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Canada v New Zealand - Women


Latoya Blackwood - Canada
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Canada Fall to #1 New Zealand 20-10: Face England on Saturday: FULL MATCH VIDEO


posted Nov 23 2016
[ed. comments below]

The #1 and #2 teams battled it out and it ended +10 for the Black Ferns. Canada's lineout was a big problem for much of match and prevented them taking advantage of penalties in their favour as they would then turn possession over to NZ. Canada's scrum was strong but perhaps too eager as they were pinged twice by the ref on the loosehead side off the first two sets. The refereeing was a little unpredictable especially at the breakdown.

NZ's first try was a little too easy, they leveraged their advantage in the lineout to run a training ground move that saw their scrum-half catch her Canadian counterpart napping a bit and slow to react. Kelly Russell at #8 tried to give chase but couldn't catch the speedy #9. After opening up the Canada defense it was one pass out to the wing and a try. 5-0

Canada had a good run of play at about 20 minutes after being starved of possession for the first 20. An interception by Belchos started it but she didn't have the legs to outrun the cross cover. NZ turned the ball over in the ruck again, the Canadian support just being a shade too slow and not clearing out quick enough.

Kayla Mack is having a tough day and drops the ball off a tap and go, coach Francois Ratier will be disappointed by some of these unforced errors.

Canada get pinged for not releasing the tackled player after her knees are on the ground and NZ slot 3 points but a similar situation at the other end of the field gets called as a maul in NZ's favour. The ref is being inconsistent in what constitutes a maul and what constitutes a tackle and release. Canada are down 8-0 at 33 minutes and just precision, mistakes and a non-functioning lineout are the differences right now.

Magali Harvey makes a nice steal at the ruck, she has the technique and timing right, perhaps her time in NZ has helped as it's a precise skill and sometimes Canadian refereeing doesn't help develop that skill properly.

35 minutes and Canada with a lineout at NZ 22, a great chance to get back in the game. Canada decide to go with reduced numbers in the lineout as they're getting outplayed in this area of the game but NZ again steal the ball. Canada get it back but Carolyn McEwan is stripped of the ball. She's being targeted when taking the ball forward by NZ, she's not keeping low enough with legs driving.

Andrea Burk has a storming run to the 5 metre line, 3 Canadian players in support but unfortunately Emily Belchos the #10 is in front of the prop and she doesn't effectively deal with the NZ player poaching the ball. The ref calls holding on, this is frustrating as Canada had numbers to secure this ruck but the clearout technique was lacking.

Canada get a penalty about 30 metres out at the half time whistle, Magali Harvey has a good go at it but it hits the post. HT score is 8-0 and Canada looked stronger in the second 20.

Canada score a great try at 50 minutes, Latoya Blackwood anticipates a wide pass, comes up fast on defence and intercepts the ball, offloads to Magali Harvey who legs it in from 70 metres out, 8-5 now in favour of NZ.

The next score comes from NZ and is set up by another steal at the breakdown. Canada are letting the NZ players through the ruck too easily, the NZ players are getting their body positions right and just driving with their legs, driving the Canadian support players backwards. That's followed up by frustration from captain Kelly Russell as she comes in offside. A lineout and few phases later the ball is over, 15-5 now.

At 60 minutes a yellow to Brittany Waters, a judgement call by the ref, Waters is trying to do what NZ has done all game, poach the ball from a tackled player. But she loses her feet a bit and ref calls it the other way, such a fine line between a game changing steal and a yellow card. A bit harsh from the ref as it could have gone the other way, the player was isolated but the body position and technique could have been a bit better. A yellow wasn't justified.

The referee evens out the marginal yellow with another to NZ for lingering at the ruck. Very unpredictable refereeing in the match. Teams are playing with 14. Canada finally connect with a lineout off the penalty and Laura Russell powers over. It's 15-10 with 14 minutes remaining.

Off the ensuing kickoff Canada again get called for not releasing as the NZ defenders are showing great technique and anticipation in poaching the ball and Canadian support players are a little slow in securing the ruck. The penalty kick isn't successful and Canada get a 22 drop out. The kick goes long and probably the most disappointing defensive lapse on the day as the NZ backline carve through a series of missed tackles to score from 50 metres out.

