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Canada Sevens - Langford 2017

Canada Win Silver: Lose to New Zealand in Final: Video Highlights and Chris Wilson Galleries


posted May 28 2017
[ed. comments below]

Canada came so close to winning their home tournament but came out a little flat in the final match. Even during the national anthems NZ looked more fired up and they started the match that way.

Canada are successful when they play a smothering defence but they were giving NZ too much time and space early on and NZ scored a fairly easy try to open the match which didn't bode well.

Again Canada's defence was exposed on the second try when NZ worked a training ground move off the lineout to perfection. It was now 12-0 and it wasn't looking promising for Canada.

Canada finally got some possession and Julia Greenshields put Canada on the board, 12-7 at the half.

It was still a one score game and Canada had their chances in the second half but couldn't capitalize. One play near the end of the match caused fans and play by play commentators to wonder out loud, Landry had the ball inside her 22 with Charity Williams on the outside. It seemed one pass would set the unmarked Williams loose on a trademark end to end score. But Landry held onto the ball and the attack went nowhere. Immediately after coach John Tait took Williams off, a few questions being asked about what happened there.

The referee also seemed to lose her bottle near the end of the match, NZ clearly offside in the last ruck where they turned the ball over, a key play with Canada on attack and their last chance. You can hear coach John Tait talk about NZ disrupting play in the video below and how difficult it was to play to the referee's calls. Poor form from World Rugby to drop a ref in who was out of her depth for the high pressure situation.

Still an improvement for Canada over previous years at home, it was sweet but could have been sweeter.

DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS


POSTGAME REACTION FROM PLAYERS AND COACH


CANADA V NZ PHOTO GALLERY BY CHRIS WILSON


CANADA V OZ PHOTO GALLERY BY CHRIS WILSON


CANADA V ENGLAND PHOTO GALLERY BY CHRIS WILSON


from Rugby Canada

Canada finished second at the HSBC Canada Women's Sevens after defeat to New Zealand in the cup final.

Earlier in the day, Canada had reached the cup semis after a convincing win over England in their quarterfinal before dispatching Australia in the semis.

On Day 1, Canada had gone 3-0 after wins over Brazil, France and Russia in pool play.

Canada, who lost in the cup quarterfinals the last two years in Langford, was seeking to become the first team to win its home tournament.

CANADA 33-5 ENGLAND

Ghislaine Landry had a brace as Canada cruised into the cup semis in Langford.

Early tries from Ashley Steacy and Britt Benn gave Canada a 12-0 lead before England hit back through a Deborah Fleming try.

Landry grabbed her first try of the game just before the break to make it 19-5 before adding her second midway through the second half.

Megan Lukan rounded things out for Canada as she scored her first try of the tournament as Canada comfortably moved into the cup semis.

CANADA 17-10 AUSTRALIA

Canada reached the cup final after a tense affair with Australia that could have gone either way.

Australia struck first as captain Sharni Williams touched down but Canada were soon even as Ghislaine Landry found a hole and took it to the house to tie it up at 5-5.

Canada took the lead into the break as Julia Greenshields stretched for the line but Australia came back strong to start the second half but if not for some great Landry defence, and a fumble by Brooke Walker on a sure try, Australia would have been even.

However, Canada took advantage as Charity Williams paced away down the wing before Cassandra Staples' last minute try cut the deficit to 17-10 but Canada won the restart to seal a place in the cup final.

CANADA 7-17 NEW ZEALAND

Canada fell to New Zealand in another cup final after the hosts couldn't claim victory on home soil.

Michaela Blyde gave the Kiwis an early 7-0 advantage before captain Tyla Nathan-Wong extended the lead to 12-0.

Canada were able to get on the board through a Julia Greenshields try to cut the deficit to 12-7 at half time.

An Alena Saili try was all the scoring in the second half as New Zealand claimed its fourth cup title of the season.

Canada’s Canada Sevens Roster (Name, club, hometown):

Britt Benn – Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)
Caroline Crossley – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Hannah Darling – Peterborough Pagans (Warsaw, ON)
Bianca Farella – Town of Mont Royal (Montreal, QC)
Julia Greenshields – Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)
Jen Kish – Edmonton Rockers (Edmonton, AB)
Ghislaine Landry (captain) – Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON)
Megan Lukan – Unattached (Barrie, ON)
Breanne Nicholas – London St. Georges (Blenheim, ON)
Ashley Steacy – Lethbridge Rugby Club (Lethbridge, AB)
Natasha Watcham-Roy – Hull Volant (Gatineau, QC)
Charity Williams – Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)



Canada 3-0 on Day 1: Face England in Cup QF: Photo Galleries by Chris Wilson


posted May 27 2017

Canada advanced to the HSBC Canada Women's Sevens cup quarterfinals after going 3-0 on Day 1 in Langford, BC.

With wins over Brazil, France and Russia, Canada will now face England at 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT.

Canada, who lost in the cup quarterfinals the last two years in Langford, is seeking to become the first team to win its home tournament.

Having won the Sydney Sevens, and claimed silver in Kitakyushu in their most recent outing, they currently sit third in the season standings behind New Zealand and Australia.

CANADA 33-5 BRAZIL

Canada stormed out of the gates for an impressive opening with at Westhills Stadium.

Julia Greenshields got Canada rolling inside a minute before Bianca Farella paced away to push the lead to 12-0.

Hannah Darling extended the lead to 19-0 before half time with Britt Benn adding Canada's fourth try early into the second half for a 26-0 advantage.

