This was definitely not the polished performance from the first half of the England match. There were probably more errors in the first 20 minutes of this game than in the first 40 of the England game. Balls being dropped, kicks not finding touch, the little things that are the difference between good and great. It was 7-5 for Canada at 20 minutes, a nice combination by Zussman and Waters for the Canucks and a brute strength try from close in from the Yanks.
Burk was strong with the boot but missed her first shot at a penalty after a line break by Waters. Zussman made the next break but again it came to nothing, the linking play by Canada wasn't working otherwise the scoreboard could have been ticking. The Canadian scrum has been a constant this series and it doesn't disappoint in this match as they win a penalty, kudos to scrum coach Gary Dukelow. Another opportunity inside the 5 metres goes begging as the ball is lost in contact. The finishing just isn't there today.
Canada fall back to a short game possession mode and it seems to get them back in sync, they march down the field and get a penalty 30 metres out which Burk nails, now 10-5 for Canada with 8 minutes in the half.
Canada again destroy the American scrum and turn over possession, the play gets scrappy but a mistake by the USA winger in clearing the ball gifts Canada a phase of play inside the 5 metres and the big bodies get it done, try to the tighthead prop, DaLeaka Menin. Score is 17-5 for Canada with a minute left in the first half. That's the way the first half ends.
The Americans are aggressive at the breakdown and they're turning some ball over but sometimes illegally and angling in from an offside position is a favourite. The ref sees enough and issues a yellow to the States. Burk hits the penalty and it's now 20-5.
Burk claims the next try, acting like a forward and picking up the ball from a ruck just outside the goal line and powering over. She misses the conversion, 25-5 for Canada. That try may have put her over the top for player of the match selection.
Even though Canada's scrum is dominant their lineout needs a lot of work and is costing them some valuable possession. It's still 25-5 with the last 20 to go.
The Canada defence is very impressive, just driving runners backwards and swarming to cover if a break is made.
The subs are not having a big impact for Canada and the game has quietened down for team red on attack. Burk gets another shot at goal from about 40 metres out and hits the post. 8 minutes left in the game.
Burk gets another shot in front of the posts, goes through, 28-5 with 3 minutes left.
Canada finishes it off well with a nice skip pass from Brittany Waters finding Zussman and she sprints in for the final try, 33-5 match over.
We've seen what Canada can do when they play to their potential as in the first half against England, we've also seen that they can win when they play a mediocre game. Their scrum and defence are giving them a constant edge even when the attack isn't completely in sync. France is next on Saturday.
from Rugby Canada SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – North Vancouver’s Andrea Burk had 18 points as Canada’s Women’s Rugby Team won its second straight game at the Women’s Rugby Super Series after a 33-5 victory over hosts USA in Utah Tuesday afternoon.
Burk, DaLeaka Menin, Brittany Waters and Julianne Zussman all had tries for Canada who can now clinch the trophy with a win over France on Saturday. "I'm really pleased with this performance," Burk said. "We're really coming togther, players one through 26, we're coming onto the field to play together. It really showed today."
Through two games, Canada has scored 85 points while conceeding just 22 en route to a perfect 2-0 record.
"I'm really pleased with the outcome of the game," Interim Head Coach Shaun Allen said. "Scoring four tries in the game says really good things about the way our team is coming together."
After a clinical performance against England in their opening game, Canada came out firing once more Tuesday as Waters got Canada on the board just sevens minutes in as she took Zussman’s offload to the house for an early 7-0 lead. USA’s promising young prop Hope Rogers got the hosts right back in the contest though as she powered her way over the line in the 18th minute to cut the lead to 7-5.
"We had a really good performance on defence today," Allen said. "The Americans put quite a bit of pressure on us in the first half but having those players who played in the first test out there to keep our composure and deal with it without putting us in a hole allowed us to compete in the rest of the half."
With Canada continuing to push forward with no result on the scoreboard, it wasn’t until the 34th minute the visitors could add to their lead as Burk slotted her first penalty of the day before Menin pushed her way over the line to grab Canada’s second try minutes before the half time whistle to give Canada a 17-5 lead at the interval.
