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International Women’s Rugby Series 2017

Canada Overpower Australia 45-5 for 3rd Place in Tournament: FULL MATCH REPLAY


posted June 17 2017
[ed. comments below]

Canada proved they deserve their #3 ranking as they crushed #6 Australia 45-5. The victory was built on the back of a dominant scrum and forward pack, if the ball handling had been a bit better they could have run the score up further. The Canada defence has been good overall all tournament with just a few lapses against NZ and England.

Canada had their first chance at five minutes when they demolished an Australian scrum and launched an attack from a # 8 pickup and few passes later and they were certain to score but Karen Pacquin dropped the pass with the goal line beckoning. It's the sort of play that can be tolerated against lower teams where many chances will come but not against the top teams if Canada wants to win the World Cup.

At 8 minutes Canada again looked certain to score a dominant scrum was inching towards the line, it broke apart so the #9 passed it out to the backs and it was dropped.

At 12 minutes the forwards took matters into their own hands and kept the ball in tight to score, hooker Jane Kirby getting credit.

The Australian dropped a pass at Canada's 22 and Canada were alert to jump on it get it out to Magali Harvery who made most of the yards before passing off to Julianne Zussman for a seond try.

At 22 minutes Canada were again pounding the ball away on the Australian goal line, their forwards were all drawn in and Emily Belchos made a great skip pass where two players were waiting for it, Frederique Rajotte claimed it and strode across the line, 19-0.

Emily Belchos featured in the next score as well, crossing the line for the try. It was setup by a strong scrum and off the next phase Belchos was on the left shoulder of #8 Kelly Russell when the defenders focused on Russell she just popped the ball to Belchos who beat a couple of defenders to score, 26-0.


1st half


After the half Australia scored a try to make it 26-5.

Canada scored from another scrum at the Australia 5 metres, all the Australian forwards including the flankers were trying to prevent a push over so replacement scrum half Brianna Miller found lots of space to scamper through for the try, 33-5.

Another Canada scrum at the Australia 5 metres leads to another try, this time #8 Kelly Russell picks it up and powers over, 38-8.

The final play of the game again involved a strong Canada scrum, Kelly Russell a #8 pick up going forward fired it out to the blindside to a streaking Julianne Zussman, final score 45-5.

The usual suspects deserve the kudos, a dominant scrum is the star of the team, that leads to great runs by Kelly Russell and subsequent go forward ball by the forwards. Canada's defence as usual was well organized and didn't have key lapses this game. Emily Belchos was very good at #10 with her passes and running and overall management of the game. The replacement scrumhalf #23 Brianna Miller looked good when she came on.


2nd half


from Rugby Canada

Canada ran in seven tries as they beat Australia 45-5 in its final game of the International Women’s Rugby Series.

Canada got tries from Julianne Zussman (2), Jane Kirby, Frederique Rajotte, Emily Belchos, Brianna Miller and Kelly Russell.

“We wanted to play with a bit more tempo than we’ve been playing with,” captain Kelly Russell said. “You have to learn from previous losses and that’s what we did. This game was a start and we’re keep building ahead of the World Cup.”

Canada came storming out of the gates and in the seventh minute Australia were reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes as Cheyenne Campbell was sent to the sin bin and Canada took advantage as Kirby powered over for a 7-0 lead.

The lead was soon doubled as Canada forced a turnover on defence, Magali Harvey sprinting away before finding Zussman who strolled in.

Rajotte extended Canada’s lead to 19-0 in the 23rd minute before Belchos barged her way over the try line for a 26-0 lead at half time.

After Australia got on the scoreboard, Miller grabbed her first test try as she slithered through a hole to push Canada’s lead to 33-5.

Canada got late tries through captain Russell as well as Zussman to secure a convincing 45-5 victory.

Friday’s game was the final warm-up match for Canada before the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Canada’s Roster vs. England (Name, club, hometown):

1. Carolyn McEwen, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club (Vancouver, BC)
2. Jane Kirby, Highland Fergus Rugby Club (Brampton, ON)
3. DaLeaka Menin, Hornets (Vulcan, AB)
4. Kayla Mack, Saskatoon Wild Oats (Saskatoon, SK)
5. Laura Russell, Toronto Nomads/Cowichan RFC (Bolton, ON)
6. Jacey Grusnick, Barrhaven Scottish (Alliston, ON)
7. Karen Paquin, Club de Rugby de Quebec/Castaway Wanderers (Quebec City, QC)
8. Kelly Russell, captain Toronto Nomads/Cowichan RFC (Bolton, ON)
9. Lori Josephson, Aurora Barbarians (Beaverton, ON)
10. Emily Belchos, Westshore RFC (Innisfil, ON)
11. Frederique Rajotte, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Montreal, QC)
12. Amanda Thornborough, Westshore RFC (Brandon, MB)
13. Brittany Waters, Meraloma Athletic Club/Castaway Wanderers (Vancouver, BC)
14. Magali Harvey, Town of Mont-Royal RFC (Quebec City, QC)
15. Julianne Zussman, Castaway Wanderers (Montreal, QC)
16. Brittany Kassil, Guelph Redcoats (Guelph, ON)
17. Olivia DeMerchant, Woodstock Wildmen/Castaway Wanderers (Mapledale, NB)
18. Tyson Beukeboom, Aurora Barbarians/Cowichan RFC (Uxbridge, ON)
19. Cindy Nelles, Belleville Bulldogs (Belleville, ON)
20. Barbara Mervin, Westshore RFC (Peterborough, ON)
21. Chelsea Guthrie, Stratchona Druids (Edmonton, AB)
22. Alex Tessier, Montreal Barbarians (Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QC)
23. Brianna Miller, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC/Westshore RFC (Pointe-Claire, QC)