That's the match 20-10. In order to beat the Black Ferns who will be in their pool at the World Cup, Canada need to get their lineout working for 80 minutes and be more ruthless at the breakdown on both sides of the ball.

Still a respectable effort from the world #2 and they have a short turn around before facing England at Twickenham on Saturday. It's an ambitious schedule and one wonders how the players' bodies will hold up under such short turn around.



from Rugby Canada

DUBLIN, IRELAND — Canada's senior women’s team fell 20-10 to the New Zealand Black Ferns Wednesday in a matchup of the two best ranked teams in the world. Canada got second half tries from Magali Harvey and Laura Russell but three tries and the boot of Kendra Cocksedge propelled the Black Ferns to victory.

"We weren't consistent today," head coach Francois Ratier said. "We were able to scores tries but we gave away soft penalties. We were courageous, we never gave up but it just wasn't enough today."

After leading 8-0 at the interval thanks to a Cocksedge try and penalty, Canada came roaring back into the game as Harvey got her second try in as many games as she raced away to touch down after Latoya Blackwood had intercepted a Black Ferns pass.

However, New Zealand answered immediately as replacement forward Aotearoa Mata'u powered over from close range to push the Black Ferns' lead to 15-5. Canada's Brittany Waters was shown a yellow card in the 61st minute but the teams were back even just three minutes later as Eloise Blackwell was sent to the sin bin. Canada made the Black Ferns pay immediately as from the resulting lineout, Russell peeled off of a driving maul to touch down in the corner to cut the lead to 15-10 with 15 minutes to play.

But again New Zealand hit back right away. After Cocksedge's penalty had missed, fullback Selica Winiata carved Canada apart to touch down in the 68th minute to seal the Black Ferns' victory.

"We're not happy," captain Kelly Russell said. "We're disappointed with the way we came out and played. We didn't start playing our game until midway through the second half. The girls give it their all every minute of the game. We can't ask for more. We just have to be more switched on when he hit the pitch."

Canada returns to action on Saturday when they face reigning World Cup champions England at Twickenham. Broadcast details are still to be confirmed.

Canada versus New Zealand:

Carolyn McEwen, Burnaby Lake RC (Vancouver, BC)
Laura Russell, Cowichan (Bolton, ON)
DaLeaka Menin, Calgary Hornets (Vulcan, AB)
Kayla Mack, Saskatoon Wild Oats (Saskatoon, SK)
Latoya Blackwood, Westshore RFC (Montreal, QC)
Jacey Grusnick, Aurora Barbarians (Alliston, ON)
Karen Paquin, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)
Kelly Russell, Captain, Cowichan (Bolton, ON)
Chelsea Guthrie, Stratchona Druids (Edmonton, AB)
Emily Belchos, Westshore RFC (Innisfil, ON)
Magali Harvey, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)
Andrea Burk, Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
Alex Tessier, Montreal Barbarians (Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QC)
Elissa Alarie, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Trois Rivieres, QC)
Julianne Zussman, Castaway Wanderers (Montreal, QC)
Julia Folk, Regina Rogues (Regina, SK)
Demi Stamatakis, SFU (Vancouver, BC)
Olivia DeMerchant, Woodstock Wildmen (Mapledale, NB)
Tyson Beukeboom, Aurora Barbarians/Cowichan RFC (Uxbridge, ON )
Barbara Mervin, Westshore RFC (Peterborough, ON)
Brianna Miller, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Pointe-Claire, QC)
Anais Holly, TMRRFC (Montreal, QC)
Brittany Waters, Meraloma Athletic Club (Vancouver, BC)

Non-Dressed:

Gillian Boag, Capilano RFC (Calgary, AB)
Fabiola Forteza, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)
Mackenzie Higgs, Aurora Barbarians (Aurora, ON)
Frederique Rajotte, Markham Irish (Markham, ON)

STAFF
Head Coach: Francois Ratier
Assistant Coach: Shaun Allen
Assistant Coach: Colette McAuley
Scrum Coach: Gary Dukelow
Therapist: Nicole Ainsworth
Manager: Meg Howat
Analyst: James Kent
Media: Bryan Kelly



Coach Francois Ratier Keeps Starting XV for New Zealand Match: Live Stream Wednesday 5am PT


posted Nov 21 2016
from Rugby Canada
[ed. the Irish Rugby youtube account will stream the game according to Rugby Canada www.youtube.com/user/IrishRugbyTVOfficial

DUBLIN, IRELAND — Canada’s senior women’s head coach Francois Ratier has kept the same starting XV for Wednesday’s titanic clash with the New Zealand Black Ferns. After beating Ireland 48-7 Saturday, Canada moved back to No. 2 in the World Rugby rankings making Wednesday’s game a pivotal first vs. second matchup.