It was an ideal start to the second half for Canada as the USA’s Jenn Sever was sin binned for an infraction at the breakdown in the 44th minute allowing Burk to push Canada’s lead to 20-5.
It was then Burk’s turn to get in on the try-scoring fun four minutes later as off of a driving maul, Canada swung the ball wide where Burk picked up the ball at the back of a breakdown and bulldozed her way over the try line for a 25-5 advantage.
After Burk added a third penalty, Zussman completed the scoring in the 77th minute as with the USA down to 14 players again — Jamila Reinhardt in the bin for a breakdown infringement — the Montreal native took Waters’ skip pass and raced in for Canada’s fourth try to seal another emphatic win for the fourth ranked Canadians.
"There's a lot of pride in our group," Allen said. "There's a willingness to play well for each other and for their country and Saturday is another day in which we get to show what we are capable of."
Canada will face France in its final game on Saturday where a win will clinch them the tournament title. Kickoff is 3pm ET/12pm PT and can be seen LIVE at www.therugbychannel.tv.
"With our team we come to play every game as it is on the day," Burk said. "We're not looking for a title win, we are looking to build our skills. There's so much more we can improve from this game and we are looking to raise the bar every time.”
Canada’s Roster vs. USA (Name, club, hometown):
1. Carolyn McEwen (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club), Vancouver, BC 2. Jane Kirby (Highland RFC) Brampton, ON 3. DaLeaka Menin (Hornets) Vulcan, AB 4. Laura Russell captain (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON 5. Kayla Mack (Wild Oats) Saskatoon, SK 6. Barbara Mervin (Velox RFC) Peterborough, ON 7. Latoya Blackwood (St. Anne de Bellevue/Toulouse) Montreal, QC 8. Jacey Murphy (Aurora Barbarians) Alliston, ON 9. Chelsea Guthrie (Stratchona Druids) Edmonton, AB 10. Emily Belchos (Markham Irish) Barrie, ON 11. Katie McNally (Castaway Wanderers) Guelph, ON 12. Andrea Burk (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC 13. Alex Tessier (Montreal Barbarians) Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QB 14. Brittany Waters (Castaway Wanderers) Vancouver, BC 15. Julianne Zussman (Castaway Wanderers) Montreal, QC 16. Julia Folk (UVic/Castaway Wanderers), Regina, SK 17. Demi Stamatakis (SFU) Vancouver, BC 18. Olivia DeMerchant (Woodstock Wildmen) Mapledale, NB 19. Tyson Beukeboom (Aurora Barbarians) Uxbridge, ON 20. Fabiola Forteza (Club de Rugby de Quebec) Quebec, QC 21. Brianna Miller (SABRFC), Pointe-Claire, QC 22. Anais Holly (TMRRFC) Montreal, QC 23. Frédérique Rajotte (Sainte Anne de Bellevue RFC) Sainte Anne de Bellevue, QC
Canada’s Women’s Rugby Super Series Staff:
Shaun Allen- Interim Head Coach# Colette McAuley- Rugby Canada Development Coach Gary Dukelow- Scrum Coach Nicole Crowley- Tour Manager Nicole Ainsworth- Therapist Jaimie McCartney- Strength and Conditioning James Kent – Analyst
# Senior women’s head coach Francois Ratier is not on tour due to personal reasons
Canada’s Women’s Rugby Super Series Schedule:
Canada 52-17 England Canada 33-5 USA Canada vs. France — July 9, 3pm ET/12pm PT
USA Team vs. Canada
1. Catherine Benson 2. Kathryn Augustyn 3. Hope Rogers 4. Stacey Bridges (C) 5. Molly Kinsella 6. Elizabeth Cairns 7. Nicole Strasko 8. Jordan Gray 9. Jennifer Lui 10. Kimberly Rozier 11. Cheta Emba 12. Jenn Sever 13. Nate Serevi 14. Saskia Morgan 15. Jessica Wooden 16. Joanna Kitlinski 17. Tiffany Faaee 18. Jamila Reinhardt 19. Alycia Washington 20. Christiane Pheil 21. Deven Owsiany 22. Megan Foster 23. Naya Tapper
Tries: DaLeaka Menin, Brittany Waters, Andrea Burk, Julianne Zussman Conversions: Andrea Burk (2) Penalties: Andrea Burk (3)
Canada Make One Change for USA Game: Kickoff Tuesday 4pm PT
posted July 4 2016 from Rugby Canada
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Interim Head Coach Shaun Allen has made one change to Canada’s Senior Women’s starting XV for Tuesday’s Women’s Rugby Super Series (WRSS) game against the USA.
