Latoya Blackwood - Canada
Canada Smashed by England 39-7: 15-6 HT
updated Nov 26 2016
[ed. comments below]
Perhaps 3 games in 8 days was a little ambitious. England got some payback for the 52-17 thumping they received in the summer Super Series at the hands of Canada. Back on their home ground, facing Canada after the visitors had a tough midweek game against New Zealand, it couldn't have played out better for England, and worse for Canada. It might have been a little naive of Canada to have walked into that one.
It was a game at halftime, 15-6 for England, but the soul destroying play of the match happened as Canada were looking to close that gap early in the second half. Canada were looking good, going through phases, making the hard yards, finally getting to England's 22. Then the ball gets to the backs and one player, no names mentioned, decides a no-look through the legs pass would be the way to go. Disaster, England recover the ball and jaunt down the field for a try. You could hear the spirit sucked out of the Canadian team on that play, they never recovered and the onslaught was on.
The forwards and Andrea Burk in the backs continued to soldier on, Ellisa Alarie did a yeoman's job (or is that yeowoman's job) as the replacement scrum half. Her arms would have been tired from all the passes she made from the base of the ruck as Canada did put together phases. Unfortunately they often killed their own attack with dropped balls. A few of the backs didn't seem interested in the physical contest today and passed to players in a worse position rather than trying to test out the defence.
It wasn't a great way to end the tour but the first game against Ireland was a good memory and the match against NZ was an honest reflection of the team. This one might be a reminder of what happens when you overextend yourself. England had a week to recover at home, Canada travelled from Ireland after facing New Zealand on Wednesday. Ambitious or foolish, the performance at the World Cup will provide the final grade on this test.
from Rugby Canada
LONDON — England ran in seven tries as they beat Canada 39-7 Saturday afternoon at Twickenham.
Andrea Burk had two first half penalties for Canada but No.3 ranked England got tries from Alex Matthews, Amy Cokayne, Danielle Waterman, Kay Wilson, Emily Scarratt, Lydia Thompson and Claire Allen.
It was an end-to-end opening 20 minutes with only Matthews' fifth minute try going up on the scoreboard as both teams pressured inside the opposition 22 including Canadian scrum-half Chelsea Guthrie preventing a sure England try when she ripped the ball away from an England player inches from the line.
Cokayne would push England's lead to 10-0 in the 27th minute as the hosts overpowered the Canadian forwards on a driving maul.
A 34th minute Burk penalty got Canada on the board but Danielle Waterman's magnificient solo try in the 39th minute, where she skipped through half a dozen Canadian tacklers, put England up 15-6 at the break as Burk added Canada's second penalty on the last play of the half.
Despite showing intent to start the second half, Canada were outdone over a nine minute spell as Wilson, Scarratt and Thompson all scored to push England's lead to 34-6. Claire Allen wrapped up the scoring in the 65th minute.
The game caps off a tour that saw Canada play three matches in eight days. Canada opened its tour with a 48-7 win over Ireland before a narrow 20-10 loss to the New Zealand Black Ferns in a battle of the top two ranked teams in the world.
Ratier Makes Two Changes to Starting XV for England Match: Saturday 9am PT
from Rugby Canada
posted Nov 25 2016
LONDON — Senior women’s head coach Francois Ratier has made two changes to his starting XV ahead of Saturday’s clash against England.
Elissa Alarie is replaced by Brittany Waters on the wing while Tyson Beukeboom starts for Kayla Mack at lock.
“Every game is important for us leading into next year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup,” captain Kelly Russell said. “We don’t have that much time together so every second counts and we’ve got to build off of every performance.”
Canada head into the match as the No. 2 ranked team in the world while England, the reigning Women’s World Cup champions, are ranked No. 3.
Carolyn McEwen, Laura Russell and DaLeaka Menin form Canada’s front row with Beukeboom and Latoya Blackwood at lock.
Karen Paquin and Kelly Russell start at flanker with Jacey Grusnick starting at No. 8.
Chelsea Guthrie once again starts at scrum-half with Emily Belchos at fly-half. Magali Harvey starts opposite Waters on the wing with Alex Tessier and Andrea Burk in the centres. Julianne Zussman starts at fullback.
Canada opened its November Tour with a seven-try 48-7 win over Ireland before suffering a narrow 20-10 loss to the No.1 ranked New Zealand Black Ferns on Wednesday.
Canada is 3-1-20 all-time against England. After losing their first 17 matches, Canada has gone 3-1-3 since including meeting in the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup final. The teams last faced off earlier this year at the 2016 Women’s Rugby Super Series with Canada crushing England 52-17.
Canada versus England (Name, club, hometown):
1. Carolyn McEwen, Burnaby (Vancouver, BC)?
2. Laura Russell, Cowichan (Bolton, ON)?
3. DaLeaka Menin, Calgary Hornets (Vulcan, AB)?
4. Tyson Beukeboom, Aurora Barbarians/Cowichan RFC (Uxbridge, ON?)
5. Latoya Blackwood, Westshore RFC (Montreal, QC)
6. Kelly Russell, Cowichan (Bolton, ON)
7. Karen Paquin, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)
8. Jacey Grusnick, Aurora Barbarians (Alliston, 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. Brittany Waters, Castaway Wanderers/Meraloma (Vancouver, BC)?
15. Julianne Zussman, Castaway Wanderers (Montreal, QC)
16. Gillian Boag, Capilano RFC (Calgary, AB)
17. Demi Stamatakis, SFU (Vancouver, BC)
18. Olivia DeMerchant, Woodstock Wildmen (Mapledale, NB)?
19. Kayla Mack, Saskatoon Wild Oats (Saskatoon, SK)
20. Barbara Mervin, Westshore RFC (Peterborough, ON)?
21. Elissa Alarie, Westshore (Trois Rivieres, QC)
22. Mackenzie Higgs, Aurora Barbarians (Aurora, ON)
23. Frederique Rajotte, Markham Irish (Markham, ON)
Julia Folk, Regina Rogues (Regina, SK)
Fabiola Forteza, Club de Rugby de Quebec (Quebec City, QC)
Anais Holly, TMRRFC (Montreal, QC)
Brianna Miller, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Pointe-Claire, QC)
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
Canada 10-20 New Zealand — Nov. 23
Canada vs. England — Nov. 26 — Twickenham, England