“We know they’re strong and that they’re No. 1 in the world,” Ratier said. “We have to sit down and see where they have some weaknesses but they don’t have too many.”

Carolyn McEwen, Laura Russell and DaLeaka Menin will again lead Canada up front while Kayla Mack and Latoya Blackwood start at lock. Jacey Grusnick and Karen Paquin start at flanker with captain Kelly Russell at No. 8.

Chelsea Guthrie starts at scrum-half with Emily Belchos at fly-half. Elissa Alarie and Magali Harvey are on the wings while Andrea Burk and Alex Tessier start at centre. Julianne Zussman is at fullback. Canada ran in seven tries against No .5 ranked Ireland as Zussman (2), Menin, Paquin, Belchos, Harvey and Laura Russell all touched down while Burk kicked 13 points.

Canada and New Zealand were recently drawn into the same pool for the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland. In 11 previous meetings, Canada has never beaten New Zealand. The Black Ferns defeated reigning World Cup champions England 25-20 on Saturday in the first game of their tour.

“They’re in our pool for the World Cup next year so we want to send them a message,” Blackwood said. “We’re going to put up a fight and show them what Canadian rugby looks like.”

Wednesday’s game will kick off at 8am ET/5am PT and can be seen LIVE by clicking here. Canada wraps up its November Tour on Saturday when they face England at Twickenham.

Canada versus New Zealand:

1 Carolyn McEwen, Burnaby Lake RC (Vancouver, BC)
2 Laura Russell, Toronto Nomads (Bolton, ON)
3 DaLeaka Menin, Calgary Hornets (Vulcan, AB)
4 Kayla Mack, Saskatoon Wild Oats (Saskatoon, SK)
5 Latoya Blackwood, Westshore RFC (Montreal, QC)
6 Jacey Grusnick, Aurora Barbarians (Alliston, ON)
7 Karen Paquin, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)
8 Kelly Russell, Captain, Toronto Nomads (Bolton, ON)
9 Chelsea Guthrie, Stratchona Druids (Edmonton, AB)
10 Emily Belchos, Westshore RFC (Innisfil, ON)
11 Magali Harvey, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)
12 Andrea Burk, Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)
13 Alex Tessier, Montreal Barbarians (Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QC)
14 Elissa Alarie, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Trois Rivieres, QC)
15 Julianne Zussman, Castaway Wanderers (Montreal, QC)
16 Julia Folk, Regina Rogues (Regina, SK)
17 Demi Stamatakis, SFU (Vancouver, BC)
18 Olivia DeMerchant, Woodstock Wildmen (Mapledale, NB)
19 Tyson Beukeboom, Aurora Barbarians/Cowichan RFC (Uxbridge, ON )
20 Barbara Mervin, Westshore RFC (Peterborough, ON)
21 Brianna Miller, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Pointe-Claire, QC)
22 Anais Holly, TMRRFC (Montreal, QC)
23 Brittany Waters, Meraloma Athletic Club (Vancouver, BC)

Non-Dressed:

Gillian Boag, Capilano RFC (Calgary, AB)
Fabiola Forteza, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)
Mackenzie Higgs, Aurora Barbarians (Aurora, ON)
Frederique Rajotte, Markham Irish (Markham, ON)

STAFF
Head Coach: Francois Ratier
Assistant Coach: Shaun Allen
Assistant Coach: Colette McAuley
Scrum Coach: Gary Dukelow
Therapist: Nicole Ainsworth
Manager: Meg Howat
Analyst: James Kent
Media: Bryan Kelly

Canada’s Senior Women’s Schedule:

Canada 48 – 7 Ireland — Nov. 19 — UCD Bowl, Ireland
Canada vs. New Zealand — Nov. 23 — Donnybrook Stadium, Ireland
Canada vs. England — Nov. 26 — Twickenham, England





 
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