After grabbing a try in Friday’s 52-17 win over England, Katie McNally is rewarded with a start on the wing in place of Frédérique Rajotte who moves to the bench.
“We did a very good job on attack against England,” Allen said. “The understanding and commitment shown by the squad was exactly what we were looking for in our first fixture. Against the USA we are looking for the players to perform their specific roles and to improve on the refinements that we have worked on in training and our review.”
Carolyn McEwen, Mary-Jane Kirby and DaLeaka Menin all start in the front row with Captain Laura Russell and Kayla Mack forming a dynamic lock duo. Barbara Mervin, Latoya Blackwood and Friday’s player of the match Jacey Murphy start in the back row.
Edmonton’s Chelsea Guthrie, who grabbed her first test try in Friday’s win, starts at scrum-half with Emily Belchos at No. 10. McNally is joined on the wing by Vancouver’s Brittany Waters with Andrea Burk and Alex Tessier forming the centre duo. Montreal’s Julianne Zussman starts at fullback.
With three games in just eight days, the WRSS presents a very quick turnaround between games. Canada plays its final game of the tournament on Saturday having played its opener on Friday.
“We have had a limited time to practice between games,” Allen said. “The priority has been on recovery and making sure that all the players are able to play at as close to 100 percent as possible. In our training we were looking at small improvements in some key areas that the coaches and players identified through video.”
After a seven-try win over England, Canada sits atop the WRSS standings while in the other game Friday, the USA lost 19-13 to France. Canada also moved up to fourth in the World Rugby Women’s Rankings after their emphatic victory over England.
Canada faced the USA last year in Red Deer, AB, with the visitors collecting a 36-28 win in a fast paced affair. Canada is 15-18 all-time against the USA.
“We know that they are a very resilient group,” Allen said. “They put in a strong, gutsy performance against France and had a chance to win at the end of the game. The defensive performance that they put it, specifically at the end of the first half inside their 22, showed that they will be a difficult team to score on. They have a number of players that can be very threatening if we allow them to establish their rhythm.”
Additionally, Canada’s Maple Leafs will begin its two-game series against the USA Collegiate All-Americans. Captained by Lori Josephson, the team features a mix of players with test experience as well as some of Canada’s rising young stars.
“The Maple Leafs Series against the USA Collegiate All-Americans is very important to both the short term and long term success of the Women's Senior program,” Allen said. “It is fantastic to have the opportunity to have the senior and Maple Leaf groups in the same location at the same time and to share coaching and management resources.
“The USA CAA will be a strong side and will give the players representing the Maple Leafs a great opportunity to show what they are capable of under international pressure.”
Tuesday’s Maple Leafs game kicks off at 1pm ET/10am PT while Canada vs. USA begins at 7pm ET/4pm PT. Both games can be seen LIVE on www.therugbychannel.tv. A subscription is required but the first 30 days are FREE.
