided the only points of the match, scoring in the final seconds of the first half. It was Farella’s fourth try of the tournament, the most by any Canadian player.

For the full Canada Sevens schedule, please click here. The cup final will kick off at 9:05pm ET/6:05pm PT Sunday. The entire tournament can be seen LIVE at www.worldrugby.org

Canada’s Roster for the Atlanta Sevens (name, club, hometown):

Britt Benn – (Guelph Redcoats) Napanee, ON
Hannah Darling – (Peterborough Pagans) Warsaw, ON
Bianca Farella – (Town of Mont Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
Julia Greenshields - (Sarnia Saints) Sarnia, ON
Jen Kish – (Edmonton Rockers) Edmonton, AB
Ghislaine Landry – (Toronto Scottish) Toronto, ON
Megan Lukan – (Unattached) Barrie, ON
Kayla Mack – (Wild Oats) Saskatoon, SK
Kayla Moleschi - (Williams Lake Rustlers) Williams Lake, BC
Karen Paquin - (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Kelly Russell - (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
Charity Williams – (Markham Irish) Toronto, ON

Unavailable for selection due to injury:

Elissa Alarie - (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois-Rivieres, QC
Magali Harvey - (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Emmanuela Jada (Guelph Redcoats) Guelph, ON
Ashley Steacy - (Lethbridge Rugby Club) Lethbridge, AB
Natasha Watcham-Roy – (Hull Volant) Gatineau, QC

Canada's Coaching Staff:

John Tait – Head Coach
Sandro Fiorino – Assistant Coach
Meaghan Howat – Manager
Sandeep Nandhra – Athletic Therapist
Tyler Goodale – Strength & Conditioning

Canada’s Langford Sevens Day 1 Schedule:

Canada 38-0 Japan
Canada 26-0 Ireland
Canada 5-0 England

Canada’s Langford Sevens Day 2 Schedule:

Canada vs. France at 1:44pm ET/10:44am PT



Tait Makes Two Changes from Atlanta for Home Tournament


from Rugby Canada
posted April 13 2016

Langford, BC - Canada’s Women’s Sevens head coach John Tait has announced his roster for the Canada Sevens, the fourth round of the 2015-16 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series taking place in Langford, BC April 16-17 at Westhills Stadium.

After finishing fourth at the Atlanta Sevens last weekend, Tait has made two changes to his roster from three days ago.

Captain Jen Kish will lead Canada on home soil for the first time in her HSBC Women’s Sevens Series career after missing last year’s inaugural Canada Sevens with an injury.

Playing alongside Kish in Langford will be Britt Benn, Hannah Darling, Bianca Farella, Julia Greenshields, Ghislaine Landry, Megan Lukan, Kayla Mack, Kayla Moleschi, Karen Paquin, Kelly Russell and Charity Williams.

Benn is back in Tait’s lineup after missing last weekend’s Atlanta Sevens while recovering from injury and Greenshields returns after opening the season with the team in Dubai.

Canada enters Langford sitting third in the series standings with 42 points after three events. They trail second-place New Zealand by four points, with both teams far behind series leaders Australia who top the standings with 60 points.

Canada will be paired with England, Ireland and Japan in Pool C for the Canada Sevens. England is currently fourth place in the series standings, just two points back of Canada while Japan is 10th and Ireland 12th.

This marks the second year in a row the world has come to Langford, BC for a series stop, and while the Canadians will be pumped up to play in front of their home fans, Tait is quickly reminded of last year’s result.

The sixth place finish in Langford last year was uncharacteristic of a team that had gone to 10 straight Cup Quarterfinals leading up.

Tait is aware of both the good and bad that come with playing at home.

“A big noisy, supportive crowd can generate a lot of energy if you manage your emotions and are able to turn it into positive energy, letting the support enhance your confidence and self-belief,” said Tait. “When that happens the experience is not only great but the result usually matches it. I know last year the team really enjoyed the home atmosphere and all the support but we didn¹t manage our response well enough and while we had many solid individual efforts, we didn¹t channel that enough into the team’s performance.”

Tait’s team went a perfect 3-0 on day one last year, but fell in the Cup Quarterfinals to England, then lost in the Plate Final to USA.

The head coach is hoping things run smoother this time around.

“I think the comfort level of what is likely to happen as far as how the tournament will run and what the atmosphere will be like will help make things a little easier for us to prepare our mindset and focus in on what we need to do on the field more,” said Tait.

Tait thinks there will be a greater focus this time around.

After the disappointing finish in Langford, Tait’s team returned home last summer for the Pan Am Games in Toronto, where they won gold in front of 20,000 screaming Canadian fans.

“Luckily we had the opportunity to have another home tournament at Pan Am Games and we put that lesson to use and our performance and result was a much better one.”

Tait says his team is learning how to cope with the added pressure of playing at home.

There are more distractions and a bigger media demand. He also says that the biggest distraction for the players can be the family and friends they haven’t seen in a while.

“Unfortunately for them, that is the time the team needs to be together the most and are the least available to socialize,” said Tait.

That is not to say he doesn’t enjoy playing in front of 3,500 red and white fans. Tait represented Canada on the international stage many times and knows what an event like this means to the players and community.

“I think it was packed (last year) because Canadians like supporting quality athletes who can give them something to really cheer about and the success of the athletes and this team over the past few years is something people should be proud of and support,” Said Tait.

“I think intimate venues like Langford are great to expose rugby sevens to the local community, where the fans are so close to the action and can really see how fast paced and skilled the competition is. It was great to have the opportunity to show the community, where the team trains and lives year round, how exciting sevens can be.”

For the full Canada Sevens schedule, please click here. The cup final will kick off at 9:05pm ET/6:05pm PT Sunday. The entire tournament can be seen LIVE at www.worldrugby.org

Canada’s Roster for the Atlanta Sevens (name, club, hometown):

Britt Benn – (Guelph Redcoats) Napanee, ON
Hannah Darling – (Peterborough Pagans) Warsaw, ON
Bianca Farella – (Town of Mont Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
Julia Greenshields - (Sarnia Saints) Sarnia, ON
Jen Kish – (Edmonton Rockers) Edmonton, AB
Ghislaine Landry – (Toronto Scottish) Toronto, ON
Megan Lukan – (Unattached) Barrie, ON
Kayla Mack – (Wild Oats) Saskatoon, SK
Kayla Moleschi - (Williams Lake Rustlers) Williams Lake, BC
Karen Paquin - (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Kelly Russell - (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
Charity Williams – (Markham Irish) Toronto, ON

Unavailable for selection due to injury:

Elissa Alarie - (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois-Rivieres, QC
Magali Harvey - (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Emmanuela Jada (Guelph Redcoats) Guelph, ON
Ashley Steacy - (Lethbridge Rugby Club) Lethbridge, AB
Natasha Watcham-Roy – (Hull Volant) Gatineau, QC

Canada's Coaching Staff:

John Tait – Head Coach
Sandro Fiorino – Assistant Coach
Meaghan Howat – Manager
Sandeep Nandhra – Athletic Therapist
Tyler Goodale – Strength & Conditioning

Canada’s Langford Sevens Day 1 Schedule:

Canada vs Japan at 2:22 pm ET / 11:22 am PT
Canada vs Ireland at 5:14 pm ET / 2:14 pm PT
Canada vs England at 7:44 pm ET / 4:44 pm PT

Canada’s Langford Sevens Day 2 Schedule:

TBD





 
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