Claudia Teles got Brazil on the board but Canada would add one more try through speedster Charity Williams as Canada cruised to a 33-5 victory.



CANADA 33-0 FRANCE

Canada made it two wins from two in comfortable fashion after defeating France.

Two early tries from Bianca Farella gave Canada a 12-0 lead before Britt Benn pushed the advantage to 19-0 by half time.

Charity Williams scored two second half tries, the second of which was an end-to-end run from inside the Canadian five meter line, to complete a comprehensive win.



CANADA 24-10 RUSSIA

Canada completed a perfect Day 1 after a comfortable win over Russia.

Julia Greenshields got Canada off to a quick 7-0 lead but Baizat Khamidova replied for Russia to make it 7-5. Hannah Darling's break set up Ghislaine Landry for a 12-5 lead at the break before Bianca Farella pushed the advantage to 19-5.

Natasha Watcham-Roy grabbed her first try of the tournament to seal victory before Elena Zdrokova scored one last Russian try before the final whistle.



Canada’s Canada Sevens Roster (Name, club, hometown):

Britt Benn – Guelph Redcoats (Napanee, ON)
Caroline Crossley – Castaway Wanderers (Victoria, BC)
Hannah Darling – Peterborough Pagans (Warsaw, ON)
Bianca Farella – Town of Mont Royal (Montreal, QC)
Julia Greenshields – Sarnia Saints (Sarnia, ON)
Jen Kish – Edmonton Rockers (Edmonton, AB)
Ghislaine Landry (captain) – Toronto Scottish (Toronto, ON)
Megan Lukan – Unattached (Barrie, ON)
Breanne Nicholas – London St. Georges (Blenheim, ON)
Ashley Steacy – Lethbridge Rugby Club (Lethbridge, AB)
Natasha Watcham-Roy – Hull Volant (Gatineau, QC)
Charity Williams – Markham Irish (Toronto, ON)

Reserves:

Sara Kaljuvee – Toronto Scottish (Ajax, ON)
Kaili Lukan – Unattached (Barrie, ON)

Unavailable:

Kayla Moleschi – Williams Lake Rustlers (Williams Lake, BC)

Coaching Staff:

Meaghan Howat – Manager
John Tait – Head Coach
Sandro Fiorino – Assistant Coach
Morgan Williams – Assistant Coach

Canada's Canada Sevens Day 1 Schedule (Saturday, May 27):

Canada 33-5 Brazil
Canada 33-0 France
Canada 24-10 Russia

Canada's Canada Sevens Day 2 Schedule (Sunday, May 28):

Canada vs. England — 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT



Schedule for Canada Sevens in Langford May 27-28: Late Notes


posted May 26 2017
[ed. comments below]

Late Notes

NZ will be missing several key players such as Portia Woodman, Sarah Goss and Kelly Brazier, who have stayed in NZ to train with the Black Ferns XVs squad.

The full squads of all 12 teams are available in .pdf here.

Ghislaine Landry has scored the most points at the Canada Sevens with 77, followed closely by Portia Woodman at 75. With Woodman missing this weekend look for Landry to extend that lead. In a distant third is Patricia Garcia of Spain with 52.

Canada start against Brazil at 12:20 on Saturday, then France at 15:04 and close down Day 1 against Russia at 17:48.

SCHEDULE



from Rugby Canada

The HSBC Canada Sevens Organizing Committee announced today the on-sale of single day tickets for the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens at Westhills

Stadium in Langford B.C. on May 27-28, 2017. Single day tickets, priced at $40.00 plus fees, are available in sections “L” and “R” of the main grandstand, and can be purchased at www.canadasevens.com, along with remaining tournament passes. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early, as some sections of the stadium no longer have availability.

The release of single day tickets coincides with the recent launch of the Canadian Women’s Sevens ambassador program for KidSport, whereby the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens is donating $5 from every tournament pass sold using the code C7KIDSPORT to KidSport Greater Victoria. KidSport is a national not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance to kids to play sports, and proceeds from the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens tournament will be directed towards youth rugby programs in the Greater Victoria Area.

In its third year at Westhills Stadium in Langford, BC, the HSBC Women’s Sevens will host 12 of the world’s best women’s sevens teams for the fifth stop on the six-event circuit of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series. The tournament, which has capacity for 6430 over the two-day event, is a proven crowd favourite, drawing rugby fans, families, and young developing rugby athletes who aspire to represent Canada one day on the world stage. Canadian women are currently third in the overall standings heading into Langford, having finished sixth in Dubai, won in Sydney, third in Las Vegas, and most recently second in Japan, being defeated by current series leader, New Zealand, in a heart breaking last minute loss.

“The HSBC Women’s Sevens will deliver a weekend of world class sport and entertainment and simultaneously serve to inspire young up-and-coming players by getting close to the action – and the players – throughout the weekend,” said Allen Vansen, Rugby Canada CEO. “We are particularly proud of the Canadian women’s team, who amid a demanding competitive season, are showing their commitment to the development of their sport. By getting behind KidSport as a team and collectively encouraging fans to support the charity through the purchase of tournament passes, they are contributing to rugby sevens youth development in a region that has been a huge supporter of our players and our programs.”

“We are thrilled to be receiving support from the Canadian Women’s Rugby Sevens team, and the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens tournament,” said Jill Shaw, Executive Director of KidSport Greater Victoria. “We’d like to thank everyone who is contributing to our shared goal of ensuring that sport and physical activity be available to as many children as possible.”





 
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