Canada’s Roster vs. USA (Name, club, hometown):
1. Carolyn McEwen (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club), Vancouver, BC 2. Mary-Jane Kirby (Highland RFC) Brampton, ON 3. DaLeaka Menin (Hornets) Vulcan, AB 4. Laura Russell captain (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON 5. Kayla Mack (Wild Oats) Saskatoon, SK 6. Barbara Mervin (Velox RFC) Peterborough, ON 7. Latoya Blackwood (St. Anne de Bellevue/Toulouse) Montreal, QC 8. Jacey Murphy (Aurora Barbarians) Alliston, ON 9. Chelsea Guthrie (Stratchona Druids) Edmonton, AB 10. Emily Belchos (Markham Irish) Barrie, ON 11. Katie McNally (Castaway Wanderers) Guelph, ON 12. Andrea Burk (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC 13. Alex Tessier (Montreal Barbarians) Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QB 14. Brittany Waters (Castaway Wanderers) Vancouver, BC 15. Julianne Zussman (Castaway Wanderers) Montreal, QC 16. Julia Folk (UVic/Castaway Wanderers), Regina, SK 17. Demi Stamatakis (SFU) Vancouver, BC 18. Olivia DeMerchant (Woodstock Wildmen) Mapledale, NB 19. Tyson Beukeboom (Aurora Barbarians) Uxbridge, ON 20. Fabiola Forteza (Club de Rugby de Quebec) Quebec, QC 21. Brianna Miller (SABRFC), Pointe-Claire, QC 22. Anais Holly (TMRRFC) Montreal, QC 23. Frédérique Rajotte (Sainte Anne de Bellevue RFC) Sainte Anne de Bellevue, QC
Canada’s Women’s Rugby Super Series Staff:
Shaun Allen- Interim Head Coach # Colette McAuley- Rugby Canada Development Coach Gary Dukelow- Scrum Coach Nicole Crowley- Tour Manager Nicole Ainsworth- Therapist Jaimie McCartney- Strength and Conditioning James Kent – Analyst # Senior women’s head coach Francois Ratier is not on tour due to personal reasons
Canada’s Women’s Rugby Super Series Schedule:
Canada 52-17 England Canada vs. USA — July 5, 7pm ET/4pm PT Canada vs. France — July 9, 3pm ET/12pm PT
Canada’s Maple Leafs side vs. USA Collegiate All-Americans (Name, club, hometown):
1. Colleen Irowa (McMaster University) Innisifil, ON 2. Kathleen Keller (Castaway Wanderers) Quebec, QC 3. Chelsey Minter (Velox Valkyries) Sydney, NS 4. Emma Taylor (HRFC) Halifax, NS 5. Camile Provençal-Aube (Abénakis et CRQ), Sherbrooke, QC 6. Katie Svoboda (Belleville Bulldogs) Belleville, ON 7. Sara Svoboda (Belleville Bulldogs RFC) Belleville, ON 8. Daria Keane (Guelph Redcoats) Sarnia, ON 9. Lori Josephson, captain (Aurora Barbarians) Beaverton, ON 10. Mackenzie Higgs (Aurora Barbarians) Aurora, ON 11. Elysa Sandron (Winnipeg Saracens RFC) Winnipeg, MB 12. Julia Goss (Leprechaun Tigers) Edmonton, AB 13. Amanda Williams (Calgary Hornets) Souris, MB 14. Natasha Smith (Barrhaven Scottish) Ottawa, ON 15. Alanna Fittes (Leprechaun Tigers) Rimbey, AB 16. Simone Savory 17. Megan Copeland- Dinan 18. Brittany Kassil (Guelph Redcoats) Guelph, ON 19. Gillian Boag (Calgary, AB; Capilano/UBC) 20. Ngalula Fuamba (TMR) Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot, QC 21. Gabrielle Senft (UVic/Castaway Wanderers) Regina, SK 22. Justine Pelletier (Club de Rugby de Quebec) Quebec, QC 23. Jess Neilson (UVic/Castaway Wanderers) Vancouver, BC 24. Lisa Gauthier (St-Anne de Bellevue), St-Bernardino, ON 25. Petra Woods (Toronto Saracens) Brampton, ON 26. Gillian Allen (Kirin) Saskatoon, SK
Maple Leafs Coaching Staff:
Dan Valley- Rugby Canada Development Coach Amy Stefaniuk- Therapist Megan Lowry- Tour Manager
Canada’s Women’s Maple Leafs Schedule: Maple Leafs vs. USA Collegiate All-Americans — July 5 Maple Leafs vs. USA Collegiate All-Americans — July 9