Unavailable due to Injury:

Elissa Alarie, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC/Westshore RFC (Trois Rivieres, QC)
Latoya Blackwood, Westshore RFC (Montreal, QC)
Andrea Burk, Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)

Coaching Staff:

Francois Ratier- Head Coach
Shaun Allen- Assistant Coach
Colette McAuley- Technical Support
Nicole Crowley- Manager
Nicole Ainsworth- Athletic Therapist
Nicole Allen- Athletic Therapist
James Kent- Analyst

Scoring Summary:

Canada:

Tries: Julianne Zussman (2), Jane Kirby, Frederique Rajotte, Emily Belchos, Brianna Miller, Kelly Russell

Conversions: Magali Harvey (4)


Canada vs Australia on Friday at 5:30pm: Streamed Live on WorldRugby.Org: Canadian Roster Announced


[ed. comments below]
posted June 16 2017

Both Elissa Alarie and Andrea Burk are injured and unavailable so some juggling in the backline is required. Brittany Waters comes back at outside centre with Amanda Thornborough sliding to inside centre and Emily Belchos regains the #10 spot.

Both Australia and Canada are going into the game 0-2 in the tournament. Australia have a -70 differential while Canada has a -19. Canada are ranked 3rd in the world, Australia are ranked 6th. Canada should end the tournament on a high note with the win.

Live streaming is from worldrugby.org at 5:30pm PT on Friday.

from Rugby Canada

Canada’s senior women will look to finish the International Women’s Rugby Series on a high Friday against Australia.

Head coach Francois Ratier has made three changes to his starting XV as Jane Kirby, Frederique Rajotte and Brittany Waters come into the lineup.

Kirby will start at hooker with Carolyn McEwen and DaLeaka Menin at prop. Laura Russell drops into lock with Kayla Mack while Jacey Grusnick, Karen Paquin and captain Kelly Russell form the back row.

Lori Josephson again starts at scrum-half while Emily Belchos moves back to fly-half after starting Canada’s last game in centre. It’ll be a Quebec connection on the wing as Rajotte joins Magali Harvey out wide while Waters and Amanda Thornborough play in the centres. Julianne Zussman occupies her usual spot at fullback.

Canada enters Friday’s game against Australia winless in the IWRS after defeats to No. 1 ranked New Zealand and No. 2 ranked England. Canada, who are the third ranked team in the world, will look to beat No. 6 Australia, who are also winless.

Friday’s game kicks off at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT and can be seen LIVE on www.worldrugby.org

Canada’s Roster vs. England (Name, club, hometown):

1. Carolyn McEwen, Burnaby Lake Rugby Club (Vancouver, BC)
2. Jane Kirby, Highland Fergus Rugby Club (Brampton, ON)
3. DaLeaka Menin, Hornets (Vulcan, AB)
4. Kayla Mack, Saskatoon Wild Oats (Saskatoon, SK)
5. Laura Russell, Toronto Nomads/Cowichan RFC (Bolton, ON)
6. Jacey Grusnick, Barrhaven Scottish (Alliston, ON)
7. Karen Paquin, Club de Rugby de Quebec/Castaway Wanderers (Quebec City, QC)
8. Kelly Russell, captain Toronto Nomads/Cowichan RFC (Bolton, ON)
9. Lori Josephson, Aurora Barbarians (Beaverton, ON)
10. Emily Belchos, Westshore RFC (Innisfil, ON)
11. Frederique Rajotte, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC (Montreal, QC)
12. Amanda Thornborough, Westshore RFC (Brandon, MB)
13. Brittany Waters, Meraloma Athletic Club/Castaway Wanderers (Vancouver, BC)
14. Magali Harvey, Town of Mont-Royal RFC (Quebec City, QC)
15. Julianne Zussman, Castaway Wanderers (Montreal, QC)
16. Brittany Kassil, Guelph Redcoats (Guelph, ON)
17. Olivia DeMerchant, Woodstock Wildmen/Castaway Wanderers (Mapledale, NB)
18. Tyson Beukeboom, Aurora Barbarians/Cowichan RFC (Uxbridge, ON)
19. Cindy Nelles, Belleville Bulldogs (Belleville, ON)
20. Barbara Mervin, Westshore RFC (Peterborough, ON)
21. Chelsea Guthrie, Stratchona Druids (Edmonton, AB)
22. Alex Tessier, Montreal Barbarians (Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QC)
23. Brianna Miller, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC/Westshore RFC (Pointe-Claire, QC)

Unavailable due to Injury:

Elissa Alarie, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue RFC/Westshore RFC (Trois Rivieres, QC)
Latoya Blackwood, Westshore RFC (Montreal, QC)
Andrea Burk, Capilano RFC (North Vancouver, BC)

Coaching Staff:

Francois Ratier- Head Coach
Shaun Allen- Assistant Coach
Colette McAuley- Technical Support
Nicole Crowley- Manager
Nicole Ainsworth- Athletic Therapist
Nicole Allen- Athletic Therapist
James Kent- Analyst

International Women's Rugby Series Schedule:

Friday, 9 June – Wellington

Black Ferns 28-16 Canada
Australia 10-53 England

Tuesday, 13 June - Christchurch

Canada 20-27 England
Black Ferns vs. Australia

Saturday, 17 June - Rotorua

Black Ferns vs. England
Australia vs. Canada





 
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